Academic Writing Lessons

How To Compose A+ Essay

Essay writing is a fact of life. No matter what grade level you are in or whatever subject you are working in, you will have to write your fair share of academic papers. Here are some tried and true ways of completing a top-notch academic assignment that will send your course grades soaring:

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Tried and True Ways to Complete a High Quality Essay

Be Sure to Do Ample Research on Your Chosen Topic

The first step in completing a high quality academic assignment is in conducting plenty of background and in-depth research. When you do your background research you can search online for any information that will be helpful in understanding some of the greater issues surrounding your topic. In-depth research should be conducted in the library where you can access large databases of relevant and credible resources.

Have a Clear Question to Answer or Issue to Address

Not having a clear direction can greatly affect both your writing and the way in which your essay will be received. After doing your research you should take a look at the assignment prompt a second time and highlight the specific questions or issues you have been asked to address. It might help to start crafting a few thesis statement drafts. Even though you may still make changes to your argument after you’ve written a first draft, it’s a good idea to work within some kind of framework to ensure you don’t get too far of topic.

Create an Outline of Your Argument and Discussion Points

Take your notes and spend some time arranging related ideas, quotations, and pieces of supporting evidence into clusters. You want to use only the best content, always keeping in mind that the material you include will have to effectively prove your thesis statement. Use these information clusters to create a detailed outline of how you plan to present your argument. Keep the reader in mind as you order your material, remembering that the simplest and direct approach is often the best.

Start Writing a First Draft Early and Do So Efficiently

Don’t wait until the last minute to get started with your academic essay. Soon after you’ve completed your research you should start putting together a first draft. This version of your essay doesn’t need to be perfect, so don’t get bogged down with making corrections as you go. Simply try and get your ideas down in one place as quickly and efficiently as possible. You will always have several chances to make corrections later in the process.

Always Revise the Content of Your First Draft

No writer, no matter how experienced, will be able to effectively present a good argument by simply writing a first draft. There is always room for improvement and you must acknowledge this position if you want to craft the best academic assignment possible. Consider ways in which you can improve your presentation by moving, editing, or adding content.

Be Sure to Completely Edit and Proofread Your Paper

Finally, you should give yourself plenty of time to completely edit and proofread your paper. When editing y should look for ways to make your sentence structures more clear and direct as well as find simpler ways to express ideas through proper word choice. Don’t make things more confusing than they have to be for the reader.

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Complicated structures and poor word choice can make your paper difficult to understand. When proofreading look for common errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Even the smallest errors could cost you a letter grade.

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