What It Takes To Create An Outstanding Essay

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Be organized.

Even if you’re writing an in-class essay, it is important for you to make a rudimentary outline for your eyes only on the back of a spare sheet of paper. No matter if you are in History, English, or maybe even some crazy Common Core Math class, an essay will make a stronger essay if it is indicative of higher level thinking and organizational skills than if it is just a peacock’s tail feathers of knowledge.

This is not an absolute truth, but as you rise from a high school to a university student, you will be judged less and less on what you know and more and more on your ability to effectively apply it. However, sometimes you will be able to tell, or your teacher or professor will outright tell you, that the essay is meant for nothing more than to tell if you are paying attention in the class or reading the provided materials.

If this is the case, then the organizational strategy may make up less of your grade. However, there is never a case in which the teacher or professor would prefer a disorganized splublurp of information on paper to a well-organized and argumentative essay.

Be correct in all ways.

If you are in higher level writing courses, you will be expected to argue a point and your professor or teacher is going to be expected to grade you on that point objectively and without his own personal bias. This is not what is meant by “be correct.” The worst thing you can do to tank your grade in the eyes of your teacher, professor, grader, peers, parents, and pets is to misuse a word that is too big and complicated for you to fully grasp its meaning. Speak within your limits and do not use a thesaurus in every sentence. It is only taking up your time and your teacher will be none the more impressed by it. Instead, use the words you’ve known since the third grade, but use them eloquently and without a margin of error. This is infinitely preferable to utilizing meaningless squabble as a guise by which you can meander, seemingly opportunistically. Yes, that last sentence was an example of exactly what not to do, even though everything in it might be used correctly. No matter if it is correct, is is unpleasant to the reader.

Actually try to argue a point.

If you are knew to the essay writing saloon and are yet to have the best essays in the game, then you may think it is okay to write from an objective point of view and straddle both sides of the fence in an issue. This is not the way to write a solid essay, you Nehru-level non-aligned person you. Instead, you want to argue the point you best identify with and pummel the other side to the ground! Effectively, your thesis statement should be your argument, and it should be followed by the statement that states by which three means you are going to be arguing your thesis. This is the best way to start an essay, because it gives both an organizational strategy and argument by which your writing can flow naturally.