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What is an essay?

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What is an essay?

     Often in a variety of faculties, teachers ask students to write an essay. This helps to better understand the course of the students’ thoughts and sometimes opens them from an unexpected side (provided, of course, that the works they wrote themselves).
    
Many students are frightened by this task, because, at first glance, it is completely incomprehensible what they want from them and how the task ready for delivery should look. But in fact, writing an essay is much simpler than an essay or coursework, because in many respects it looks like school essays on a given topic, and with them for several years of study at school everyone should have become acquainted closely enough.
    
If you translate from French, then an essay is an attempt, or a trial. In other words, it is a kind of literary genre, which is distinguished by a small amount (as a rule, up to 5 pages), the absence of strict rules on the design and structure of content and presentation. For example, if for writing a term paper or a thesis some methodological recommendations and design requirements are usually developed and published, with a clear list of the chapters to be contained in the work, their content, the minimum number of sources used with specific years of publication, etc. , then for the essay, there are usually no requirements or they are minimal and limited to the amount of work (3-5 pages) and strict requirements for the uniqueness of the text (sometimes up to 90%).
    
The high demands on the uniqueness of the essay are due to several reasons. When giving a task to write an essay, the teacher, as a rule, wants to hear the thoughts of a particular student, to understand how well he is able to present them, what point of view he has, whether he can argue, how much he is capable of a coherent story, etc. Since this is not a scientific text, devoid of formulas, common places, theoretical materials, etc., it is a priori assumed that there can not be two absolutely identical points of view expressed in different creative works. Therefore, it is better not to write off the work of each other and not to download the finished work from the Internet. A competent and corrosive teacher will quickly understand that they are not written by you, and will not credit them.