Every college student will be required to write a comparative essay and not just the one. From the beginning, it's important to understand exactly the nature of the comparative essay. You need to take two issues and compare or contrast them. It could be two famous people, it could be two comparable software programs, it could be two conflicts or international wars or it could be a comparison between different sized colleges, large and small. This article aims to show you how to write a comparative essay. The key word here of course is contrast. You are contrasting the two aspects of your essay. And the better you are at listing the various points regarding each aspect, the better your comparative essay will be. Concentrate on that particular point. The reader of your comparative essay will be looking for how well you describe each of the contrasting elements and how well your comparison of the two is described. That’s the key of knowing how to write a comparative essay.