Mastering your essay writing skills
Stick to your own niche—regardless of the topic
Your writing will always be better if it contains enjoyable content about something you like. No matter how boring you may find a topic, there’s always an angle you can take to make it more interesting FOR YOURSELF. If it’s interesting to you, it’ll be interesting to your reader too.
Say goodbye to your phone
Distractions must be terminated at all costs. Switch off your phone and hide it away; disconnect the internet so that your social media accounts don’t woo you; Close your door and LOCK IT. If needs be, tell everyone in your house that you are not to be disturbed for at least an hour—then use that hour in a disciplined way by chaining yourself to your desk and working.
Know the difference
between planning and dreaming
Don’t fool yourself by thinking that sitting around thinking about writing your essay is the same as planning. Planning involves putting pen to paper and outlining your work, or researching your topic and making notes. If your “planning” doesn’t involve having a pen and paper in your hand, IT’S CALLED DREAMING.
Read at least one other essay before you start
Set the tone for your own writing by analyzing someone else’s essay. Preferably, this essay should be within the same general subject field as your own. Get some ideas of how to proceed and note small details that can win you extra points. Do this before writing EVERY ESSAY, and you’ll get your mind in the zone for constructing a winning essay.
Five keys for one door
Write down the following subheadings for your essay:
- (Paragraph 1)
- (Paragraph 2)
- (Paragraph 3)
Under each one of these, write down five key words which represent ideas you wish to convey. Later on when you start writing your content, you’ll be unlikely to run out of ideas.
Put a little bit of yourself into your essay. Be transparent in your explanations and honest when you don’t know something. Implement this feature AT LEAST ONCE in every essay you write. You’ll soon see a good response from your readers.
A good example of this: “Upon researching this area of the topic, I came up empty. What I did learn, however, is that...”
Write a terrible essay. No really...
Have some fun with your homework: Sit down at your desk and write an absolutely horrible paper. All 500 words should be badly thought out and you should aim to forget everything your English teachers ever taught you. When you’re done, take your essay in hand and fix it. Don’t change it; just FIX IT. Consider this your first draft and write your final paper from there.