Writing Hacks: 10 Tips to Ace Your Essay

Posted on Oct 24, 2017

Students will agree that this is the bane of academic life—essays. Essays can be really boring, long, difficult, or a mix of all three.

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Here’s a list of tips to help you get over your essay-o-phobia and write like a pro!

  1. Know the Type of Essay You’re Writing

  2. Yes, such things exist. There are four types of essays, defined by their purpose: narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Knowing the type of essay you’re supposed to write is the first step in the right direction.

  3. Choose a Topic

  4. If number one was your why, this is your what. Having both a set topic and set purpose in mind will keep you in track of what your essay is supposed to achieve.

  5. Create an Outline

  6. An optional yet important part of the process. If you feel like your mind is flooded with ideas, outline them for later reference. Start your outline with a thesis statement, a sentence that summarizes what your essay will talk about. Then start outlining from there.

  7. Write a Banging Introduction

  8. If you think your professor enjoys reading essays, think again. Considering they have dozens to read, they probably don’t. Catch their attention with a really good introduction. You can do this by starting with a quote, a surprising statement, or a word. Just make sure it fits the rest of your essay.

  9. Keep Writing

  10. After the introduction comes the body of your essay. This is where the nitty-gritty comes in. This is where your story unfolds. This is where you give descriptions. This is where you lay the facts. This is where you convince people to support your side. Content is the most important part of the essay (and the one where most of your grade will probably come from).

  11. Write a Fitting Closure

  12. Done with your content? Don’t leave your reader hanging! Just like with gifts, an essay is best when wrapped up neatly. More than make a summary of your whole essay, your conclusion can be many things: a plot twist, recommendations for other essays, a reaffirmation of your stance, or a rhetorical question. Again, just make sure that it ties in with the rest.

  13. Craft a Clever Title

  14. What does a good title do? It preempts an equally good essay. Your title is like the cover of the book. It invites people to read. Try and not title your essay until you’re done; otherwise, you may end up beating around the bush just to make sense of your working title.

  15. Edit

  16. The work doesn’t stop with writing. Of course you have to edit. Very rarely are things done perfectly at the first try. Look for things you can improve, work on sentences that may be too long, check your grammar and structure, and make sure you made a reasonable word count.

  17. Edit Again (Or Have Someone Edit for You)

  18. One edit is not enough. Something may have missed your eye. Moreover, two (or more) pairs of eyes are better than one. If you want your essay edited efficiently and quickly, then look no further than 1-Hour Proofreading! Our editors at 1-Hour Proofreading will check for improvements in an hour or less and will make sure that your essay receives high marks.

  19. Submit!

  20. One last step! Now that you’re done with your awesome essay, it’s time to submit it. Make sure to submit it on time. You don’t want all that hard work to go to waste, do you?


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