Top 6 Tips For Writing College Essays

Top 6 Tips For Writing College Essays

How do you ensure that your essays meet your teachers’ expectations? Well, for starters, you should express your ideas clearly, coherently, and concisely. The main goal is to defend an argument, support a thesis, and lead the reader to the inevitable conclusion that the facts presented lead to. However, the essay requires real skills, skills that you will be able to hone with the tips below. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn more about the subject at hand.

1. Present your thesis clearly and concisely

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Your thesis statement should present your topic and position in one sentence. After doing all your research, you may feel like you could never write a statement that short. To help you out, think about how you would briefly present it to someone outside of your professional field. For example, imagine a family member asking you questions at dinner. Your thesis statement should clearly express your opinion and summarize your argument. You will add nuance later in the rest of your essay.

2. Support your thesis statement

For your argument to be valid, you must support it with strong secondary sources. While Wikipedia allows you to find many secondary sources, it is not strictly speaking a credible source. Depending on your topic, look for studies or research articles. Articles from industry journals such as The Journal of Hotel and Business Management are particularly useful. Also, these articles include many references to the original studies and analysis.

3. Create an outline

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A good essay follows a logical sequence. It is possible to digress without realizing it. It is much easier to do this by creating an outline that you can build on. By referring to your plan, you can determine at what point you need to pick up the thread to get back on track.

4. How to define the subject of the essay?

In history-geography, it is important to define the temporal and spatial limits of the subject and to respect these limits rigorously. Sometimes these limits are explicitly indicated in the subject. Sometimes they are implicitly stated, and it is up to you to define them.

For example, if your topic is “The Near and Middle East, a hotbed of conflict since the end of the First World War”, you must explain what the Near and the Middle East means (and why not analyze their names, noting that the names of the Near and the Middle East are defined in relation to Europe) by specifying the countries that are located there (you don’t have to list them, you can name those that are on the “border” of the Near and Middle East).

Specify what you consider to be the end of the First World War: it seems obvious to mention the armistice of November 11, 1918, but you can also talk about the Sykes-Picot agreement (1916), which provides for the division of the Middle East at the end of the war and which is at the origin of many of the conflicts taking place in this region today.

In English or Philosophy, the aim is to define the terms of the subject very precisely, as explained in detail in the previous section.

5. Write the first draft

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The first draft should never be the last. Allow plenty of time to get a draft down on paper and work on it later. As you write, it is difficult to spot errors, inconsistencies, and even spelling mistakes. If you go back to your text the next day or a few days later, you can improve it more easily.

6. Write the introduction last

The first paragraph of a college essay is often the most difficult to write. By tackling it last, once you have laid out your arguments and evidence, your entire essay will seem more coherent. You may also decide to rewrite your introduction after the essay is finished completely.

The hardest part is finally getting started. Sometimes you have to let the ideas come to you and start writing. You can always come back to your text later to change or delete parts of it. The important thing is to get started.

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