Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Some Suggestions for Writing Successful Essays
Note: It's getting close to exam time. Here are some hints I've shared with students for writing successful exam essays:
1. Carefully read and understand the essay topic before you begin.
2. Answer all parts of the question or essay topic.
3. Before the exam, take notes and make an outline to help you formulate and practice how you will write the essay.
4. Look at your lecture notes and the reading material to find specific and accurate information to use in your essay to support your argument.
5. Take a clear position and make a reasonable argument for it.
6. Use full paragraphs of 3-4 sentences in writing the essay.
7. Begin each part of the essay question with a new paragraph.
8. Write in complete, simple sentences.
9. Avoid compound and run-on sentences.
10. Use proper grammar.
11. In formal writing, avoid contractions (e. g., “It is…” rather than “It’s…”, etc.).
12. Try to use active rather than passive verbs (e. g., “Paul wrote Romans.” instead of, “Romans was written by Paul.”).
13. Spell important terms correctly.
14. Avoid vague, subjective, or general statements and claims that you have not proven or substantiated (e. g., “I really like Paul, because he is such an interesting writer.”).
15. After you finish writing the essay, read over it to check for content, grammar, and spelling.