If you want to write great essays and research papers, here are some tips and ideas that will make your essays amazing. If you want tips on building the format or outline of an essay, writing a thesis, making a paper longer or shorter and more, this is the right place. Here are some top tips that can help you write a successful essay that will get you top grades, whether its for college, high school, middle school or any level of education.
1. Choose a topic you're interested in (if at all possible). If you find your topic boring, your essay will be boring. If you're excited, that excitement will come through in your writing and it will be fun to write.
2. Don't choose a topic that is too big. For instance, don't try to write an essay about American history. The topic is too big to cover in a whole book, let alone one paper. Write an essay about one event, something about an important person or a specific time period in American history, such as the leadership styles during the Battle of Little Round Top, Abraham Lincoln's early professional life or the Women's suffrage movement in the 1800s.
3. If you don't know wear to start, just start writing. Even if you don't know everything you'll write about, write what you know and your brain will start giving you hints on what else to say.
4. Write the essay in manageable sections. Take one on section of the body at a time and take a break when you need one.
5. Write your introduction and conclusion last when you already know what you've said in your essay. that ways you already know what you talked about in the body of the paper and its easy to summarize your points and make sure your thesis is strong.
6. If your essay isn't long enough and you need to fill space, try these ideas. Use lots of quotes or try an anecdote or story. If all else fails, play with the margins and spacing between the lines (but be careful with that - a saavy teacher will penalize you for abusing it). Also get wordy. See How long should an essay be for more.
7. If your essay is too long, use the reverse technique. Re-read the paper and remove repetition. Remove a few quotes or examples that are not adding much to the essay. Use word contractions and delete some adjectives. As a last resort, play with the paper margins or font sizes.
8. Don't procrastinate! Write the essay early so you can go back the next day and re-read it.
9. Spell check, grammer check and read for tone
10. Ask someone else to read it. Pick a good writer or someone who reads a lot to check the essay for you and give them a pen to make corrections.
11. Start your introduction with something that gets the reader interested. Try a quote, an anecdote an amazing or shocking statistic or something similar.
12. In the conclusion , put a little 'food for thought' so the reader thinks about how the essay applies to life. You could ask a thought-provoking question, use a quote, share an intersting idea or statistic or more.
13. Write a clear, strong thesis statement and keep going back to make sure you're writing to meet it. If your topic changes as you write, re-write your thesis statement to meet the new topic.
14. In each paragraph, there should be one sentence that provides the backbone of that paragraph by explaining what that paragraph is about.
15. Separate different ideas into separate paragraphs, and/or sections.
16. When you are done, read your essay as though you've never read it before. Does it make sense? Do you understand what you are talking about? Does it flow?
17. Before you start writing, nail down exactly what the assignment is and arrange your topic to meet the goal.
18. Don't write an essay about a topic that the professor or teacher knows too much about, if you can help it. If you are in a world politics class and the professor is an expert on Cuba, write about Cambodia! They will be more interested in reading something new and they won't know as much if you make a mistake or miss important info.
19. Drive the essay where you want to go - don't let it drive you. Figure out what you want to say and then find a quote or a tid-bit from your source material to prove it. Lets say you want to prove that dogs are good for you. Type "studies about benefits for dog owners" into google and find the study that proves it. Or if you need a quote from a book, flip through the book until you find the right one and then find a way to fit it in by using good transtions. You can skim any text for key words that fit into your thesis.
20. Use sources that are dependable, with lots of books, scholarly articles and studies to support your ideas - don't use online sources unless they are a government web site (.gov) or a nationally-known foundation.
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