Writing essays are an unavoidable part of University life and, let’s face it, not all of us are great at writing them. Use of the proper tools and guidelines can help anyone write a great essay and learn important skills for their career at the same time.
How should I start planning to write a great essay?
The first thing you need to do to lay the groundwork for your essay is to thoroughly research the topic you will be writing about. Once you feel comfortable with your knowledge of the subject, decide what style of essay you’ll be writing and brainstorm to create a mind map containing your topic at the center and branching out into the various facets you’d like to explore. This will help with organization and ensure you don’t forget to include anything important.
Are there any tools that help in writing a great essay?
Now that the internet is always at our fingertips there are more tools available to help with writing essays than ever before. The once physical and cumbersome dictionary, thesaurus and even encyclopedia are now digital and much more efficient to use. They’re even available as apps on our smartphones, so there’s no excuse for not taking advantage of them.
What mistakes should I avoid?
The most important thing is to make sure you’re actually the one creating your essay. Copying down facts and statements verbatim might be easy and tempting, but the odds are you will get caught. Other than that, it’s important to know who your audience is and not to assume they know too much about the topic; write confidently and be sure of what you’re writing, so the reader is as well.
We aren’t all natural-born essay writers. A good plan and the right tools go a long way toward leveling the playing field for those of us who want to improve.