Get an A in this essay!Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Tips for succeeding in this essay and those to come
Let’s face it: writing is not your forté. Even so, all through your academic life you will have to deal with many, many writing tasks. In this essay, the one you are preparing today, you have a chance to change for good, and do things right!
Do you often wonder how is it that you don’t get more than C minus best essays while others, like yourself, are always trying harder for nothing? Is there such thing as an “essay recipe” that they know of, and you don’t? While it is (sadly) true that some people are more skilled at writing tasks –and if you have read up to here, we may assume that’s not your case-, you can’t trust your writing skills only. In fact, you can always learn new things and improve your writing with practice.
So, don’t freak out. You can also write a great essay. Do not expect them to be magical, but with these tips, you may write much better and get a high mark in this essay as well as in those to come.
Begin by using some help
You can start by downloading and completing an essay template: that is, a generic essay model you literally need to “complete” in order to produce an essay. When you need help organizing your essay in an effective way, you may find these templates really useful. However, you should be careful when using them. If you constrain yourself to just “fill in the blanks”, the result will be quite poor, and you will probably fail. Templates are solely intended to give the student a quick idea on how to organize their writing in the very first stages. From that point onwards, you should develop your creative writing and only take the essay template as a general guideline.
Find the appropriate register
Perhaps you have never written in an academic language before. It doesn’t matter! Try it in this essay and you will do much better! Always keep in mind there should be a formal distance between you and the potential reader (your teacher, who will correct and mark your essay). So improve the essay style by changing phrases, like “I think” or “I believe” by others a bit more formal, such as “Based on my experience”, or “In my opinion”.
Get the reader’s attention
You should consider that the best possible essays are always those everyone loves to read. They apply to the reader’s interests and motivate their curiosity by displaying pieces of information little by little. They provide funny, familiar examples the reader is likely to recognize, etc. In this essay, make sure you -as the essay writer- also show your own thoughts as well as an opposite point of view some readers may have.
You won’t become a great writer without some effort. However, if you try hard, you can certainly improve your writing skills sooner than you think.