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7 Tips for Writing a Great Essay

Writing an essay isn’t easy, especially if you’re doing it on your own. But whether you’re writing a short story analysis in English class or writing a long paper for your History 101 class, it can be especially helpful to have tips from someone who has been there before. Here are seven great tips to help me do my essay. This way, I impress my teacher and get the grade I deserve!

1) Pick a Topic you are passionate about

First, decide on your topic. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box here: in fact, originality is one of your biggest assets. Once you have a topic in mind that you feel passionately about, break it down into manageable sections. With each section, break down some subheadings and bullet points that can form body paragraphs later on. The number of headings and paragraphs will vary depending on how many parts your essay has.

2) Do some research

It can be extremely difficult to write an essay without first doing some research on your topic. So before you start typing, make sure you are as familiar with your subject matter as possible. Read books and articles about it, talk to experts in that field, or even just do some background reading on Wikipedia. The more information you have at your fingertips when writing an essay, the better it will turn out. You can also get help with your research here

3) Choose your own point of view

The essay can be written from various points of view: first person, second person, or third person. Deciding which point of view to use depends on what type of material you are writing about. If you are writing about yourself, then it is most appropriate to write in first person. In other cases, second and third persons may be preferred. You need to choose carefully because using an inappropriate point of view can ruin your paper.

4) Write an opening paragraph that captures the readers’ attention

The introduction paragraph is one of your most important tools when you’re writing an essay. You want to make it interesting, but not so interesting that you don’t have room for other things in your essay. However, there are different kinds of introductions you can use, such as dramatic (using symbolism or imagery) or argumentative (using reason and logic). It’s best to find out what kind of essay your teacher expects and then write an introduction that fits with their expectations.

5) Use quotes wisely

Quotes can add humor, emphasize points, break up long stretches of text and set off certain words. But don’t go overboard: Too many quotes make your essay feel choppy and disconnected. A good rule of thumb is to use about three or four quotes per page; more than that, and you’re probably overdoing it. Also keep in mind that it’s usually better to quote whole passages instead of just one line or idea—if possible, paraphrase or summarize information instead.

6) Proofread, proofread, proofread

If you’re going to write something, you’ll want to make sure it looks its best. This means proofreading at least twice and probably three times. Check your spelling and grammar, ask for help from friends who might have better grammar or spelling than you, and ask yourself if what you’ve written makes sense—and if not, why not? The more work you put into it now, the less work someone else will have to do later on. Proofreading can be one of those steps that can easily be overlooked in an essay, but that’s a big mistake! It may seem like nitpicking, but proper punctuation is actually important when writing an essay. And again, even though it seems like too much effort for too little reward, putting time into making sure everything is just right in your essay will pay off in spades when you get to college and have professors and tutors checking over your essays. Don’t take them lightly!

7) Read over your essay out loud to yourself

Reading your essay out loud is an important step in editing that’s often overlooked and sometimes you should also get external help from This helps you find mistakes like run-on sentences, unnecessary words, and awkward phrasing. It also helps identify issues with sentence structure and flow. Make sure to keep an eye out for any weirdly long sentences or overly complicated sentences. You want to avoid these as much as possible—they can be difficult to read aloud because they tend to jump around too much.


Eric WardWorking full-time as a Senior Marketing Manager for one of the biggest IT companies in the US, I also enjoy helping college students with their homework. Work with me if you need help with an essay, case study, or a term paper. I have an MBA degree and I’m fully committed to helping you with any pending Marketing or Management assignment.