I honestly thought I made good essays in high school. They weren't bad but they weren't exactly the most spectacular thing my teachers have ever read in their lives. Once I got to college, I was kind of shocked that I was placed in Basic English. Through the classes I took, I started to realize that there are so many skills I have to hone to make a good essay. A good essay isn't paragraphs of fancy words or just wit. Here are some tips on how to write a good essay.