Okay so reading about essays may not be on your ‘top fun things to do’ list, as I’m sure actually writing the essays isn’t either for many of you. But, there are some things that can make the upcoming weeks to essay deadlines a little easier. I will admit now, when I first had to write essays, I did not have a clue where to start, but now after A LOT of practice I feel like I have picked up some valuable knowledge along the way. I’m not promising to make those essays enjoyable, or to prevent you making any mistakes (I have probably not followed each of the points that I’m about to make at least once), but I’m hoping to take a little bit of that stress away and to help you feel a bit more prepared.
1. Think Ahead
Don’t wait until the week before your deadline to actually look at the questions, only then to realise you haven’t actually done the preparatory reading or you have absolutely no knowledge on the specified topics. Be smart, think about how much time you realistically need to be prepared for when those essays do come around.
2. Research, Research, Research
I can not emphasise enough how important this part of the essay writing process is. You need to get your facts right, and you need to know what has already been written about regarding your topic. You need to ensure that you are not just recycling other essays already out there, but at the same time, you may find some very helpful ideas and/or quotes to help you outline the key points that you want to make in your work.
3. Make a Detailed Plan
What are the key points you want to make and how many words do you want this part of the essay to contribute of? Think about what a logical order is for these points to go in, and make sure you leave enough space for an introduction and conclusion. This is also one of the most important parts of essay writing, as after having your key points outlined, you are less likely to ramble off topic and will end up including the points that are actually important.
4. Get Writing
Time to get writing. By now you should have a good idea of what you are writing about, how these ideas are broken up in the essay and what key points you want to highlight. So this really should be the easiest part by now.
5. Proof read, or get somebody else to read over it for you
So you have the essay written, but it can always be improved! Read over it a few times to spot those silly mistakes. Be careful to check for correct grammar and edit any ideas accordingly, whether you need to expand or cut down any points, proof reading will help get that essay to perfection.
Good luck and happy essay writing.
And be sure to let me know of any other essay writing tips…
Paris Love x