Avoid most common essay mistakes to become a better student
Do you feel like you need help with essay writing? We’ll try to help you out. All you have to do is to change your approach to working at your writing assignments. Here are the most common essay writing mistakes you would want to avoid for better academic progress.
More often than not, multi-tasking proves to be less efficient that you might hope. You need to stop sacrificing your productivity trying to do everything at the same time. Do you often find yourself working on your essays, chatting with friends and watching short videos at the same time? Then it’s time to change your habits. Set interim goals, set up a timer and get full control over the process.
- Aiming at perfection.
This is just another obstacle that steals your time and energy. Do you spend too much time choosing one of the essay topics you’ve been given? Do you keep rewriting entire passages just because you think they are not good enough? Here are some tips as to what you can do to mend the matter:
- can’t find a suitable topic? Just close your eyes and point randomly onto the topic list. The one you’ve pointed at will be your essay topic.
- can’t find any proper resources to collect information from? Visit forums and discussion boards for students and ask for advice. Or you can try to use google.com — chances are, you’ll be able to find the resources you need here.
- Using outdated methods.
Nowadays there are tons of software programs and applications for pretty much everything. Most likely, you already use some of those for adding filters to your photos or looking for recipes. So why don’t you use online tools to help yourself with writing an essay?
- Reinventing the wheel.
One of the best tactics for research writing is learning from examples. Instead of just sitting and staring blankly at your laptop/computer screen, search for essay samples on similar topics. Sometimes it might even be better to look for an essay writing company. There is a great many of those, but make sure you choose a legit one.
- Ignoring the standard essay structure.
Sometimes students try to use a more creative approach to essay writing and choose unusual ways to format their academic papers. In most cases, this is counterproductive and it’s likely your professor won’t appreciate the effort. Standard structure works best and it actually makes your work easier.
- Being boring.
You should never underrate the importance of elements that usually drive attention to your writing – and to the point of view you are presenting. If your reader gets tired of your writing from the start, it’s likely he or she won’t be able to read to the end. Most common ways to attract attention to your essay are rhetoric questions, engaging your reader in a dialogue, real life stories, jokes, statistics data, breaking news, fun facts and others.
- Repeating yourself.
Repeating certain ideas over and over again only to make your essay look longer is a big, and very common, mistake. You are only allowed repeating yourself by using the same statement in essay introduction and in essay conclusion.
- Filler words.
Quite often students add phrases and sentences that present no importance for the essay topic whatsoever. Get rid of them; while they add volume, they add nothing in terms of real value to your work.
- Jumping from one idea to another.
You must remember that all paragraphs in your work must be logically connected. Otherwise you’ll make it very hard for your audience to follow your thoughts, which may create many misunderstandings.
- Disregarding grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style errors.
Sometimes a simple misprint may kill the entire essay. This is exactly why checking your essay for any kinds of mistakes and misprints is a must. There are lots of online services that can do the error check for you – or you can ask a friend for help (or do it yourself, by reading and re-reading your essay a few times over).
It’s quite possible some mistakes in this list may seem familiar to you. Avoiding them may take some time and effort, but there’s nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it.