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How to Write Better Essays in College

Published Apr 7, 2021, 8:41 pm IST
Updated Apr 7, 2021, 8:41 pm IST
If you had been outsourcing your essay assignment, outsourcing your application letter may not be the best
 You'd never write an essay that would get the attention of anyone when you don't have a catch of the topic.
  You'd never write an essay that would get the attention of anyone when you don't have a catch of the topic.

Writing a great essay college doesn't seem like a big deal until you have to write an application to a chosen university. If you had been outsourcing your essay assignment, outsourcing your application letter may not be the best. At this stage, you have two alternatives - you can ask a professional essay writing service, like Custom Writings, for help, and you can read this article and learn how to write a strong paper on your own. How do you write an essay that earns you an ovation or even better admission to your dream university?

First, understand what you're writing about. You'd never write an essay that would get the attention of anyone when you don't have a catch of the topic. People who write the most commendable essays approach the topic from a remarkable perspective. Knowing and understanding your topic would enable you to have a grasp of what your teacher or university admissions officer wants. There's a stream of thought expected of a topic. You don't have to meet the standard, but don't go short of the standard. Introducing a new perspective or a criticism of the expected stream of thoughts is welcomed as long as it is not a topic too sensitive to engage, and you have been given liberty to air your opinion.


Second, know as much as you can about the essay. Understanding the topic is different from knowing as much. Sometimes while doing research you'd find out your understanding is shrewd or one-sided. After understanding the topic, process to gather as much information (statistics, data, and research papers) on the topic. The more information you have, the more you can strongly state your point. With extensive knowledge of the topic also comes more understanding and better approaches to the topic. As a matter of fact, you can creatively approach the topic when you have the wealth of information required.


Third, understand who you're writing to. Often, students mess up their essay by getting the target audience wrong. Writing for an application to a university is much different from writing to your teacher or a club you belong to. Having a grasp of whom you're writing to would help you filter the most important points, and focus on the necessary areas. For example, when writing to seek admissions to a university. You have to be more self-centered, they are trying to determine if you should be granted passage to their school. Any content that falls short of telling them you meet the stand, and surpass the standard wouldn't land you an admission. Of course, that's not all to writing an application to the admission's office, but that's a key part of it.


Fourth, understand what type of essays and the goal of the essay. Each essay is specific, you need to know what type of essays you're writing to write better. Would you have to tilt towards being narrative, descriptive, or keep it formal? If you don't know what type of essays you'd be writing, you'd mess the writing up. What's sad about essay writings is that your writing is to be judged. No one knows or sees you, your writing does the talking. For example, a narrative essay should tend towards storytelling while a descriptive essay doesn't need to employ lots of storytelling. If you want to kill a narrative essay, you'd need to improve on writing with style as a storyteller. If you're lost on what type of essays, you may as well focus on the goal of the essay. Looking at the topic, what does the essay aim to achieve? If you can answer this question, you have got your type of essay right. Also, some essay writing would be a blend of formal, informal, descriptive, or narrative write-up. Keep it simple, and blend in where necessary.


Fifth, Be you and be others. Quite a contradictory message we have here. Sometimes an essay would require you to be you, and at other times you're better off being others. Not necessarily others, but rather employing their skillful writing into your essay. Essays that require you to be yourself always seek to know your opinion or access your personality. Anything that falls short of focusing the lights on you, doesn't need you to be all about yourself and your writing style. I have heard people give cliché advice like write as you talk. That's just good advice for a piece that requires you to be yourself or somehow revolves around you. Try that with academic essays, and you'd be failing. The point is, know the difference, and choose when to write professionally or put your uniqueness into your writing. Well here are 10 amazing books that would improve your writing skills either by being you or others.


Sixth, no one likes a poorly written essay. Whether you choose to be you, or others you'd fail when your essay is poorly written. Poorly written essays have grammatical issues. The reader finds it hard to get what exactly you intend to communicate. It wouldn't hurt to always pass your work through grammar check tools. Never forget, that a grammar or punctuation error can change the whole emphasis of your writing. Now, imagine writing a motivational script for your younger ones, and you use your words this way;

I love you and how you do your things.


I love, you and how you do your things.

Wrong punctuation has messed up this writing

Don't handle your punctuation, and other parts of your grammar with levity, they not only encourage readability, but they help people imagine what you're trying to paint with words correctly.

Always start off by collating your thoughts before you write, this would reduce the incidence of weeks in your writing. Writing and thinking at the same time can make a phrase in your writing lose cohesion with the subsequent phrase. As a rule of thumb, always proofread your essays, never immediately you're done writing. Take a break, refresh and enjoy yourself, and come back to it after a long break when you're in a better frame of mind for proofreading. Proofreading is different from writing, you need to be calm and attentive. Sadly, this is not an energy level you can possess immediately, you're done writing. So take a break and resume!



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