Personal Experience Essay Suggestions
Some Suggestions for Writing a Personal Experience Essay
- When you see the topic, quickly choose one experience from your life that relates to the topic.
- Write down some quick notes about the experience on a separate piece of paper.
- Don’t waste time on a formal introduction; jump right into the experience or story. Save general statements for the conclusion.
- For most personal experience essays, use simple past or past continuous tense. If something happened previous to the personal experience, use past perfect.
- Include details to make your essay interesting (but don’t get off the topic.)
see, hear, smell, feel, taste.
emotions, thought, actions.
(What were you thinking, feeling and doing?)
- Conclude by telling what you learned from the experience.
- Don’t worry about grammar. Take five minutes at the end to proofread your essay. (Reading aloud helps you catch your mistakes.)
- Remember: Specific is Terrific!