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10 Essay Writing Tips

10 Essay Writing Tips

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Learn the important 10 Essay Writing Tips
Learn the important 10 Essay Writing Tips

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Published by: Syed Arif Ali on Feb 28, 2013
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10 Essay Writing Tips

Compliments of Vanier College’s Learning Centre

1. Start right away. Brainstorming on a piece of paper is a great way to get those academic juices flowing! Any idea that comes to mind should be recorded, so that later on you can develop it or throw it out completely. 2. Make sure you understand the topic assigned. There is no point struggling for days over an essay that is not even appropriate. If you are confused about your essay topic, go see you teacher. 3. Narrow down your topic. If your paper is about a specific topic, write about that topic only. You’ll have to re-read your essay question carefully. Under any other circumstance, your teacher would be interested in the story about your cousin Bob, but leave it out if it’s not relevant! 4. Write down your thesis statement. Your thesis should reflect what you are going to write about. Ask your teacher if you’re not sure how to write one or drop by The Learning Centre. 5. Make an outline and use it. This will help to organize your ideas and to see whether or not your points are coherent. Keep it beside you for reference as you write your essay. 6. Go over the material, making note of important points and quotations. Think of specific questions you have about the topic, and look for the answers as you research it. If you don’t agree with a writer’s answer, make note of that too. Remember that research should always be selective and critical. 7. Use secondary sources wisely. First, take notes on what other writers have to say about your topic. Then, put their books aside when you start writing so you don’t rely too heavily on them (a mistake otherwise known as plagiarism). 8. Avoid clichés and slang. Watch out for repetitious words and phrases. Use your dictionary and thesaurus! 9. Proof read. Find those spelling and grammar mistakes before your teacher does! Read your essay out loud – this will help you find any awkward sentences. 10. Have a friend check your work. This will make sure that you catch those mistakes that you could have missed. The Learning Centre is also available to help you with your essay. Drop by H-117 to see a Peer Tutor or go to the Writing Centre in the Library.

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