ESSAY WRITING – TIPS FOR SUCCESS
There are no shortcuts to writing good essays.
1 - Answer the question
Do not try to memorise an essay and use it as an answer.
2 - Be original
Try not to use the usual boring plot that you have read before. I always tell my students to relate real life experiences or write it from the heart.
3 - Don't thesaurize your composition
Some students like to use bombastic words all over their essays. It can make the essay very awkward if the vocabulary used is inapt.
4 - Spend some time on your introduction
Plan your introduction carefully so that it grabs the attention of the reader. Stay away from the "Everyone in this world......" introduction.
5 - Body paragraphs must relate to your introduction
Make sure that your introduction leads to the paragraphs and all your paragraphs are cohesive. Plan for only one main idea for each paragraph.
6 - Use transition
Use transition markers to begin each paragraph as well as within the paragraph to ensure the smooth flow of the essays.
7 - Remember to write a good conclusion
Remember to end your essay with an appropriate conclusion. You can summarise your points, state the implication of a certain issue or state your hope for the future.
8 - Time management
Spare some time to check your work. Watch out for spelling errors, grammatical errors esp tenses.