When you go to college you will be bombarded with essays and assignments and it can seem very scary at first especially if you have never done any before. But once you get the hang of it they are really quite repetitive. There are a few different ways of doing things depending on what degree you are doing. This is a format that works for me but don't worry if you try this and it dosn't feel like its working for you. Try looking up Pinterest there are tons of really helpful blog posts on there too.
The biggest tip I have for people who have never done essays before is don't be afraid to ask for help. You could ask your lecturers what in particular they would like to see in their essay, I recommend doing this for every lecturer you have as they will all look for something different. Also ask a 2nd year they have done your course and know what worked for them.
Step 1 - Referencing
This is step no.1 because it is the most important part of your essay ! Again depending on what course you study and the country you are in you may have different referencing systems. You have got to reference were you get your information and any pictures or diagrams that you used. If you don't its referred to as plagiarism ( basically you stole someone else's work ) this is a huge no no and comes with really severe consequences. So before you start anything make sure you know what referencing style your going to use.
Step 2 - Title
First of all you need a title. Your title should clearly identify what your essay is trying to prove. It should be one clear sentence and not any longer.
Step 3- Introduction
The introduction should tell the reader exactly what you are testing, a small amount of background theory and weather of not you have proven your theory.
Step 4- Body of the text
The body of the text should show any evidence, you should remain objective. You also include any research you have done.
Step 5- Conclusion
Your conclusion should summarize exactly what you have talked about throughout the essay. Restate your theory and show if you have proven it.
Step 6- Reference page
You should be taking notes of all the books and journals you are taking information from as you go along. At the end of the essay you should have a page dedicated to every bit of information you have referenced and where you got that information from.