Writing can be a daunting task. However, there is no escape from it especially for students as it is an obligatory part of their academics and its rigors.
Every student knows the basics and outline of writing an essay, which includes the introduction with a thesis statement, the body that contains several paragraphs, and lastly an impressive conclusion that reinforces the main topic and important points discussed in the essay.
But this is not as simple as it seems. There is a myriad of things to consider when crafting an essay. Students feel anxious to show it to others. Why? It is because they deem themselves incapable of writing a perfect essay. Students can also seek extra help from professional writers available online, just ask them, “I want your help to write my papers”, and they will contact you.
In this article, a checklist is formulated especially for the apprehensive students to use to identify their essay writing mistakes and become their own editor.
Do not neglect a thesis statement
A thesis statement is an important part of the introduction in an essay. A thesis statement tells the readers the main focus or point of view of what the essay is all about.
The common mistake made by the students is that they forget to write this statement in the introduction of their essay.
- Make sure you have written an engaging thesis statement to capture your readers’ attention.
- Write the thesis statement at the end of the introduction part. In this way, the main idea of the statement blends with the body of the essay.
Do not just restate introduction in the conclusion
It is usually thought that the conclusion, i.e. the last paragraph of your essay is a place only to reinforce or restate your introduction or the thesis statement. The conclusion is an important part that holds great importance where you can show the progress of the essay is achieved
- Write an engaging statement about what you have tried to prove in the essay.
- End your essay with intriguing questions, or new ideas, or with a relevant quote as food for thought for the readers.
- Avoid using the phrase, ‘In conclusion’, as it restricts it to be just the concluding part and not beyond something more engaging and stimulating for the readers.
Provide adequate information
Mostly, students use and cram the essay with too much information and too many facts.
You need to filter the information to narrow it down for the readers to process and easily understand what you intend to convey to them.
- Make sure that if it is a graded essay then stick to the prompt question.
- Do not forget to include the main points and key information you are expected to provide.
- Avoid excessive information and facts.
Do not make it hard to read
Many students in order to prove their competence in writing an essay, make it unintelligible for the readers. Creating a complex structure and using fancy and difficult words trying their best to stick to the writing style instructed to them. They need to understand that they simply have to write an essay that presents a message which is clear and concise.
- Avoid using difficult words and phrases
- Use simple sentences to convey the information
- Do not digress from the main idea of the essay
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