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5 TIPS ON WRITING A GOOD ESSAY
Be Original: Even seemingly boring essay topics can sound interesting if creatively approached. If writing about a gymnastics competition you trained for, do not start your essay: "I worked long hours for many weeks to train for XXX competition." Consider an opening like, "Every morning I awoke at 5:00 to sweat, tears, and blood as I trained on the uneven bars hoping to bring the state gymnastics trophy to my hometown." Stay well organized and coherent: The title and first paragraph are probably the most important elements in your essay. In the first paragraph you either hook the reader's interest or lose it. They make up their minds about whether or not to read your essay by glancing at the title alone. Be concise: Writing concisely and clearly forces you to think more clearly. Since language is a tool to express thought, sloppy use of language may imply sloppy thinking. Don't "Thesaurize" your Composition: For some reason, students continue to think big words make good essays. Big words are fine, but only if they are used in the appropriate contexts with complex styles. Use gender-neutral language: Don't use the male pronoun when it's not appropriate. For example, you can't say "I don't know who my doctor will be, but I hope he's good." You also can't replace "he" with "they," because "they" is plural and you're talking here about one doctor. For this sentence, you'd want to say "...I hope he or she is good."
you will not be given any credit for your efforts unless it pertains to the topic mentioned. Your answer should demonstrate that you have understood what the question is asking for. It must deal with the subject or the topic(s) posed in the question. Your argument and evidence must be relevant to the topic. perhaps a quotation. Clear structure: An essay should be like a good piece of architecture . . and that you have followed all its instructions.either in the form of factual details. and expound your ideas in the clearest. try talking the essay. or an interesting twist of logic. You need to provide some evidence to support them . Is there something you want the reader to walk away and do? Let him or her know exactly what. the relation between them should be clearly explained. support assertions with evidence. or some call to action. If you are dealing with a number of issues. The connections between each stage of your argument and the original question should be evident throughout the essay. your own reasoning. that you have grasped its key terms. This is the most important feature of what makes a good essay. most sensible way you can. or the arguments of others. Arguments supported by evidence: Essays should not be just a series of unsupported assertions. Begin paragraphs with topic sentences. instead of writing the essay. The points of your argument should be arranged in some structure which is logical and persuasive. Speak to your reader as if he or she were sitting in front of you. and then end on some memorable thought. Paragraphs: Each individual paragraph should be focused on a single idea that supports your thesis. In other words.5 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GOOD ESSAY Stick to the topic: No matter how interesting or well-written an essay.built on firm foundations to carefully made plans. Conclusion: Gracefully exit your essay by making a quick wrap-up sentence.
Often students write fragmented sentences (a sentence fragment is a sentence that is incomplete). it borders on boredom and repetition. Comma splices are often found in essays. Good writing comes from the heart and the reader will recognize if a person is writing what a person is interested in knowing. A comma splice occurs when a comma separates two complete sentences. Every sentence needs a subject and verb. Knowing the common mistakes and the not-so-common mistakes in essay writing is important to a student who wants to please the instructor and to make good grades. Faulty vocabulary: Typing errors or misspelled words often annoy the instructor. While many essays look similar often they have different directions and ask for different information from others. before moving on. Sometimes adding a conjunction is a great way of fixing these types of errors.5 COMMON ERORS IN CUSTOM ESSAY WRITING Poor essays are often turned in without anyone reading the essay before the examiner. The best ways to correct these comma splices are to make it into two complete sentences using a period or to use a semicolon instead of the comma. Repetition: When an essay discusses the same idea in every single paragraph. This often leads to poor essays and poor grades. Reading the prompt for the essay carefully before writing it is important. Irrelevance: One of the common mistakes in writing essays is not following the directions. Every essay should be read at least once. Grammatical errors: Another basic common error to consider is faulty use of grammar and punctuation. The writer obviously has little to say. . Students bored with a topic or uninformed about a topic will usually have poor essays. Lack of information: Another not-so-uncommon error of essay writers is choosing a topic that they do not know well or choosing a topic they simply are not interested in doing.
But sooner or later the man. no matter how bad it is.(Gale Sayers) “Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. Some interesting quotes: “I learned that if you want to make it bad enough. you can draw on the potential of quotations.) . is the man who thinks he can.” – (Vince Lombardi) “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity.(Denis Waitley) “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.” .” – (Zig Ziglar) “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience. then it is of little value. If the quotation does not meet a few of these objectives. Merely stuffing a quotation into your essay can do more harm than good. you can make it.”.” – (Martin Luther King Jr.QUOTATIONS YOU COULD USE If you want to make an impact on your reader. who wins. an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”. you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal. but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – (Winston Churchill) “If you want to reach a goal. The effective use of quotations augments the power of your arguments and makes your essays more interesting A good quotation should do one or more of the following: make an opening impact on the reader build credibility for your essay add humor make the essay more interesting close the essay with a point to ponder upon.(Tommy Lasorda) “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man.
further observation shows subordinate an idea: although it may appear that. when viewed from another perspective. facilitates. when viewed more closely. problematic scenario To argue that the merits of one position outweighs that of another: All things considered. serves to. On balance . demonstrates point out problems with a theory. on closer inspection / examination. position or viewpoint: serious drawbacks. provides a strong impetus. rebut or counter a position. admittedly argue for a position. at first glance it may seem / appear that. where you are trying to argue for one viewpoint over another or otherwise persuade the reader. accomplishes. thesis or viewpoint: promotes. Use words or phrases such as these to refute. categorized by function. theory or viewpoint: a more thorough analysis. countervailing factors. Here’s a reference list of useful words or phrases.SOME CATCH WORDS AND PHRASES YOU GOULD USE Certain kinds if words or phrases can be especially useful in rhetorical writing. In the final analysis.
it would be quite impossible for India to have achieved what success it has attained thus far. The Indian people live in a very different type of society when compared to the other democratic nations of the world. which is significantly more than that of the United States. this allows the rich-poor gap continue to grow. This means that democracy will still have a good chance for survival even with the widening rich-poor gap. Under India's current conditions. The caste system of India holds the Indian people back from making a revolt against the government. It is unlikely for the poor to rise up in revolt simply because it is not likely that the barrier between castes will ever be broken. and in the rural areas. there would surely be disruption to the Indian political process. This is surprisingly an asset for the Indian government. because there are over 4. If these conditions were not present. . About 63% of Indians believe that their vote counts.SAMPLE ESSAYS SAMPLE ESSAY – 1 How could a country with such poverty as India be a democracy? People of India have extreme faith in their government.000 castes in India. the vast numbers of poor people remaining uneducated and deprived are unable to advance in their socioeconomic status. Also. As it is now. The main source of income in India is still crops. it is virtually unthinkable that a democracy would ever prosper. It seems to have progressed to date amazingly enough due to the caste system and due to the fact that the people have faith in their government and voting systems. It has taken a lot of time for the idea of industry to catch on. The Indians are a very agricultural people and not very industrialized. if technology and industry were to thrive in India as they do in other democratic nations. the poverty stricken people of India have a three percent higher voting percentile than those of upper classes. few people talk to others outside of their castes. The poor people of India are increasingly dedicated to their voting process. With this in mind. Consequently. It has only been recently that the Indians have become a part of the computer software industry.
recycling programs. For example. The single individual cannot be blamed for the world pollution. Every single person should take care of environment and moreover we have to bring up our children to be conscious citizens of a clean and preserved planet. We have to contribute every day to the preservation of nature and environment. the influence of individuals over environment should not be ignored. involved in manufacturing.SAMPLE ESSAY – 2: Nowadays environmental problems are too big to be managed by individual persons or individual countries. In other words. which is going on. For example. To sum up. computers and everything that we do not use. helping courses in order to implement ISO certificates and many more. Our next obligation is to separate waste and throw bulk only in the designated areas. however every person should take care of his or her habitat. Driving vehicles can also be environment friendly. it is vital that environmental issues should be treated internationally. governments should offer support to companies and organizations. soil and water contamination. industry or agriculture in order to find environment friendly approaches. environmental problems should be handled by local and international authorities also. we have to avoid accelerating the engines too rapidly or using the air condition in the country. For sure joint efforts and consolidation can only help in the mutual war towards the environmental disaster. recycling. . These could be special law regulations. If we do not confess that our planet is our home. where it will be better to save energy and simply open the windows. However. always remember to save energy by switching off lamps. Currently the environment is so much contaminated that urgent measures should be taken. we will never be able to take adequately care of it. For instance. In addition. it is an international problem. Lately. conferences and international summits are held regarding waste treatment. To what extent do you agree or disagree? An essential problem of the 21st century is world pollution. many presentations.
South and North Korea have football games regularly which give two nations a chance to understand each other deeply. In this essay. For example. two divided nations could reduce their political and ideological tensions and could feel the patriotic unity.SAMPLE ESSAY – 3 Popular events like the football world cup and other international sporting occasions are essential in easing international tensions and releasing patriotic emotions in a safe way. I believe that games can not be the fundamental ways for the sound patriotism or peaceful international relations. Sometimes. . some sports matches can make international relations worse. after the matches. I agree with the idea that sporting events can be necessary for international relations and national unity. In conclusion. In the mid 1990s. I think that international sporting occasions can be one of the good ways to ease tensions or to release patriotism safely. a couple of Korean players in Japan suffered from invisible discrimination after the match between two countries. football or baseball games between Korea and Japan are always big matches in two countries where tensions overflow. First of all. Through the sports. A much worse scenario is that the troubles caused by losing games affect the players directly. Olympics and other international games work for easing tensions among different nations. For instance. As far as I know. the World Cup. However. I will think about the effects of these popular sporting events. the two rivals blame each other and their patriotic emotions explode in an aggressive way. As a fan of those competitions. hundreds of North Korean supporters came to South Korea with the footballers and they were very excited during the sporting events. On the other hand. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion? The World Cup football match and the Olympics are held worldwide with great national support and expectations.
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