Want to master the skills of essay writing? You want to write your essay with eyes closed.
It is possible, but certainly not easy.
I mean with practice you are sure to get on the right foot.
Essay writing is a nightmare if you don’t know what to do and what not to do.
Writing essay is compulsory from high school to university. Thus, your life can be boring if you don’t know the secrets.
I know there many other students struggling with the same problem. Yet they do not take time to read.
You might even save a few pennies by reading this. Besides helping you with assignment, I want you to master how we do it. I want you to save a few coins.
I mean, there are many good things that come with writing your essay. And to do that, you start by learning.
Are you in high school or university? It’s not too late to learn.
So pour yourself a cup of Joe, take a deep breath and follow the do’s and don’ts of killer essay writing.
The Do’s of essay writing
1. Do: Use simple sentence
You have heard this more than one thousand times. But for it to stick in your brain, I had to repeat it.
Using simple sentences makes your essay sweet and easy to read. Long sentences are boring. In fact, the reader may get bored to finish the essay. To keep the reader interested. Use simple sentences with simple words.
It is not bad to write with sophisticated words. But you are writing an essay. You are not competing with Shakespeare.
Using simple sentences also let the reader easily understand the ideas of the essay. Just keep it simple, okay?
2. Do: Write thesis statement
An essay without a thesis statement is not complete. The thesis statement is everything there is to an essay. Many students do not even know how to write a perfect thesis statement. But I will show you. Read this article
3. Do: be specific
Ever read an essay you can’t even follow. ..? Like you have to dig deep into the statements to get its meaning? It is because of generalization.
Writing an essay especially in college needs you be to be specific. You can start with a broad idea then narrow it down. I mean what is the point of writing if you cannot focus?
4. Do : cite you essay
As much as you are allowed to write in your own words, do not forget to cite. Unless it is clearly stated in the instructions, always cite your sources.
Does it make sense to write a 5 page essay without consulting other sources?
If you have been writing your essay without citing, then try citing them. You will see the difference.
You are not sure how to cite see samples here and then read this article.
5. Do : plan your essay
Ever written an essay than get stuck in the middle? Then you do not plan.
Before putting pen to paper, write an outline. Start from the title and work downward. Read the sources. Do a thorough research and write down the points. Use those points to write an outline.
Don’t how to write an outline? Here is an example
6. Do : use transition between your paragraphs
If you want your essay to flow well, use transition words.
- For this reason
Just to name a few.
Do not leave the reader to guess that you are starting a new paragraph. I mean, it is practical for him or her to see, but rules are rules.
7. Do : use formal language
Unless it is stated in the instruction never use an informal language. An essay is not a blog. It is educational and formal.
Do not use personal pronouns like; I, me, you, we, unless you are writing an essay about yourself.
8. Do: structure your essay
The structure makes the essay attractive and essay to read. Have a clear introduction, body and conclusion.
I have heard many students asking whether it is a must to include the conclusion.
My answer to this question is yes. Want to know why I think so, read this article.
9. Do: start early
I know you wait until the last minute to write your essay. I used to do so.
If you do not feel to write, read, look for sources. In the end, you will have less work to do. Starting early helps you to maximize on your grades.
When you start early, you have a chance to proofread your work..
10. Do : proofread your essay
Please! Please! proofread your essay for grammar and punctuation mistakes. It sounds easy, but it is important.
You might also consider asking your friend to help you. Give it to your mama or dad. Also consider taking a short break then come back to proofread
Don’ts of essay writing
11. Don’t: Clutter
Writing is art. I always say this; do not write unnecessary words. If you can explain an idea with two words, why use seven words to explain it?
As much as possible, keep you essay off run on sentences. Clutter makes an essay chaotic.
Remember you are writing for someone else. You are not writing for you.
Recommended for you: What are some good tips on how to cut clutter in your writing?
12. Don’t: plagiarize..
If you want to kill your academic life, try plagiarizing. I know many students have been suspended because of plagiarism. Do not copy and paste.
Read and write in your own words. Then cite the sources accordingly. But if the essay needs you to use quotes, cite them well.
13. Don’t: overwrite
There is a reason you were told to write 7 pages. Do not write 20 pages.
Some people will tell you that writing more than required is a good idea. Don’t do it please. The word count is a good way for the professor to access your discipline.
Limiting yourself to the word count is not easy.
In fact, it is likely that when you exceed the word count, you start writing unnecessary thing. You start adding clutter and going off topic. Stick to your lane. Period
14. Don’t: over summarize facts
It is okay for you to use facts, but do not summarize information.
Use your opinion and support it with facts. What the professor want to see is an argument. And if it is necessary for you to summarize fact, use what is relevant to the prompt.
You aim is to show that you understand the prompt. You cannot show that by over summarizing facts.
15. Don’t: mix numbers and text
You know that time you are tempted to write “7” instead of seven. Don’t do it. Unless, you are writing a technical essay, do not include numbers and text in your essay.
If you are using numbers use numbers throughout the text. And if you are using text, use text throughout the essay.
16. Don’t: bribe your professor.
It doesn’t work. The money, chocolate, lunch…Don’t try. If you want to get good grades, follow the instructions. Attend classes and don’t take your assignment for granted.
17. Don’t: Submit late
Your professor might not tell you this, but submitting your paper late can cost you. You need to prepare early, start writing and submit the essay on time.
Time management is good. It will help you to avoid lateness.
18. Don’t: use shortened versions of words
Ever found yourself using words like; can’t, won’t, couldn’t, weren’t or wouldn’t. It is an essay not a tweet. Stick to the rules.
Even so, some teacher might feel irritated when marking your paper. Besides, using contractions confuses the reader.
19. Don’t: use slang
Slang is a cliché’ word that is used in everyday street talk. Thus it is against the do’s of essay writing. Word like big deal, freak out, okay, yeah, watsup, are slang. They come as fast as they go.
Instead of using the words ‘freak out’ say ‘scared’.
20. Don’t: put two ideas in one paragraph
Each paragraph should have a single idea. Have a topic sentence, and then make you claim and proof it.
Putting two ideas in the same paragraph makes it to look overly long. It might even make the reader bored.
21. Don’t; swear in you essay
Writing an essay is formal and not in formal. You know those sexy words like “shit, holy shit, motherfucler, bullshit, ooh my god, fuck ‘em.” (Men I like using this words). But I plead with you to avoid them.
Put your audience in mind. The essay will be read by someone else. Some people may feel offended by the negative language.
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