There comes a point, or rather many points, in every student’s life, when he/she has to pen down an essay spanning a specified page / word count. But let’s be honest, there are a few things more intimidating than a blank page and an approaching deadline.
But worry not! We have ways and means to help you bridge the gap between ideas and words, and spin out that winning essay. Chegg tells you how.
- Understand the question
Make sure you know exactly what the question is asking for. Understand the premises, and build your arguments accordingly. A minor misreading or misunderstanding at the first stage can easily skew the thought-process, thus, robbing you of precious time spent later in correcting the error.
- Make a list of all the main ideas
Lists are the ultimate organizational hacks. Not only are they very easy to browse and edit, well-made lists can also halve your burden of thinking while writing the essay, giving you room to focus on things like language and formatting.
- Give a summarized introduction
A good introduction does what its name suggests – it introduces the concept. The opening paragraph should give a summarized view of the ideas without giving away too many details. It is better to use shorter and simpler sentences in introduction, and gradually build the reader’s tempo.
- Write compelling text
What makes an essay long, drab, and boring, is not the concept, but the presentation. Essays that read well, also score well. Try varying the sentence structure at times, and use longer sentences together with shorter ones. Like this. Play around with the order of words and convey emphasis where needed. Be friends with the Thesaurus, discover new synonyms for overly used words adding that extra zing to your language.
- Follow 3-step argument development
The first step is where you put forth your basic argument and provide relevant information to build up a premise. The second step involves a detailed explanation of your premise. Here, you fill in the extra details and build up the argument in direct relation to the question, no matter how obvious the relation might seem otherwise. The third step is your mental playground where you can allow skepticism a free run as you critically analyze the argument from multiple angles. Make good use of this tiny window of opportunity to showcase your independent thinking skills.
- Conclusion matters
Always provide a conclusion to your essay. But don’t let your conclusion be a mere afterthought. Reinforce your argument and clarify your stand, but avoid copying those lines from your Introduction. You can also use this space to weigh different arguments and justify why you find one stronger and more compelling than the others.
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