Synthesis Essays: Why on Earth?

Why

A synthesis essay seems a regular essay with its central idea or topic, introduction, thesis statements, paragraphs and all that stuff. It isn’t too big or too small and it has the .docx format. However, a synthesis essay requires truly serious research and ages to produce, not even because of the essay, but because of the number of sources for close reading. An essay written at the last night before the deadline means at least two weeks of preparation. Moreover, you have to remember and think about your synthesis essay beforehand. Why? What does this “nasty” work give you besides a mark?

Reading

Reading

If you think you were taught to read at three or five, you’re mistaking. Reading, just like writing, is a super important and super complicated skill taking the entire life to get. If you just read, you’ll write your essay in a year and it won’t probably be synthesis. Moreover, reading is not the first thing to do. Firstly, you should choose your topic, draft your thesis and choose the point of view on your sources. They, especially big thick books, tell about a vast variety of interesting things, but you need just a few pages of information. This is why you do need a narrow point of view. For example, Maeterlinck wrote about myriads of philosophical problems in his pieces and essays, but you are only interested in blindness. So you look for it everywhere, in every work, character and image, in every critique, study or even textbook. Not mentioning close reading, there is also the art of selective reading. If you go further, you’ll reach a selective look at the world. You’ll see Maeterlinck’s ideas of blindness around you, in your relatives, friends, teachers, public people. In addition, you’ll learn to understand the idea you need from a smaller part of your source. Its author is also a human being who wants to write more, more than you as a human being want to read. Honestly, the skill isn’t very good, but it does help to study.

Thinking

Thinking

How is your essay called? Syn-the-sis, synthesis, right? What does it mean? Synthesis is one out of the variety of operations our mind can process. It means taking various points (sources, ideas, units of information, whatever), combining them and producing something new out of them all. Recorrelating and recombining the elements of something is called synthesis as well. Synthesis is an exclusively important mind operation, as it provides the main creative power. Okay, the very main creative power is an inspiration, but the capacity of combining separate elements in new ways is also very useful, as we never really invent anything new, we just take existing symbols and make it out of them. Sometimes, in fact, quite often or even in most cases synthesis is preceded by analysis, which is no less important and no less basic. Analysis is dividing something into elements, looking at them and the connections between them. Briefly, it’s what you do when you read closely – all those colorful highlights and notes. Metaphysics say that analysis and synthesis exclude each other, while the newer dialectic logic argues that they are the two sides of one process, just like all opposites. Anyway, they are the most needed skills in any research, mental work or just life.

Writing

Writing

Just like reading, writing isn’t just something taught in the kindergarten. Honestly, every essay teaches you to write as much as you can. A synthesis essay teaches you to write as briefly as you can. While writing as much as you can. Looking deeper, it teaches to compress ideas and information, which leads to a better structure, a better logic and a reader-friendlier text. Imagine that your essay is not only your essay. Your answers at classes, public speeches and presentations are also texts that should be well-composed and as informative as possible, while strictly sticking to the time limit. It especially concerns power point presentations, which mustn’t contain too much text. Choosing the essential, combining it well and writing or saying it is logically precious not only in science, but in every-day life. For example, if you want to explain your significant other what the problem of your relationship is without hurting them or starting a quarrel, what do you need? The same skills! Instead of an hour-long talk about nothing, repeating the same thousands of times and driving your significant other mad, you’ll do exactly what you wanted – explain the problem. Just imagine how useful it is in communication with your parents! Brief, logical and well-structured speech – that’s what you get writing synthesis essays.

No matter if you want it or not, if you like it or not and if you feel like it or not, you’ll face the necessity to write those creepy (or gripping?) synthesis essays. Be glad that anyway, afterwards you’ll get a great collection of mental skills to use in all spheres of life. They are close reading, selective reading, analysis, synthesis, brief and logical speech. Pay attention that the thinking point is in the center of this essay. So should it be in all your essays, for generally, both reading and writing are also thinking. 

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