How to write an essay.

June 26, 2014 11 10671


WWriting essays can be difficult. It is hard to figure out how you can fill up an entire page without repeating yourself or creating awkward sentences. Academic Composition has authored well over 1,000 different essays. These have covered everything from ancient history to modern medicine. After penning this many essays Academic Composition has a few quick tips to help you produce great material that earns high grades. Feel free to read along and use the advice that appeals to you.

Write in third person.  When writing an essay try to avoid using first or second person expressions unless the directions state that you can. Using pronouns like “I” and “You” sound unprofessional. Additionally, try to avoid using gender pronouns when they aren’t needed. If you are writing about a broad group of people try to avoid using words like “He” or “She.” Professors tend to dislike this.

Cite every claim that you make.  If you are going to make a claim, especially if it is a controversial or obscure one, be sure to cite your work. Basic information, like writing that “George Washington was the first president,” doesn’t need to be cited. However, more in-depth material that some people might not know about, like the fact that George Washington only had one tooth when he became president, should be cited so that people can fact check.

Avoid contractions.  Don’t write words like “Don’t” in your paper. Words like “Isn’t,” Don’t,” “Can’t,” and “Wouldn’t” are fine to use in daily speech but generally not okay for academic writing. “He could not prove his theory” sounds a lot better than “He couldn’t prove his theory.” This isn’t always a big deal but it is something that a lot of picky professors will dock points for.

Get to know your professor.  The easiest way to get a good grade on your schoolwork is by learning what your professor does and does not like. This might sound silly but it is a trick that has helped millions of students to get good grades. Most professors are actually decent people. Even if they are difficult to deal with they are usually pretty fair. If you need help or have questions a lot of them are willing to assist. While you shouldn’t waste their time there generally isn’t anything wrong with asking them a few basic questions. Doing this can help you to figure out exactly what your teachers are looking for and will allow you to meet their criteria.

Academic writing is a little bit different than what you might be used to. It’s slightly less interesting, this article was written in an informal style rather than an academic one so that you could read it better, and significantly more technical. Additionally, teachers all have their own preferences and nitpicks that you will have to learn about. However, by taking the advice listed above you can improve your essays immensely and with very little effort. These simple tricks will net you high grades in no time at all.


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