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29
Oct

English essay

Developing good writing skills can help you go a long way in churning out a career in professional writing. If you have a strong fundamental grasp over English you can polish it further to develop into a professional writer.
English essay writing is one of the most commonly used forms of writing and it is used to test the skills of students during different stages of their academic curricula. We will try to analyze in this article how best we can write an English essay and what are the critical factors that should be taken note of.

Reputed English scholars have said that the basic problem with essay writing lies in writers only describing about facts and not analyzing why those facts happened. This makes an essay shallow and the reader may lose interest after reading the initial few paragraphs. It is important that you establish the theme of the essay first and then let it flow the normal course by using metaphors, symbolic moments, or important incidents to relate to the overall story. This is what makes the essay interesting and holds the readers interest. It is important that we relate the text of the essay to the time that it is set. This is extremely important as this makes it easy for the reader to relate the theme to the reality prevailing at that point in time. Another critical factor that writers may face while writing an essay is to distinguish between the author and the speaker. A speaker is someone who is telling their story in the essay but the author is someone who has jotted down the essay. When writing an essay we should always have a unified argument, try to link the ideas as this will make the storyline flow smoothly and keep a track of the important points that we want to bring out in the essay.

When writing English essay be very focused on the parameters as outlined in the topic. This alone will help you to help your assessor or reader to interpret your thoughts on the topic. There are different ways that assessors analyze an essay. Hence to keep ourselves on a safer side we should always try to bring out the topic theme is the best way possible. There are few important points that an assessor looks into when he is analyzing an essay. Understanding of the subject, clear statements to support arguments, supporting your arguments with references and drawing a conclusion are the main factors that are looked in an essay. It is important that you analyze the topic given and frame your thoughts in a clear and crisp manner. In the development stage it is always advisable that if you have any doubts you should always get it clarified. Once you have completed the essay it is important that you review the essay to evaluate your arguments. Draw a convincing conclusion to close the essay.

English essay writing is a skill which develops with experience. Following the basic guidelines of essay writing can help you develop high standards of essay.

25
Oct

Check it Out Before You Hand In Your Essay

The article contains useful tips that will serve you as a remainder to check your essay for punctuation and spelling errors each time you are about to hand in your essay to the teacher.
When it comes to finalizing an essay, we often forget or simply do not feel like giving it the final glance so that to make sure the essay is sound as a bell. Unfortunately, we think how stupid it was of us not to pay several minutes to the essay only when we get the it back scribbled all over with the teacher’s corrections.


Experience is the best teacher. And next time you will be writing an essay, you’ll definitely check it for grammar and punctuation mistakes. Here is what you’ve got to pay special attention to:



  1. Each time you see “its” or “it’s” ask yourself: Do I need “its” as a possessive case of “it” or a contraction that will stand for “it is?”

  2. Check it out with the rest of the words, such as “you’re” and “your”, “they’re” and “there”, “there’s” and “theirs.” As you might have noticed, unlike contracted phrases, the possessive pronouns never use apostrophes. It would be great if you could learn this rule of thumb by heart.

  3. You must make sure all pronouns in your essay are used in the correct pronoun case. Simply determine whether the pronoun in every sentence is used as a subject, an object, or a possessive, and select the pronoun form to match.

  4. Do not refer to a lady like “it” and do not call your pet “she”. Be sure to use such pronouns as “it,” “they,” “this,” “that,” “these,” “those,” and “which” carefully to refer to definite referents, namely nouns. This way you will prevent confusion and misunderstanding on the reader’s part.

  5. Make sure everything agrees regarding singular and plural. “My cat and my wife is sleeping,” is wrong. To avoid such silly mistakes, you should know all the cases when plural and singular are used. By the way, make sure your plurals don’t have an apostrophe before s. It’s a rough mistake.

  6. See whether you spell “a lot” in two words. And remember that it is ALWAYS two words!

  7. Does “too” in your essay mean “also”? If your “too” was meant to be a number 2, change it for “two”. If both previous meanings are not your case and you wanted to use a preposition, spell it like “to.” It is as simple as that.

  8. At least once per essay you are bound to get confused in the meaning of the commonly mixed-up words. Some of the easily confused words are “than” vs. “then,” “affect” vs. “effect,” “lead” vs. “led,” “accept” vs. “except,” “advice” vs. “advise,” “ensure” vs. “insure” and so on. Enumerating all easily confused words will take too long so you’d better check them out in a good dictionary.

  9. Keep an eye on the verb tenses within a sentence and in closely related sentences. “She took a ball and plays with it” won’t do.

  10. Beware of the dangling modifiers. If you still want to use them, know exactly what each character of your essay is doing and do not make things do something they will never do. Sentences with flying knives and rushing bombs are a real laugh for readers and a headache for teachers.

  11. Each time you are reading the sentences in your essay with the word “that”, try to find out whether you can delete this word and still achieve clarity. If so, go ahead and kill it. Do the same with the sentences in your essay. Remember that your main goal is to write a meaningful essay, not to write about nothing in 500 words!

  12. Check your essay for punctuation. To make it easier, here are the punctuation caveats you should keep in mind when writing your essay: a period shows a full separation of ideas; comma and coordinating conjunction show such relationships as: addition, choice, consequence, contrast, or cause; a semicolon reveals that the second sentence completes the idea that was started in the first sentence.

You may add to this list of last-minute preparations anything you are especially bad at. This way you will make the process of essay writing even more effective and the result even more pleasant.

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  • When you outline your essay you should start with a _________ then try to come up with __________ that support(s) it
23
Oct

Use the Web Correctly

Either your essay is a success or an absolute failure depends on the evidence you include in it. And how you do it? The article dwells on common pitfalls of using source materials, and how to avoid them.


Either your essay is a success or an absolute failure depends on the evidence you include in it. And how you do it? The article dwells on common pitfalls of using source materials, and how to avoid them.


Either your essay is a success or an absolute failure depends on the evidence you include in it. And how you do it? The article dwells on common pitfalls of using source materials, and how to avoid them.


For many of students Internet has become an indispensable tool for doing the research. It is not surprising as it seems to be an unlimited storage of facts, literature and information about any kind of topic. Surfing the Internet by mere bounding in – with no plan, possessing no experience, without consulting an expert is a crapshoot. You might think that you have found something that will look like a research, but in fact it is not. To take advantage of the Internet for your written assignments you should differentiate two types of on line searches: open searches and closed searches. Open searches contain great number of publicly – available information on the net. They employ free search engines and subject directories. Surely using them for a serious research won’t do. Basically they are meant for informal and initial research as well as for brainstorming and for adding omitted facts to the text. For example when you need to know the government structure of Switzerland, or the year Joyce wrote “Ulysses”, period of Holocaust for your topic for holocaust essay use open search. Closed searches, in contrast, don’t employ the whole web but only certain, edited collections. As a rule you should have to pay for a closed search. However, as licenses and fees have often been arranged by one’s organization (a college library or corporation), a closed search can feel free to an individual user. You need to use this type when you are doing formal research, for example in case you have to find particular document or a source for your reflective essay. Both types of research have their advantages for making your research easier. Though they aim at different things and require different search strategies. Close searches don’t utilize all the variety of the web. Whereas you can’t rely on authenticity of the information found at open searches. Moreover, they don’t provide you with the scientific data.



Many students mix the two types together and as a result their work abounds in bizarre tangents, a jumble of references, and it lacks scholarly formality and seriousness. Inadequate citations from the web are another factor spoiling the general impression of the students’ essays. Don’t just refer the readers to the home page. It won’t allow them to reproduce and check your work. Citing the web source, remember to include the information about the type of online resource, a specific URL, data on author, the title of the document and a description, a publication or posting date, and a retrieval date, to name the key elements http://www.artcenter.edu. Any other kind of citation will be of no use in academic sense. The last thing you should know about citing – do it reasonably.


Mind, that while the web can provide advanced study on any topic, it also supplies you with a chaos of weird, non-academic things posted online. You should not forget that when you’re writing an academic paper, part of your assignment is to apply sound judgment about what to cite and what to leave out.

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