Tips and Tricks University

Part 6: Three (of my best) Essay Writing Tips!

University tips and tricks: essay writing hacks!

Essay Writing at University

It’s around that time of year when essays are due in, preparation for exams is already starting and everyone is stressed (very stressed, almost ‘going grey’ kind of stressed). I recently handed in three essays which count towards my final degree (oh my, ARGHHHH – bit scary?). Through writing these essays I have devised a list of the three most handy tips I know of… and trust me, they are handy.

1. Plan, plan, plan.

This is arguably the most important element of essay writing and if you don’t do it then well slap on the wrist for you (or no dessert – I don’t promote violence). Planning is crucial for the thought process and organisation of ideas. Often, (don’t worry I was one of these) people can have an essay that is full of incredible (ground-breaking, well, if you are me… yes, you are supposed to find that funny…) ideas but they can become muddled and confused. This is because they aren’t planned out properly.

Begin by breaking down the question, then organise your readings in relation to the question (add in a load of pretty colours – that’s important too, oh and a few post-it notes) and then finally incorporate a planned out introduction and conclusion. I actually write my introduction last, because then I find I am able to write a concise starting point for my discussion.

This is just a simplified way of going about a plan, but I am sure you get the idea. If not then leave a question below and I am happy to help!

2. Reference as you go!

We can all mutually agree on how irritating referencing can be, especially when you have ‘browsed’ 952 websites, opened 21 ebooks and pretended to use the library. Well, I just reference as I go, particularly when I am writing notes for my essay. This means that my referencing is basically already done by the time I come to write up my final copy and it saves the painstaking task of going through pages internet history amongst those ‘two minute Facebook and twitter checks’.

3. Ask a family member or a close friend to read your essay before you hand it in.

This is something that I find personally very helpful. I often ask members of my family the essay question, because then they are able to provide immediate responses (often not related to my subject in anyway but still). This helps me to view my essay differently, and perhaps see a point of view I would normally ignore.

Another trick to ask a family member or a friend (who isn’t on your course) to read your essay. They will be able to notice grammar mistakes, spelling errors, poorly worded sentences and ‘gaps’ within your work as they are not familiar with your content.

Keep smiling!

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If you would like to read more posts from this series, then you can view part 1 which talks about applying for university here! Alternatively you can read the post prior to this, “A University Room Haul” by clicking here :) (Part 4 is still missing but will be up very very soon).

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Channon Gray

I'm Channon and yes, it's spelt wrong, but that is interesting right? I'm 23 years young. I like to write, create art and travel. Cornish bumpkin who studied in London then Cambridge. I'm now a Postgraduate Student, Stationery Addict and all-round Life Enthusiast.

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Amy Grunewald
Amy Grunewald
November 30, 2017 14:07

Good job! It’s very useful when you deal with essays constantly. However you can get a fast essay help from Essay Helper for You.

April 5, 2016 11:15

A writer does not therefore have to worry about the interpretation of facts because in most cases, there is never a right or wrong way of interpreting the facts included in an essay.

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