Suggestions from an Essay Writer: How to Get a Top Mark

Throughout most of my experience in high school I considered myself a mediocre essay writer. It wasn’t until college that I met with a great tutor who taught me some simple but effective tips to develop my skills and get the top grades I needed to advance my academic career. So here are those same tips for you to adopt to get those top writing marks:

  1. Try to have fun with your assignment. First and foremost have fun with your assignment. Think outside the box and ask yourself several questions related to your topic choices. Going into your assignment with a positive mind will help you get started.
  2. Research new or surprising things. If you stay interested in your topic you’re going to have an easier time writing your essay. This means you should go out to research things that are new and interesting to you. This way your enthusiasm towards a subject will come through in your writing.
  3. Use ample evidence. Your written content should have plenty of supporting evidence. This doesn’t mean that you should simply add long quotes or fill every sentence with paraphrased material. Each bit of evidence you present should be explained in your own words.
  4. Write the body before your intro and conclusion. Many students find that the introduction is the hardest part to write. Don’t let this delay your writing, start with the body paragraphs which get right down to the most central parts of your argument. Once these are written, you should have an easier time writing that intro.
  5. Answer the “How?” Most essays do a great job of answering the “what” questions. But the best essays also answer the “how” questions. Show how things are related and how they work together to prove the point you are making.
  6. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Sometimes writing can be a bit like a wacky dance. Your mind jumps around from one place to another erratically. Don’t be afraid to get creative, especially during you drafting phase. You might find your mind discovers some great things when allowed to roam.
  7. Don’t use certain words or phrases. There are certain words and phrases you want to avoid as you develop your writing skills: don’t use clichés, they are worn and will only insult your reader. Don’t use vague words like “that,” “things,” or “some”. None of these words have a concrete meaning.
  8. It’s okay to go online. Don’t hesitate to go online to find information if you find yourself stuck or don’t know much about a certain area of your topic. There are plenty of reliable sources that have accurate info. Just be sure to cite properly if you borrow an idea.

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