Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an essay writer? I’ve been writing essays for over 10 years now, and I have a lot of insight into what it takes to write one that will get high marks from your teacher, as well as tips on how to do it all on your own without paying someone else to do it for you. Here are my 10 tips for creating winning college essays, whether you’re doing it alone or outsourcing the job!
1) Always keep your audience in mind
It can be tempting to use your personal experiences as a way to connect with readers, but unless it has some connection to what you’re trying to convey, it may make your writing feel disconnected. Always remember who you’re trying to reach and how best to address them. Use active verbs: In most cases, using active verbs will make your writing stronger and easier for readers to follow.
2) Never write essays at the last minute
It is important to take your time when writing essays, as it allows you to focus on more than just getting it done. If you are given a week to write an essay, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time before that deadline. It is easier to write with less pressure and stress if you give yourself time.
3) Come up with three different thesis statements
Think of your three thesis statements as you would choose a dress or pair of pants. You’re going to have to get used to wearing it, so make sure it’s comfortable and pleasing! One may stand out more than others, but sometimes you just need different outfits for different occasions. Just like some essays require formal wear, others call for jeans and a t-shirt. There is no right or wrong outfit; think about what your professor is looking for and respond accordingly.
4) Come up with specific topics to support each thesis statement
When you’re in class, it’s easy to come up with a vague thesis statement. For example, if you’re writing about gun control and you think all guns should be banned, your thesis statement might read: Gun ownership should be restricted. That’s a solid thesis statement—but what exactly do you plan to say?
5) Outline your essay in three or four steps
When you write your essay, it’s best to take on your project one step at a time. If you can accomplish each piece of writing within a single sitting, then you have time to fix any typos and mistakes when they come up. And remember that practice makes perfect. No matter how long it takes to finish your essay, just work on it one bit at a time and you’ll always be able to make improvements until you get there.
6) Write the introduction last so you know what information will be included in each paragraph
Although many students think it is best to write the introduction first, I find that writing it last is better. This way, you know exactly what information will be included in each paragraph. You will also save time by not including irrelevant or unimportant details in your paragraphs.
7) Write several versions of your introduction before picking one that works best
I can’t tell you how many writers I’ve worked with who say they are having trouble getting started on their essays. Maybe they start their essays and then get stuck, or maybe it takes them forever to find a topic that works. The problem is that they’re working too hard.
8) Always stick to the word count limits if they’re given
The amount of words you can use in your essay will vary depending on your subject, institution and course. Read over your assignment thoroughly before you begin so that you know exactly how many words you need to write. If no limit is specified, don’t write a long-winded essay – it’s likely to lose marks because it’s too long. Stick to what has been requested or risk being marked down as uncooperative.
9) Proofread! And proofread again!
No matter how many times you’ve edited your paper, it never hurts to proofread it once more. A well-written paper is like a well-designed building—it’s worth taking a second look over before you start construction! This can help ensure that your essay has no grammatical errors or spelling mistakes, and will give you that peace of mind when handing in your hard work.
10) Put yourself in their shoes, no matter how tired you are after doing all the work.
Believe it or not, a tired brain is less capable of writing great essays than a well-rested one. If you’re pulling all-nighters, try to get some rest and make sure you don’t stay up just because your friends are. You need more sleep than they do! Take frequent breaks while writing an essay: Studies show that taking a break in between long stretches of studying or writing is crucial to staying focused and remembering what you just studied.