Regardless of the amount of studying one does in school, no matter how many facts one thinks he or she knows, it will not be of any worth unless one is capable of utilizing this knowledge. Writing essays in school helps students to use the knowledge they take in and incorporate these ideas into their own understanding of the world. With the style, the need to cite other works, and the requirement to expand and conclude on what one is trying to say helps the student better understand the material.This also helps the teacher know the student is able to apply what they are learning and truly understands the material.
In an essay, written in primary, secondary, or even during college education, students learn to use the facts they gather during class to express their ideas. It is important for a student to use quotes from the text that they read, to describe what they understand or to prove their position on a matter. It is a key aspect to learning to pull out ideas and expand on what has been said.
It is further important not only to use quotes to express what you understand but to draw conclusions from the material. In learning to draw conclusions students will find they may develop better problem solving skills and a better understanding of what the authors they are reading are really saying. If we don’t learn to draw our own conclusions where is our progress in society?
When a student is focused on learning something it is better to learn not only to read about it, and answer test questions, but to truly share what they are learning in their own words. It is important that education is not just a regurgitation of material, but a development of a students ability to comprehend, apply, interpret and express their own ideas on the subject matter.