Problem-solution essays are a common essay type, especially for short essays such as subject exams or IELTS.
The page gives information on what they are, how to structure this type of essay, and gives an example problem-solution essay on the topic of obesity and fitness levels.
Problem-solution essays are actually a sub-type of another type of essay, which has the following four components: The 'situation' may be included in the essay prompt, in which case it will not be needed in the main body.
If it is needed, it can often be included in the introduction, especially for short essays, as with the example essay below.
Problem-solution essays consider the problems of a particular situation, and give solutions to those problems.
They are in some ways similar to cause and effect essays, especially in terms of structure (see below).
If you’re still stumped for ideas, then take heart.
In this blog post, I offer 40 problem-solution essay topics to help you get started.
Next, give two or three reasons for solving the problem with subsequent headings or paragraphs.
Discuss other possible solutions using a new heading or paragraph and explain what distinguishes your solution.