How to Write a Cause and Effect Essay in 3 Hours


When you are writing a cause and effect essay you should bear in mind the following tips while writing:

  1. 1. Remember that you should keep your purpose in mind at all times. Decide early on if you are writing to persuade your audience or to inform them.

  2. 2. You should focus on the direct and immediate causes or effects. Try and limit yourself to the causes and/or effects which are close in time or closely related rather than indirect or remote causes and/or effects which might be related indirectly or occur at later dates.

  3. 3. You can strengthen the argument you are making with supporting evidence. Define any terms that are unique and provide facts and statistics to support your points. You can also include examples or personal observations if they support your argument.

  4. 4. Qualify your statements. Make sure there is clear evidence that one item is related to another and qualify your statements with words such as “it seems likely” or “the evidence indicates” or “available evidence suggests”.

Above all it is important that you ask yourself the following questions before you begin your writing:

  • What are the causes of this event?
  • What are the effects of this event
  • Which of the causes and/or effects should be emphasized?
  • Is there one cause or multiple causes?
  • Is there one effect or multiple effects?
  • Is there some form of a chain reaction taking place?

If you are having difficulty coming up with an idea for your cause and effect paper you can always skim over your textbooks or review class notes. You can literally turn anything into a cause and effect if there are ties.

If you are searching for a cause and effect topic idea in the field of psychology for example you can review the list of example topics below and see if anything stands out:

  • Write about the causes and/or effects of physical attraction
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of intelligence tests
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of dreams
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of child abuse
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of Schizophrenia
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of memory
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of learning disabilities
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of depression
  • Write about the causes and/or effects of criminal psychology