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General Writing Suggestions For Students Dealing With An Academic Essay

An academic essay is a common assignment required of most college and university students. You have an opportunity to show your writing skills, while providing detailed insight about your main idea. Essay writing of this nature will have higher expectations. This means you need to determine actions you should be doing to ensure your essay writing efforts will be successful. Here are some suggestions students can consider when writing an academic essay.

  • Don’t panic about the assignment. Few students panic because they hate essay writing. They may not have good writing skills or they just don’t want to be bothered with it. Take a few deep breathes and concentrate on your next move. The sooner you make a move the sooner you can get it done and out of the way.
  • Make it easy on yourself and choose a topic you like. There are hundreds of thousands of topics to choose from. Brainstorm for something new or different. You can challenge yourself and choose a topic outside of your comfort zone, but keep in mind it could create more work in defining evidence and other related information for your topic.
  • Try to make the writing process fun and interesting. Most students see essay writing as a boring task. There should be some way you can make things not so boring. You can change up sources used for research. Discuss ideas with someone you know or find ways to make your evidence look more appealing to readers. For others, it may be more helpful to complete their assignment somewhere different or use a homework help site for additional ideas.
  • Rewrite your work for better organization and structure. When you rewrite your work you don’t have to do it all at one time. You can write your rough draft and let it sit for a while. Then come back to it later and read it over. It is a good idea to rewrite and revise since you have more clarity on where details should appear and overall presentation.
  • Review each part of the essay to help you write it. Once you know what parts make up an essay, you have a good idea of what information to include and where to get it from. Your essay should provide proof of a claim you made (main idea).

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