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Essay Writing Tips

 Writing an essay is one of the most complex tasks you might face during your college years. In essays, you need to present your personal opinion and thoughts on a particular matter, but it doesn't stop there. At the same time, the paper must have a scientific tone too. It means that students have to find a balance between the literary and scientific style of presentation.
According to Exclusive Papers, there are three main steps to writing a successful essay:
  • Pick a topic. If you have not been assigned a topic, you have a little more work to do. However, this opportunity also gives you the advantage to choose a subject that is interesting or relevant to you. First, define your purpose. Is your essay to inform or persuade?
  • Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas. If you prefer to create an outline, write your topic at the top of the page. From there, begin to list your main ideas, leaving space under each one. In this space, make sure to list other smaller ideas that relate to each main idea.
  • Write your thesis statement. Now that you have chosen a topic and sorted your ideas into relevant categories, you must create a thesis statement. Your thesis statement tells the reader the point of your essay. Look at your outline or diagram. What are the main ideas?
Things to Avoid 

Good preparation and time management can help you avoid these negative experiences. Some things to keep in mind as you write your essay include the following:
  • Avoid excuses. Don't write at the end that you ran out of time, or did not have time to study because you were sick. Make an appointment with your TA to discuss these things after the exam.
  • Don't "pad" your answer. Instructors are usually quite adept at detecting student bluffing. They give no credit for elaboration of the obvious. If you are stuck, you can elaborate on what you do know, as long as it relates to the question.
  • Avoid the "kitchen sink" approach. Many students simply write down everything they know about a particular topic, without relating the information to the question. Everything you include in your answer should help to answer the question and support your thesis. You need to show how/why the information is relevant -- don't leave it up to your instructor to figure this out!
  We hope you’ve found these tips and techniques useful and that they help you take your essay-writing to new heights. 

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