Honestly, essay writing is not my forte. But when I was in my first year in college, most of the professors required academic or research writing at all times. It was traumatizing and frustrating to me. I was always afraid of my grades as I usually failed essay-type of exams. I prayed that some professors would use another kind of assessment. A multiple-choice or identification type of exam would be better. But they did love to let us compose long essays.
After the midterm, I saw my grades, and they were as bad as I thought. I was disappointed. Do students like to receive a failing mark? No one likes that. In my case, I am a very competitive student, and I do not want to have a low rating on my credentials. So, I devoted a lot of my time to improve my essay writing skills. It was never easy. But thru practice, my academic write-ups really improved. All of my sleepless nights and efforts paid off.
For those who also encounter trouble expressing themselves in essays, I know how frustrating it is. I understand. Here are some research tips that will make your writing process more seamless and effortless than you have ever expected. Without further ado, let’s begin!
Find as Many Resources as Possible
This is where most students and even professionals struggle.
How do you write? Do you start composing your essays right away without valuable resources at hand?
I am one of those people who begin writing even with no enough knowledge on the topic. That’s wrong.
Although we may have a good introduction and body, they will not sound credible without citing studies, statistics, and industry/thought leaders.
So, before I write, I make sure to explore the title, and it helps me be on the right path while writing.
Before, we needed to browse every available book in a school or public library. Things changed today. We can search for any information online with a tap of a button.
But despite the availability of the internet, it remains confusing to get the most out of search engines like Google, Microsoft Edge, Bing, and Mozilla Firefox.
Google, in particular, comes with an advance search you should take advantage of. But do not forget to evaluate every piece of information and address plagiarism.
You already have your resources. You found good backs or sources online.
What are you waiting for? You can now begin to write. But here is the thing. You may struggle with where to start.
It is a common adversity students and professionals experience, so you are not alone.
Of course, you also want everything to be perfect, from grammar, structure, consistency, good flow to accuracy.
That’s why you always delete every word you type on your MS word. I could relate to that. But you do not have to be perfect. The trick here is to write every thought that comes to your mind. From there, you would not believe you are almost done. Isn’t it awesome, is it?
It is all right if you commit many typos and grammar errors. That’s part of writing. You can edit that at the end of the day.
Also, be sure to follow your outline. While it may sound good to explore something different, stick to your outline at all times.
Polish Your Work
This is one of the most critical stages of essay writing.
When polishing your article, remember to correct any errors, from typos to grammar issues. You can ask your close friends for some help if possible.
Omit unnecessary thoughts and add more engaging ideas. It is all right if you lose a hundred words in your article. A concise, accurate, research-packed, and interesting essay is what matters the most.
Once edited, you can let someone read it. Then, ask them for any suggestions. Tell them to be honest, and you also have to be open to any constructive criticism. It may hurt at first, but it is only for your own good. So, accept their feedback. Plus, change what needs to be modified and improved.
A few days before the submission, reread your essay. I tell you what. You may think of better ideas. Use that to make your write-ups catchier and more thought-provoking.