How to Write a Problem Solution Essay

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How to Write a Problem Solution Essay
Writing a problem solution essay will be simple with the right steps. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

A problem solution essay is an essay in which a problem is proposed and explained, and then a variety of solutions are provided in the subsequent paragraphs. Problem solution essays are commonly given in all grade levels including college and university. The essay style helps to measure a student's ability to identify a problem and provide solutions. By following a simple formula, the problem solution essay will be a simple assignment regardless of the topic.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Choose a topic and clearly define the problem that is going to be dealt with. Include a strong thesis statement in the opening paragraph. Examples of topics include global warming, unemployment and domestic abuse.

  2. 2

    Research and elaborate on the problem. Include information on where the problem derives from, how far reaching the problem is, why the problem needs to be solved, and the potential effects if the problem remains unsolved. Include statistics and other supporting material that clearly demonstrates why the topic is a problem to begin with.

  3. 3

    Present and explain multiple solutions. Include any solutions that have already been discussed and/or implemented and explain why they are not the ideal solution to the problem.

  4. 4

    Present and explain the best solution. Include an explanation as to why your solution is the best one. Address any arguments or concerns that potential readers or opponents of the solution may have. Also provide details as to how the solution can be implemented.

Tips and warnings

  • The thesis statement can be completed after the essay is fully written. This can help to more clearly define exactly what your thesis is.

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