After finishing the last essay, I put together a list of notes about how to go about writing university essays in the future. As I looked at it more, I thought that it might be really useful for some of you who read this. After all, writing essays does not come easy to everyone, so you can ask for assignment writing help from your friends or colleagues.
So, here are my five tips.
Make Notes During the Reading
You’ve probably got some reading to do before you start writing. This helps you collect your evidence and notes together ready to put on paper.
I suggest putting the title of the essay at the top of the piece of paper you’re making your notes on, so it is always there when you’re reading. Keep that question in mind with every little thing that you read. If the sentence or paragraph links to the question, then make a note of it. If it doesn’t, then move onto the next part.
You see, I got into the habit of highlighting things that I thought would be eventually helpful. It turned out that the notes weren’t exactly helping me answer the essay question when it came to it. Plus, I was spending hours looking back through the books to find the highlighted parts again. I’ve found getting it all on paper first has been highly useful.
Make a Note of Your References
On your notes page, make a note of all the references you use. Write down the name of the authors, the title of the book and chapter and the page number. All this just makes it so much easier when it comes to your reference section.
This was another problem I had. I would have to go back to find the relevant books and the page number. If I couldn’t find them, then I’d need to find the information I used somewhere else and it really hampered my speed when writing university essays.
A friend takes photos of the books. That way she can just check the photos for the details quickly.
Collect Your Thoughts
I like to collect my thoughts with the old-fashioned pen and paper. A friend laughed at me for this, but I actually find it easier than trying to type straight into the computer. Everybody is different.
Whichever way you prefer, make sure you do collect your thoughts. Create a plan for writing university essays. You can’t just put “introduction”, “paragraph one,” etc. You need to put the information that will go into each paragraph. What claim are you making? What evidence will you use? Where will your references go?
Collecting your thoughts will help to make sure you have everything ready to type. With my latest essay, I wrote the claims out on paper and then put stars where I needed the evidence. When I was typing it up, I could copy from the paper and then just do the evidence afterwards. It made sure I structured the essay properly and didn’t forget anything accidentally.
Does Every Paragraph Answer the Question?
Once you’ve done your first draft, leave it a day or so. At least leave it a couple of hours and walk away from the computer. You need a fresh brain to go to the second draft.
You want to look through each paragraph and make sure it answers the question. You’ve probably got a tight word count. I’ve not had one over 2,000 words lately, so have needed to keep my paragraphs short and sweet to make sure I get all the information I want into the essays.
Proofread Before You Send It Off
Finally, you need to make sure you proofread your work. This should be the last thing you do before you send it off—when you know you’ve finished tweaking anything. Proofreading also gives you the chance to make sure you have everything you need for your essay, such as word count, your name and any other information your university requires.
Most universities mark down for spelling mistakes, especially a lot of them. You want to make your work look as perfect as possible.
Hopefully, the five tips will help you with writing university essays. I know they helped me with my last one