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4 марта 2019 года
How to Prepare for Writing an Essay
One of the necessary aspects of our education is essay writing. From elementary school to college, this will be a regular part of your assignments. While there are so many articles and blog posts that cover the writing process, grammar tips, paragraph length, and so on, there aren’t many discussions about how important is the preparation process.
If you cover some basic grounds before the actual writing, you will find the creating process much easier. In order to rock the exam period and captivate with your essays, you’ll need to get ready for what is to come. Here some useful hints and tips on how to prepare for writing the best essay possible.
Pick a Topic
Maybe you have your topic assigned or maybe you have a free choice but in both cases, you need to do some narrowing down.
If you are given the topic, think about the type of paper that you want to create. Do you want to write a general overview of the subject or a specific analysis? Try to narrow your focus.
In case you don’t have an assigned topic, the process is a little longer but still, you will have much more choices. This gives you an opportunity to choose a subject that is interesting or relevant to you.
The first thing you need to do is to define the purpose of your essay. Is it to inform or persuade? Then think about what interest you because if you choose a topic that you are passionate about it will reflect positively on your essay.
Do Some Research
Research is an extremely important aspect of any type of writing. It doesn’t matter if you are writing a narrative essay or a persuasive essay, you should always make valid and truthful points.
If you want to excel in this craft, you should do more than just show up to the exam.
Google the topic you are interested in or go to the library and try to find interesting facts, compelling stories, or statistically backed up claims which you can include in your essay.
You can also interview people who are experts on the subject. If you get overwhelmed with all the information, you can always get academic help from online services to organize your findings and thoughts.
Not only will your essay be more interesting to read, but you will have credible sources for your statements.
Just make sure to keep your research organized so it will be easy for you to refer back to it and cite your sources when writing your final essay.
Learn the Material with the Exam Format in Mind
If your essay exam will be based on the course material, you need to get that covered. However, while you are reading or learning the material, take a different approach than when you are simply learning for a test.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to write an essay about the information you are absorbing so create a story in your mind about different topics from the lectures.
It’s better to start preparing your brain and the way you think according to the format in which you’ll present the knowledge.
Review the material frequently to maintain a good grasp of the content.
Make notes or concept maps, about relationships between themes, ideas, and patterns that recur through the course. Read these notes just before the essay exam and you’ll be ready!
You know how the beginning of the essay is always the hardest? You look at that blank paper and feel like you forgot how to form sentences properly.
What if there is a way to solve that?
There is one very useful hack for preparing yourself for an essay exam. Free write about the course for about 5 minutes as a warm-up. Do this right before the exam.
This is a helpful exercise because it gets your brain thinking in the right direction and once you get in and need to start with your actual essay, you’ll already be in the zone and words will just flow out of your mind onto the paper.
Over to You
As you can see, there is more to writing that the actual process of putting words on paper. Preparation is a big part of mastering the art of writing successful, clear and cohesive essays.Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced essay writer, these tips will help you to fully prepare yourself for what is to come and to master your writing skills.
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