If you're writing a persuasive essay as part of a timed essay exam, you'll be provided with information that you can use as evidence, or you'll be asked to draw on your own experiences as evidence for your arguments.
For example, if you're writing a persuasive essay in which you argue that your school should offer a free tutoring service staffed by student volunteers, you'll need to provide evidence to support your thesis, or main argument.
You might refute this point by countering that the school does not have the funds to hire professional tutors and that your school is home to more than enough students who could very effectively work as tutors and who might be motivated to perform their duties well through a system that awards course credits for their work.
So we know that you'll need to identify major argumentative points in support of your thesis, that you'll need to present evidence in support of those points, and that you'll need to refute opposing ideas.
Doing this will help you determine the best ways to arrange your points with respect to the opposing views that you'll raise and refute. Do your strengths lie in the major argumentative points that you sketched out in support of your thesis?
Is your most effective point one that comes from refuting an opposing view?
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