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ESSAY WRITING

1. Your Essay Is Just A Short Story

It may seem a serious task as it's part of a course leading to a qualification but an essay is a way to express your ideas and opinions in a field. Have fun with it and be original!

2. Ask Yourself, "How can I have the most fun writing this?"

Essays bring a lot of stress so always try to find an angle that you enjoy. Asking yourself how you can have fun with the subject is a lot more manageable than writing on a topic that you find boring.

3. Ask Yourself, "What surprises me about the subject?"

Don't just write what your teacher or examiner may want to read - write what is interesting to you and brings a different perspective to your subject.

4. Just write 5 original sentences if overwhelmed

These will then be the subjects to your main paragraphs. You can then build supporting sentences around them with evidence.

5. Be Source Heavy

Tell the readers what other people say about the subject. You can show off how widely read you are by quoting other people's opinions and original sources. These sources show that you have considered all arguments before presenting your own demonstrating good critical reasoning skills.

 

6. Write the Body first, Intro second and Conclusion last

Your mind might be full of ideas but you're stuck trying to organise them into an introduction. Write the body of the essay first and go back! You never know your argument may change throughout.

7. Good essays answer "Why?", Best essays answer "How?"

It's a good way to refocus your arguments and set your essay apart from the rest. It'll be a memorable read!

8. Jumping Around Is Ok

Give yourself the freedom to get whatever is on your head down on the page. You can then go back later to refine it - just getting it down in the first place takes away a lot of the pressure!

9. Forget the Cliches

You'll sound rushed and unoriginal. Avoid expression such as "firstly, secondly, lastly, in conclusion"...

10. Wikipedia is only ok if...

You can use Wikipedia if you're looking for other original sources and for doing background research. Don't attribute it! 

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