If you want to progress in your academic career, you are going to have to learn how to write a good essay. There are plenty of simple hints and tips you can apply to help you in this endeavour.
To enhance your creativity and to enhance your writing skills, read other essays. Analyze the work and see what makes their work great and use the same strategies. Look at the evidence they have presented and their logical reasoning, how does the author back up their claims?
Before you start writing spend some time brainstorming your ideas. When you think about your topic what comes to mind. Write everything down, you may be able to use it later. Always carry a pen and paper with you, you might get a surge of creative energy when you least expect it.
Examine the ideas you have come up with and choose up to three of your strongest points. You should be able to support these ideas using evidence from your research. You will then need to write a thesis statement summarizing the ideas that you plan on presenting. What you are doing here is letting the reader know where you intend on going with your argument and why.
Your thesis statement should be very focused and include your topic as well as what you intend to present. Do not write your thesis statement in first person and refrain from asking a question.
Create a sentence for your main ideas. You will then need to compile your evidence from your research materials. You should have three arguments supporting each point.
In this section you will need to think about length, if you have got a lot to say you can get carried away writing. Stick to the word count, if your teacher asks you to write 2000 words broken down into 5 paragraphs make sure that you do that. You are not going to get extra marks for more work. When writing the body of your essay, you should avoid making sweeping generalizations. Always make sure that you can back up your claims.
Avoid the use of personal pronouns such as “we,” “my,” “you,” “your.” Use supporting arguments to tell your reader why your statement is true.
These are two of the most important aspects of your essay. This is what is going to draw the reader. Your teacher is always going to read your work, they are paid to. However, if you are writing for a contest or for college admissions you should really adhere to this principle. Refrain from using obvious expressions such as “I will be talking about,” or “I will now investigate.”
Use the “inverted pyramid” formula. This is where you begin with a broad description of your subject, and then you progressively narrow it down until you arrive at the thesis statement.
Your conclusion is your last attempt to convince the reader about the validity of your main argument. You will summarize your main points and answer questions such as what the next phase in research in this subject area should consist of, as well as discuss any questions that remain unanswered.
The conclusion is the end of your assignment, it should be compelling and powerful to give the reader something to think about. If a gymnast gives a stellar performance on the balancing beam and then falls on the landing, their great performance is forgotten about. A gymnast is told to “stick the landing,” apply this concept to the end of your essay!
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