A student asked me the following question:
If the question asks "To what extent do you agree or disagree?", can I discuss the two views of other people and end with my opinion in the conclusion?
I hope most of you know that the answer is NO. This is the big mistake that so many people make - they write a "discussion" essay instead of an "opinion" essay.
When the question asks "To what extent do you agree or disagree?", you should state your view in the introduction, support it in the main body paragraphs, and repeat or summarise it in the conclusion. The whole essay needs to be about YOUR views, not the views of other people.