College can be tough. You have a seemingly endless amount of assignments piling up and you don’t know how you’re going to complete the first essay, let alone the next 10.
Take it from someone who recently graduated, it doesn’t get easier. However, here are 3 writing tips to help you get through all those mind-numbing essays.
Plan and Schedule
As far back as I can remember, teachers would tell us to draw a mind-map before beginning the first draft of an essay. The easiest way to go about is tell yourself the whole story – see how your essay sounds. Does it make sense? Does your argument hold? Are you convinced by your own points?
It may seem like a silly thing now but having a plan of how you want your essay to come together is essential.
Draw up a timetable with set deadlines for each step in the process – from research to writing that first draft. Stick to your deadlines.
Procrastination is one of my weakest points when it comes to writing. Don’t be like me. Be realistic with your time management and don’t leave it for the last minute.
However, if you are incredibly short on time, you can always rely on a service like WriteMyEssayOnline.
Every essay has a set structure (rules) that needs to be followed:
You’ve written essays throughout your entire academic career; the structure should be the very least of your concerns.
However, there is more than one structure to consider. The information that you place in the Body of the essay should have its own structure as well.
This information needs to flow together seamlessly and without effort. Each part (paragraph) should relate to the next, and they should all have relevance to the essay topic. The worst thing you could do is put the information together in an incohesive format that will confuse the reader.
To write better, you need to make a habit of reading often and widely.
Writers don’t just write – they read. You may find that a writer who specializes in a specific discipline (genre) has knowledge in multiple other disciplines as well. Reading is a writer’s best resource.
Research and Note-taking
When it comes to writing for a specific topic, you will need to gather as much information on that topic as possible.
While I know how tedious research can be, but it is necessary.
Be sure to only take notes and not quote entire paragraphs. Your research is meant to be used as an aid, not a crutch.
Don’t be lazy; use multiple sources and credit them when quoted. This is very important. If you copy and paste text from a source, you will be committing plagiarism.
You’ve finished your first draft, and that’s wonderful. Now, check you work. And check it again. And a third time.
Yes, I’m serious; trust me on this. I’ve made the mistake of only reviewing my work once, and I ended up sending in work that had way too many errors.
When proofreading your work, you need to be critical in your editing. You need to be able to delete unnecessary words or sentences and change the wording where necessary. I know how difficult it is to be objective to your own work, but you need to try.
Now, review it again.
Don’t be afraid to share your opinion; it’s your argument after all. Your professors wants to know what you think.
To be more confident in your own knowledge and convictions, check out a few more tips on re-educating yourself!
Kayla studied Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Management Marketing at Boston Business College in Cape Town. She is currently on a very exciting journey of becoming a travel writer through enhancing her skills by writing about safaris, adventure and travel tips.