MORE ESSAY WRITING TIPS
4. Organise your Thoughts First and Then Your Research Materials
Not only should you read the essay material carefully but you should also organise the information in an easy to read manner. You can start by highlighting the main points and making notes, gathering your thoughts along the way. You should think about how you will string all of this information together so that it flows in a cohesive manner. Allow yourself the time to change or refine things as you amass materials along the way. Even if your essay does not require you to undertake research, you should still allow yourself time to gather your thoughts down on paper.
5. Don’t Plagiarise from Others
Make sure you keep track of any citations or quotes that you use in your essay. Do not copy other’s work without proper citation and recognition to that person for their original work.
You could be caught for cheating if you take someone’s work and change a few of the words around in it and submit it to your University, especially as Universities use state of the art software called Turnitin to detect this type of plagiarism.
UK Assignments has heard of many examples of where students have submitted work that is not their own, only to find that the lecturer has read the same work a few years earlier. If you are not sure that your work is totally original, we can check it for you, just submit your essay or dissertation to us by clicking this link and we will run a free plagiarism check for you.
6. Write a Quick Draft of your Essay
You shouldn’t worry too much about getting the Introduction or Conclusion down on paper at first. Just focus hard on getting your ideas down on paper initially. Write your essay in your ‘own voice’, like as if you were talking to a friend. Whilst writing, remember you can always review what has been written and rewrite it if you are not happy with the first draft.
7. Write Multiple Drafts if you have to
Think carefully about whether you will need to rearrange the essay structure as you go along. If you normally reorganise your work by cutting and pasting sentences, make sure that the merged sentences flow correctly. Then be critical of the overall look and feel of the essay paying special attention to the flow of words and ideas.
After you have an initial draft ready, revisit both the Introduction and Conclusion chapters of your essay. Does the Introduction that you have written set the scene for the content and the subject properly? Does the Conclusion summarise clearly what you are presenting? Does your essay convey all the points you wanted to make? Do the ideas flow properly? Just continue reading and rewriting your essay as much as you feel is right to achieve the objectives of the essay.
8. Thought Clarity
By writing your essay in a concise manner, it forces you to think clearer. Make every one of your words count by using active verbs and writing active sentences. It might help if you print out your work and cross out those words that are not required.
Overall be critical of your work and strive towards perfection through clear thinking and language.
9. Presentation and Format Count.
Poor spelling, improper grammar, margins in the wrong place and other styling problems will result in your essay being marked down. Be diligent and check for these mistakes as they will cost you vital marks after you have submitted your essay to your University lecturer.
10. Don’t Panic
If you have followed all the steps above, you are going to achieve high marks in your essay. Good luck from us!