If you’re an incoming college student, chances are you’re already dreading all the essays you’re going to have to write over the next four years. Essay writing isn’t easy even for professional essay writers, and it’s one of the most dreaded parts of being in school. But here’s some good news: essay writing doesn’t have to be as hard as you might think! In fact, if you follow these seven steps, your essay writing will go from painful to perfect in no time!
Step 1) Read thoroughly
Read thoroughly- don’t skip any details or important parts of the essay prompt. What are you going to write about? If you’re not sure what to write about, then ask a question. Think about your opinion on the topic, but don’t be afraid to explore other viewpoints as well. How will you organize this essay? Will it be chronological, or will it follow some other order? Some people like to outline their thoughts first before starting, others just jump right in and start writing.
Step 2) Outline important points
Outline important points that will be addressed in your essay. Your outline should have a general summary of the points you want to address, but no specifics. After you have an idea of what you are going to write about, write it down on a separate sheet of paper. First make sure you understand what is being asked for in the prompt and then jot down any ideas or thoughts about how you would like to answer it.
Step 3) Write an introduction
Write an introduction. Your introduction should be short, 1-2 sentences in length. It should give the reader a general idea of what they are about to read. You can use some of the main points from your outline as a guide for your introduction, but be sure to include specific details that will help engage the reader (think hook). For example, you might introduce a paper on leadership by telling readers that there are certain skills every leader needs to possess.
Step 4) Write Body Paragraphs
Write the second body paragraph of the essay about a specific event. Again, do not forget to write an introduction that tells the reader what is coming up next. For example: I will now tell you about a time I felt especially happy. It was on my birthday. I woke up early in the morning to find all of my friends waiting for me downstairs with gifts and breakfast. We sang Happy Birthday together while we ate pancakes smothered in butter and maple syrup.
Step 5) Write Conclusion
Write conclusion , but don’t stop there. Many people only look at the first sentence of the conclusion to determine whether or not to read on. Make sure you leave them wanting more by adding some final thoughts or a short summary of what you’ve discussed in this essay. You can also end with an idea for future research in your topic area, or even a call-to-action. These are things that will make your reader want to read more about the subject.
Step 6) Proofread
Proofread your work for grammatical errors. Always go back to the paragraph where you left off. If you spot any mistakes, fix them as soon as possible. Don’t be embarrassed if you find a few small mistakes while proofreading—it’s normal to miss things on the first read through. Just fix them right away so that they don’t bother you later.
Step 7) Revise (if necessary)
Revise your essay for any grammatical errors or typos. Once you are satisfied with the content of your essay, take a break for at least thirty minutes before proofreading it. Make sure that you are looking at the paper as a whole rather than focusing on individual sentences. Look for any mistakes in punctuation, sentence structure, spelling, grammar and word usage. If there are mistakes, fix them and re-read the entire essay to make sure there are no more. Finally, read it aloud to make sure everything flows together nicely.
In conclusion , the key to success in college is to be prepared. Make sure you know what’s expected of you and keep up with deadlines. It also pays to know how to write an essay, which can be done by following this guide. Good luck on your next paper!