As this TalentEgg essay writing series progresses, stay tuned for more tips and tricks about how to write an essay (and maybe some more food analogies). More articles in the Essay Writing series: Photo credit: Essay time by Tim Riley on Flickr, october 1, 2011October 28, 2014. You can split arguments into multiple paragraphs; you can have multiple introductory paragraphs; you dont have to regurgitate your thesis in the conclusion and you can even counteract arguments within your paper. How you put it together depends on your writing style. But if you are lacking the items mentioned above, your essay will be missing the focus needed for your to argue your point effectively. The top of the bun was your intro, the meat and the toppings your body paragraph, and the bottom of the bun was your conclusion. The food analogy made it easy for you to remember (and maybe atrifle peckish ). Im now responsible for marking undergraduate essays as ateaching assistant. Because of my experiences as a student and a TA, I know what a good essay consists of. Perhaps most importantly, I also know what TAs and professors are looking for when they mark, at least in general. Essay-writing, and communicating effectively in general, is the key to doing well in university as well as succeeding in the work force. But what does a good essay look like? How does one argue effectively? But, there are key elements that you learned in the hamburger method that you still need to apply in university, even though you have left the five paragraph structure behind. In either essay you need: thesis statement (what you are trying to prove) mapping statement or statements (what and how you will argue) topic sentences (sentences that introduce your topics). How do I get a good mark? I know exactly where youre coming from: during my undergrad, I wrote close to 100 essays, varying in length from two-page film reviews to 40-page theses.