Writing an essay is like buying skincare; if you choose the wrong product, your face could come up in a rash instead of looking better. Likewise, if you choose the wrong essay question, you could end up red in the face through the sheer stress of trying to write it. Let’s imagine that you have to write an education essay on TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). You have a list to choose from that includes:
- How to teach the present perfect continuous.
- How to plan a lesson using the Presentation – Practice – Production Model.
- How to use Total Physical Response within your lesson plan.
- Using your own Realia.
- How to develop intonation with primary school children.
If you go through the list, you may find that you are really not that clear on the present perfect continuous and need to work at it some more yourself. Don’t be tempted to choose a subject that you are vague on thinking it will help you to understand it better. It will simply make you more stressed and you won’t get the best grade for it either. Likewise, if you look at the second question on lesson planning and although you know how to do it, you find it super dreary, don’t be tempted to write on that either. When you are writing an education essay, your passion needs to shine through. If you find the subject dull, this will reflect in your writing and the reader is sure to glaze over. If you look at the third question and the fifth question and they both apply more to young children and your interest is in adult education, then you have your choice providing “using your own Realia is something that you understand and find interesting, that is your question. Of course, there are times when all the questions are unsuitable for your own individual needs. In cases, like that you have to choose the one that is the least painful.