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Tuesday May 08, 2018

How to Write Essays: the Best Tips

Oh boy, another essay task. Unfortunately for you, it is one of the most common tasks they assign to students. You will receive this assignment very often in high school or upon entering college, so you must know how to write a good essay. Some say that it's easy with enough practice, but sometimes you don't have enough time to acquire that experience.

Individual students have a knack for composing a perfect essay on the go. However, some people are more predisposed to other tasks. So it can be quite confusing for them to figure out how to write a proper essay. Besides, you don't always get enough time to draft, having a lot of responsibilities and duties on your shoulders. But this time, we're not going to focus on the time-managing side of studying. The goal of this guide is to provide you with practical tips on how to create a winning essay without headaches.

Why not start right away?

There is a variety of essays you may have to tackle, and, without any tips on essay writing, it can be tough to come up with a well-written paper.

Note: Sometimes, essays can be a deciding factor when you're trying to get a scholarship or applying to a college or a postgraduate program. For international students who want to study abroad, a well-written application essay can be their key to an education that's free of student loans.

In any case, it is of utmost importance to make your essay according to requirements and formatting rules. For that purpose, you may need some essay writing tips from experts. This simple task will be a frequent guest of yours, so you have to pick up some writing skills from professional writers. Don't leave it all to chance and learn from the best to become the best. We offer you a short five-step guide derived from years of experience! Don't be scared to use some help when writing an essay. After all, you can't know how to compose them all.

Five Steps to Writing a Winning Essay

You have a blinking text cursor on a blank page yet to be filled. What next? We identified the main elements, the five pillars on which essay writing rests.

Step 1: Select a topic

The first step is picking a topic. Sometimes, you are given one by whoever has assigned the essay, but more often, it is left to your discretion. The theme depends on the nature of your task. When you're writing a paper for one of your classes, choose something relevant to the subject and the subject matter you're studying at the moment. Make it original and don't write about things that are too common and boring. You want to make an impression and show them that you are creative.

Step 2: Conduct the research

As smart as you are, it's impossible to write a good essay without researching first.

  • Dig through the books, sites, or articles related to your topic.
  • Note the statements from experts in the area and talk to some of them if you can.
  • Never leave your arguments unsupported.
  • Research as much as you can within the time you have.

Step 3: Build a plan

Even the most talented writers who can create an essay blindfolded need an outline. Making a blueprint helps you frame your thoughts. Write all the main points you want to cover, all the arguments and citations you want to mention, and how you want to start and finish. Outline the general mood you want your essay to convey. Look up metaphors and right quotes to use. Think everything through in advance!

Step 4: Choose vocabulary

Some people don't understand how to write a correct essay because they are not native English speakers, and their vocabulary lacks proper words, phrases, and expressions. They can visualize what they want to write about but find it hard to put it on paper. When writing an essay without an extensive vocabulary, you should search for tools on the Internet. Those usually have synonyms and antonyms options and different word pools sorted by type and complexity. There, you will be able to find many useful set phrases and expressions common for the language you study.

Step 5: Write the first draft

Keep to the basic structure of a five-paragraph essay. That's the first format they usually give to students. It goes like this:

  1. Paragraph 1: Introduction
    • End it by developing a thesis statement, the main idea of your essay.
  2. Paragraphs 2-4: Body
    • Start each with a topic sentence (one main point).
    • Provide solid evidence to support the idea within each paragraph.
    • Use transitional phrases and sentences at the end.
  3. Paragraph 5: Conclusion
    • Start writing by rephrasing your thesis statement from the beginning.
    • Link to every central idea you used in the body.
    • Don't use the phrase they usually use in speeches ("To sum up," "In conclusion," etc.).

Sometimes, the writer feels such a wave of inspiration that they manage to produce a thousand words in one sitting. After that, they blissfully save the document and go to bed. Next morning, they realize that half of what they've written doesn't make much sense. That's why it is so important never to submit the first version of your essay, even if the deadline is around the corner. It's better to send your paper one minute until the due time and make it perfect than to submit everything a few hours earlier without even revising. Always proofread and recheck several times. Give the essay to your friend to make sure the finished essay is flawless!

Those are tips on how to write an effective essay of a general type. There are a lot of little aspects that can make your text great. We've provided you with primary anchors to prevent your writing from coming adrift. It is possible to develop writing skills, and all you need to do is practice and strive for perfection. If it gets too much, we can always offer you our professional writing help. Good luck!

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