Struggling to write an impressive essay?

Does it take you too much time to come up with a decent paper?

Is it hard for you as a non-native student to match locals in writing prowess?

This quick guide will take you through all the essentials of doing comprehensive essays fast and up to par. It’s not that difficult as it seems, and it’s definitely a thing you can do in an evening or two. All you need is to master basics, which are as follows.

Distinguish different essay types

In the UK, there’re 4 general types of essays: expository, persuasive, analytical, and argumentative. Although all of them are normally consisting of Introduction, Main Body and Conclusion, there’re peculiarities in every type you have to learn pretty well. Since the internet has plenty of information on the subject, you’ll be able to study essay type differences rather sharpish.

In the meantime, you have to always remember to learn essay instructions carefully. Pay attention to the following information given in the task:

  • Essay type
  • Topic
  • Specific instructions
  • Number of words
  • Deadline

Many students make a series of the following mistakes: they take on to develop a different topic rather than the one tasked, omit to follow given instructions, confuse an essay type, fail to fit into or live up to the word count, and finally miss the deadline. In school, a teacher might cut you some slack, but in college or university no one will. So please, do everything as it’s said in the task for your own good.

Standard five-paragraph essay as your starting point

This essay structure is considered the pivot point of your entire academic writing extravaganza. It consists of an opening paragraph – Introduction, which features an attention grabbing ‘hook’ (quote, joke, personal topic-relevant story, saying, etc.), thesis statement, and a quick preview of the three next body paragraphs. In their turn, each of the three body paragraphs consists of a topic sentence highlight your point of view regarding a topic under discussion, carefully selected quotes and other background materials to back your speculations up, and then a transition to the next body paragraph or Conclusion.

Finally, Conclusion contains rephrasing of your thesis, re-evaluation of body paragraphs, as well as lessons learned and personal discoveries made. Conclusion also winds up with either one final deal-breaking piece of evidence to persuade readers for sure, an interesting quote, a quiz maybe, or some food for thoughts in a form of a rhetorical question. You can also tell the second part of the personal story started in the Introduction, if such creativity is allowed within the framework of your assignment.

More of practical hints to keep in minds

  • Use transitions from one paragraph to another to let an essay flow smoothly
  • Think of a really catchy opening paragraph to ‘hook’ readers’ attention alright, try a couple of variants and then decide on which fits the best
  • Use active voice avoiding passive constructions where possible
  • Don’t use first person singular and respective pronouns, unless it’s a narrative you write
  • Give honest statistic data and proven reference sources, don’t bring up information taken from thin air
  • Plagiarism isn’t allowed, so write from scratch
  • You might download a free reference sample for inspiration, though
  • Using editor’s help is also recommended
  • Plan your essay in advance, draw up a simple outline to keep your ideas at one place
  • Use academic language, stylistic devices will do you lots of good if used to place
  • Aim for simple sentences which convey a complete message
  • Exercise consistent writing, less of brilliant content is better than tidal waves of milk-and-water
  • Proofread your draft as many times as needed until it stands flawless and pleases an ear
  • ‘Sleep in a paper’ – dedicated one evening to writing an essay, the other – to edit it

As for now, we’ve done with the general tips every student has to know. What you’ve just read about is the foundation of students turning in proper essays without busting sweat. Have anything to add or suggest adding to the article? Leave comments below and you’ll be heard!

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Submitted by Lewis Harrel