This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.Herbert Simon coined the neologism in 1955, referring to the observation that managers most of the time settle for a satisfactory solution that suffices for the time being rather than pursue the optimum solution that a 'rational model' would likely yield.
An essay is a common type of academic writing that you'll likely be asked to do in multiple classes.
Before you start writing your essay, make sure you understand the details of the assignment so that you know how to approach the essay and what your focus should be.
For example: (page 11) We commonly begin our analysis of a problem by formulating our conclusions; we thus start at what should be the end of the analytic process.
Our analysis usually focuses on the solution we intuitively favor; we therefore give inadequate attention to alternative solutions.
He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
There are 19 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.Tip: If possible, have someone else check your work.When you've been looking at your own writing for too long, your brain begins to fill in what it expects to see rather than what's actually there, making it harder for you to spot mistakes.When assigned a college essay, make sure to check the specific structural conventions related to your essay genre, your field of study, and your professor's expectations."Tip: Some writers find it helpful to write the introduction after they've written the rest of the essay.Once you've written out your main points, it's easier to summarize the gist of your essay in a few introductory sentences.A more formal proof it's the only reliable way forward: process to break a problem down into the smaller pieces necessary to solve it.Each piece becomes a smaller and easier problem to solve. Each smaller problem is a smaller piece of the puzzle to find and solve.Not surprisingly, the solution we intuitively favor is, more often than not, the first one that seems satisfactory.Economists call this phenomenon satisficing (a merging of satisfy and suffice).Once you've chosen a topic, do some research and narrow down the main argument(s) you'd like to make.From there, you'll need to write an outline and flesh out your essay, which should consist of an introduction, body, and conclusion.