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Writing Well in Academic Work

Even though you might not be thinking about applications or admissions for another several months, you’ll probably be writing papers, reports, and other academic work in just a few short weeks. Don’t worry, though – EssayEdge has you covered with a few tips that will help you boost your grades in the coming semester.

1. Start Early!

This is the single most important thing that you can do to ensure the success of your academic essay.  If you leave the writing of your essay until the night before it is due, you may spend all night writing your essay and then find, to your horror and just one hour before it is due, that it does not work for you.  And if it does not work for you, it is not likely to work for your professor. You will avoid this common disaster if you begin your essay well before it is due.  Effective writing, after all, is mostly a process of rewriting – your work will get better with each passing draft. You will not have time to do this if you wait until the last minute.

2. Take Time to Develop an Outline

What is your thesis statement? What is the single most important message you wish to convey in your academic essay?

If you have an answer to this question, you are well on your way to developing a very effective academic essay. But even if you know what your thesis statement is, how will you prove it?  There is nothing worse than spending days developing an essay that, when complete, simply does not work.  So, save yourself all that time! If you develop an outline first, you will know whether or not you can prove your thesis statement.

If you do not have experience developing outlines, no problem. Here’s a tip from the pros at EssayEdge: find two or three academic essays that you really like (and that have been judged to be well written), and develop outlines for those. By outlining something that is already written, you’ll get the hang of the process.  This will give you two or three outline models that can help you develop an outline for your own essay before you write it.

3. Do Your Homework: Research and Provide Support for Arguments

Effective academic essays offer clear, concise proof, throughout their development, of the various points that are being made.  The thing to avoid is “over–referencing” your work, so that it turns into a series of footnoted sentences. Footnotes and supporting quotations are critical, of course, but what is even more critical is the original thought that is contained in your essay.  Be sure that your original thought is introduced early, in your introduction, and summarized clearly in your conclusion. In other words, tell the reader what you are going to say, say it, and then summarize it.

And keep it simple! It is a misconception that the most effective academic essays are the most complex academic essays.  Your professor has read through countless essays characterized by convolution, obfuscation, unclear thinking, and the absence of a thesis statement. If you open with a clear thesis statement, develop it effectively, and then re-present it in your conclusion, you will go a long way toward winning over your professor and getting the A+ you want.

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