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Some more tips for essay writing

Before writ­ing, we need to remem­ber a fun­da­men­tal fact that essay writ­ing is also a skill that should be devel­oped like the skills of type­writ­ing, draw­ing, swim­ming etc. Hence it is a time-bounded activ­ity. Any stu­dent who expects him­self or her­self to become good at this skill in a short period of time should real­ize that he or she is unrea­son­ably ambitious.

Here are some good sug­ges­tions to be under­taken to become god at writ­ing skills. A dili­gent effort to prac­tice these on a reg­u­lar basis is strongly recommended.

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Increase your knowledge:

It is very nec­es­sary that you equip with knowl­edge about the cur­rent affairs and cur­rent trends in the fields of social, eco­nomic, socio-economic and polit­i­cal sce­nario around you and in other areas. This can be devel­oped by read­ing news­pa­per daily and read­ing other mag­a­zine reg­u­larly. There are some mag­a­zines that are ded­i­cated to a par­tic­u­lar generic like “Busi­ness Today” which gives all infor­ma­tion about busi­ness. In the sim­i­lar way if you read more mag­a­zines you will get so much of knowl­edge. This infor­ma­tion that you gather also improves not only in writ­ing knowl­edge based essays but also non-knowledge based essays.

DOs and DONTs to improve clar­ity of ideas and make a bet­ter presentation:

• Iden­tify the key words in the topic and gen­er­ate ideas with their help. Let us see some examples:

“Anger is the best weapon to attain peace in the world”. The key words in this topic are ‘anger’, ‘weapon’ and ‘peace’.

• Make a frame­work of what you would like to write.

• Spend two to three min­utes think­ing about the given topic and note-down the points that you strike.

• Pri­or­i­tize the points and decide how you would orga­nize your essay.

• A good intro­duc­tion, a coher­ent mid­dle and a ratio­nal end­ing are a must and add so much value to the essay.

• Avoid the use of any sta­tis­ti­cal data, if you are not sure of its correctness.

• Do not use quo­ta­tions unless you are sure of the name of the author because the authors name should be men­tioned, if you quote his words. How­ever, there can be an excep­tion when quot­ing proverbs and axioms.

• In the case of essays on knowledge-based top­ics, use exam­ples as much as pos­si­ble and use from the cur­rent affairs, busi­ness exam­ples and other eco­nomic sit­u­a­tions or any­thing that is related to your topic so that it adds much clar­ity to the topic and makes your idea much clear. This also proves the eval­u­a­tor about your read­ing habits and apti­tude for that position.

• See to it that you are not car­ried away, when you ana­lyze the given topic.

• Be very prac­ti­cal and have bal­anced approach to the issue pre­sented in the essay topic. Being too crit­i­cal or too sup­port­ing is taken to be nar­row mind­ed­ness or uninformative.

Improve cor­rect­ness of the language:

Write at least one essay a day and once you are thor­ough with writ­ing essay, read the essay, prefer­ably with the mind of eval­u­a­tor. If may be your own essay but you will find some errors. Even if you are not able to find the error on your own then ask some­one to read your essay and their opin­ions on that essay. It will be very sym­bi­otic if your friend is also try­ing to improve essays writ­ing. After you real­ize the mis­takes, note down them and try to avoid those mis­takes. This makes you very con­fi­dent of your­self and makes you a

How to write an essay?

Apart from the clar­ity and con­text an equally impor­tant thing in proper choice of words grouped into sim­ple sen­tences that express what you want to tell with no scope of ambi­gu­ity and con­tra­dic­tion. Your con­tent and clar­ity of ideas should be sup­ported by the cor­rect­ness of the expres­sion. Let’s see some of the prob­lems that we face gen­er­ally regard­ing this.

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Incli­na­tion to use high sound­ing words:

You may won­der that peo­ple with high vocab­u­lary face this kind of prob­lem. They grow some strong and irra­tional lik­ing for high sound­ing words and are under the impres­sion that the use of such words impresses the eval­u­a­tor. But the result is just the oppo­site. So try to use less high sound­ing words as possible.

Con­fus­ing or wrong references:

In terms of gram­mar this mis­take is the result of improper use of pro­nouns. It is one of the best prac­tices to read a book on com­mon mis­takes in Eng­lish and go through the rules and sen­tence cor­rec­tions as many as pos­si­ble before you write an essay.

Wrong use of verbs:

Wrong use of verbs in a sen­tence is one of the most com­mon mis­takes that peo­ple make that catches the atten­tion of the peo­ple who cor­rects. Chiefly there are two kinds of mis­takes that peo­ple make. They are agree­ment between the sub­ject and the verb of a sen­tence and mis­takes that are related to the proper use of the sequence of tense.

Wrong order of the words:

If you write sen­tences like, “the hunter with a long tail killed a tiger”, your essay is sure to tickle the per­son who eval­u­ates. But then, tick­ling the eval­u­a­tor obvi­ously is not the objec­tive of your essay. “The hunter killed a tiger with a long tail” is dif­fer­ent from “the hunter with a long tail killed a tiger”. The first sen­tence means that the hunter killed a tiger with a long tail but the sec­ond sen­tence means that the hunter killed a tiger by using the long tail as killing device or weapon. At the ear­li­est point of time, see if you are in the habit of writ­ing these kinds of sen­tences. Most of the time, one com­mits these kinds of mis­takes because of the neg­li­gence or lack of atten­tion. That’s why they almost always go unno­ticed. The best way to avoid these type of mis­takes is to edit the essay once you are through with it.

How to essays in English?

Eng­lish doesn’t mean only Eng­lish gram­mar but also speak­ing and writ­ing in Eng­lish. But when peo­ple think about Eng­lish they will get the thought of gram­mar. Gram­mar is the basics of sen­tences which are used in under­stand­ing sen­tences in Eng­lish while read­ing and writ­ing. Now a days peo­ple are hav­ing much knowl­edge of gram­mar but no knowl­edge of how to use it prop­erly. So it’s very essen­tial to learn read­ing and writ­ing in Eng­lish which we face in our real world sit­u­a­tions. In my pre­vi­ous post I explained about how to read com­pre­hen­sion pas­sage. In today’s post let’s know about how to write Eng­lish essays and what to write.

Con­text of the topic:

Before writ­ing an essay we need to know the con­text of the topic. You are expected to under­stand the con­text and see to it that what­ever you write in your essay is not irrel­e­vant to the con­text pre­scribed. Every essay topic requires you to under­stand it in a par­tic­u­lar way. Mis­un­der­stand­ing the topic obvi­ously results in a wrong pre­sen­ta­tion. You have to cus­tomize what­ever you know about the topic and key words in the topic to suit the need of the moment.  You should have ade­quate infor­ma­tion on each main idea of the topic given.

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Clar­ity of the ideas to be presented:

Clar­ity of the ideas that you present in your essay is slightly dif­fer­ent from the con­text of the essay topic in the sense that proper under­stand­ing of the con­text of the essay enables you to know what you have to focus on. Whereas, hav­ing clar­ity of the ideas will help you in avoid­ing the risk of devi­at­ing or vague in what you want to say.

If you are clear about the mat­ter then you will not face any prob­lem in lack of thoughts at the time of writ­ing them. This also enables you to get the elo­quent result. When you are clear about the points that you want to present, you will be able to orga­nize them in an order.

After that, next step is to cus­tomize. You may be fol­low­ing con­tem­po­rary adver­tise­ments closely and observ­ing con­tem­po­rary chil­dren. You may have good under­stand­ing of both of these. But when you are asked to attempt an essay on this, you are not expected to write what­ever you know. Rather you know have to mould your knowl­edge and con­tem­po­rary under­stand­ing and form the cor­rect essay.

Struc­ture of the essay:

As it is often said that a good essay is that which have focused from the begin­ning on what you want to say; a clear, infor­ma­tive and con­vinc­ing mid­dle part to elab­o­rate what­ever you have men­tioned in the begin­ning and well con­cluded end part to sum up the exact infor­ma­tion that you want to say.

An impor­tant issue to take care of is the begin­ning of the essay. Because you may be asked to restrict your essay to a cer­tain words, it is bet­ter to start your essay with a sen­tence that straight away explains the topic that you are going to say. This focused begin­ning should lead to an elab­o­ra­tion of your per­spec­tive and essay should have an end part in which you will give your con­clu­sion sup­port­ing your begin­ning of the essay.

Structure your Essays

Writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion is tak­ing prece­dence over ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, at least in busi­ness par­a­digm. Writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion removes the ele­ment of doubt. Writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion is about being pre­cise and express­ing con­cisely. Many of us fail to present our views well enough to engage the audi­ence.  As a result, we lose on grades and oppor­tu­ni­ties. Ele­gance and flair in writ­ing is devel­oped by con­tin­u­ous prac­tice. Through the next few arti­cles we will learn to develop the habit of writ­ing sys­tem­at­i­cally with a focus on ele­gance on top of information.

Golden Rule

C.O.D.E.R. This will be our mantra to have an eye catch­ing essay.

C: Col­lect Ideas

O: Orga­nize Ideas

D: Draft the ideas

E: Edit the ini­tial draft

R: Rewrite and jump to D.

If you feel, your essay passes all tests then it is ready to be submitted.

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