Essay/exam questions are often asked for explanation of a relationship between different factors, i.e. cause and effect, strength and weakness. The relationship between the variables is often complicated in management studies. So it is important to take time to explain that as clearly and fully as possible.
This means not to try to explain everything in one overlong sentence, or in a complicated sentence structure, and it is fine to use two or three connected sentences to explain that relationship.
You could consider using TEEE framework for structuring your argument in a paragraph. Each paragraph should only focus on discussing ONE SINGLE topic/idea.
- T – Topic sentence (the key idea, normally as the first sentence)
- E – Explanation and development of that idea – your interpretation
- E – Evidence to support the idea (other’s research) and bring references with you
- E – Examples to apply the idea
You don’t always have to contain all four elements in that same order in a paragraph, but it gives you a framework to follow in your writing generally.
Let's use TEEE framework to examine two paragraphs in a sampler essay :-
- TEEE framework sampler paragraphs activity sheet (updated Dec 2016)
Research suggest an ideal length of a paragraph is between 4 to 7 sentences, and the recommended length of a sentence is approx 20 to 30 words. Once a sentence reaches 30 words, or goes over, the meaning can often get lost or confused.
For further tips and examples of good/poor writing, please see: