Tips for writing better essays
Here are my personal suggestions for writing solid essays. Although this tips are for IELTS essay, these are general advice and you can successfully apply them to any kind of essay.
1. Know the purpose and requirement
Before starting with your essay, you need to understand what is the purpose of your writing. For IELTS, of course, it is to impress the examiner. You need to create a good impression in the minds of the examiner. You also need to know how to impress the examiner. You have your band score descriptors that help you understand what’s required in your essay to achieve band 7.0 or more. So, first of all understand what’s expected from you according to your band requirements.
2. Brainstorm the topic
This is really crucial because without thinking enough on a topic, you can never generate good solid ideas to support your arguments. You need to think your topic from different points of view. You can’t simply put down your ideas without thinking deeply on it. Another reason to brainstorm is that it gives you useful examples. You can use different techniques to brainstorm. It’s up to you which method you choose. You can simply jot down whatever comes to your mind about a given topic.
It depends on you which method you choose. Some people use mind maps to help them think different ideas and some people simply make a list of ideas.
3. Decide your thesis
Thesis is the claim or argument you’re going to put forward. This simply means take a stand and write on it. Develop strong sentences to support your ideas. Go through your brainstormed ideas and notes. Think of examples and reasons to support your opinions.
4. Develop an essay structure
Think of how you’re going to present your ideas and points. You can go chronologically or from less important ideas to a stronger ideas. You can go any other way. For cause-effect kind of essays, you can write causes first and then give their effects. For, argumentative essays, you can write a particular idea and support it with reasons or brainstormed ideas.
5. Build your essay
After thinking on your opinion or thesis. You can start building your essay with introduction. Now that you have decided your opinion, you can think of examples related to your ideas. Develop a sentence and support it with an example or a reason.
6. Connect your ideas
This is critical for any essay. If your essay is structured improperly, the reader will find it hard to understand it and your message is not conveyed properly. Apply transitive words to move from one idea to another. These words are often simple words such as ‘but’, ‘then’, ‘if’, ‘however’, ‘because’ or ‘therefore’.
7. Editing and Proofreading
After you’ve prepared your essay, carefully check it for spelling and grammar errors. Add punctuation marks wherever necessary. Read it loud and see whether it sounds find or not. If not revise it and make it simpler. Ask your friend to read it again. Ask for any mistakes or something that he or she finds awkward and correct/improve it.
So, these are the seven solid tips for better essay writing skill. You can apply these strategies from the bottom to the top. Start with an essay you’ve already written and check for corrections yourself. Then, ask your friend for some suggestions or feedback.
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