It’s essay writing season for tons of students!
After being a college writing tutor for over a year, I thought I would share my advice with all you awesome people on tumblr. This is how I write essays, but if you’ve got more tips, feel free to add them below.
Happy writing. You can do it!
I’m sorry, but these “advices” for writing an essay has me face-palming.
DO NOT FOLLOW THESE RULES; it is setting you up for receiving a big fat “F” on your essay.
Number 1: NEVER ever state in your essay(s) “I will be discussing…”, “My argument is…”, “What I’m going to be talking about…”, etc. NEVER. When you write an argumentative essay it is automatically your opinion unless you’re doing a report. There is a HUGE difference between the two. You NEVER use First Person or Second Person PoV.
Number 2: DO NOT, for the love of GOD, start your introduction paragraph with a quote (or use a quote at all in your intro. para.). The last thing your professor wants to see is a cliched opening. You’ll make your professor deduct points/drop a letter grade from your essay or make him/her fall asleep. Starting your essay with a quote has been done thousands and thousands of times—it’s worn out. Use a creative hook that’ll grab your readers’ attention. You COULD use a quote, but trust me when I say it’s not going to make your essay any more unique than the countless students doing it. THEY WILL KNOW if you use quotes to take up space. When you use your quotes in your body paragraphs, make sure you Rephrase, Elaborate and Commentate (RECognize what you’re using for your evidence and arguments).
Number 3: The OP stated to “get started on your body paragraphs first”, don’t do this. Start your introduction paragraph first because this will give you an outline of your body paragraphs. You MUST have your thesis before getting started on your body paragraphs—there will be no point in starting your body paragraphs if you don’t have it. In testing for AP subjects or the SAT, ACT, and more, do you really think you can start with body paragraphs? Definitely not.
Number 4: You COULD put your thesis as the last sentence of your intro. para., but it is not recommended. Do not do this. Have your thesis somewhere in the middle of your intro. para.
Number 5: Your body paragraphs are not to tell your readers what to think, your body paragraphs serve a purpose to argue for (and back up) whatever your thesis is.
Number 6: The conclusion isn’t to hold up your arguments just in case your readers have forgotten, it’s to sum everything up like a closing statement.
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