Looking to make your essay writing better? Of course, you do. After all, essay writing is important in whatever field you study. Even better, the skills that you learn in essay writing are going to be useful in your future life as well. Sure, you won’t be doing something quite as exact as college essay writing, but nonetheless, if you’re writing an email or a proposal those essay-writing skills are still going to come in useful.
For that reason, it’s never a bad idea to invest more time in becoming a better essay writer. To help you do so, here are some tips for a college essay.
Are you using enough connector words?
Connector words are words like ‘therefore’, ‘it follows’, ‘thus’ and ‘as a result’. If you’re not using enough of those there is a good chance that you’re just introducing statements without actually arguing them out.
This is a common problem for people who haven’t written a lot of academic texts. They don’t yet grasp that writing an essay is a process of taking an audience through a series of steps that lead from the original clause to the ending conclusion.
Take this argument:
- All men are mortal
- Socrates is a man
- Therefore Socrates is mortal
Do you see what the ‘therefore’ is doing there? It’s taking two statements and showing what logically follows as a result of them. If you want to write a high-quality essay, you’ll want to do the same thing.
It’s about complicated concepts, not complicated sentences
A lot of new writers think that they are making better arguments if they use longer sentences. That’s simply not true. Longer sentences only lead to one thing – headaches for your audience. For that reason (hey look, another connector), keep your sentences simple and make your arguments sophisticated. That’s the way to your teacher’s heart (and to that A+).
If you’re not sure if you’re using long sentences, consider using something like The Hemingway App or readable.io. They’re great tools that can really make a huge difference. And here I’m not just speaking in terms of Academia. I’m speaking in terms of all of your writing.
Do you know how those writers that seem to write so conversationally make their writing seem so effortless? By putting in huge amounts of effort, that’s how. I promise you favorite writers edit their texts dozens of times. Yes, that’s right, dozens.
Now, you might not want to go that far (though really you should). But you do want to at least go through your text twice. No, not once, twice. And not quickly either. Take the time to sit down and carefully consider what you’ve written. Because editing is where you turn an okay essay into something that blows people’s socks off.
And that, my dear friends, is how you write great essays. Trust me, these college essay writing tips are worth their weight in gold. Yes, I know they physically don’t weigh anything. You know what I mean. Smart ass.