We’ve mentioned this on a previous article on essay writing, but it seems pertinent to mention it here too.
Essays are a chance for you to show off how widely read you are, so make sure you quote other people’s opinions, and original sources, on what you’re writing about.
Just as the books you read subconsciously help mould your own writing style, so reading other people’s essays can help you develop and build on your own essay-writing style.
Try to read a range of other essays, including those of your peers and of academics. Is the argument a balanced one, with points adequately supported with evidence?
Read the opinion pieces and dissect how the writer has supported their points with evidence, and again, be critical; note where they’ve left things out to try to persuade you to a particular opinion.
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Essays should be balanced, so you can learn from the best of these writers and pick up some techniques to help you shape a balanced piece.
Only then can you start writing the structure for an essay that builds up to your overall conclusion.
To condense what you’re trying to say into a short, snappy summary for you to work from, try making an ‘Elevator Pitch’ style summary of what you intend to write and why readers should be interested in it.
Prefixes are added to the beginning of a word to change the meaning, such as “semi” or “ante”, while suffixes are added to the end, such as “-able” or “-ance”.
– Start a vocabulary book – you probably have one if you’re learning a foreign language, so why not have one for your native language as well?