The Teachable Classroom

5 Things to Do

Essay writing is certainly a skill that can be mastered, but it isn’t necessarily a straightforward one that every student can easily grasp. Composing great papers involves more than collecting and then listing facts. It requires student to have a good understanding of the topic they are writing about, as well as knowledge of how to present that knowledge to an audience of academic peers. Here are five things you can do to start composing the best homework writing assignments in your class:

  1. Each Paper Must Have a Proper Structure
  2. All paper assignments need to be broken up into paragraphs to make them more readable. It isn’t very pleasant reading a whole page full of text. Breaking down a paper into different sections is what allows the reader to understand the logic of an argument. Using a simple formula, including an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion is the preferred method. The introduction will let your readers know what your paper is about and contain a thesis statement, the body paragraphs will each contain a single main argument and evidence to support your thesis, and the conclusion will summarize and synthesize all the information presented in the assignment.

  3. Each Body Paragraph Must Have a Proper Structure
  4. Each paragraph should also have a proper structure and meet specific requirements. A good structure to work with is known as the SEXI – structure, standing for structure, explanation, example, and importance. The statement should express the main point of the paragraph, the explanation should expand on the statement, the example should be something concrete that gives evidence to the main statement, and the importance shows why the statement you made is important.

  5. Each Assignment Needs a Writing Plan
  6. Just like you wouldn’t go on any kind of road trip without consulting a map, you shouldn’t start an assignment without a plan. It’s a good idea to start an essay by first making a plan of what you will be writing about. It only takes a few minutes to put a plan together, and it will instantly give your work structure and prevent you from forgetting any of your most important points. It’s always a good idea to start with an outline so that you can organize your thoughts in an easy to follow format so you don’t get off track when you start essay.

  7. Revision, Proofreading and Editing
  8. Homework assignments give you the luxury of having time to conduct full revisions and edits of your paper. When revising look for opportunities to improve your paper by removing text and rearranging content. When proofreading look for mistakes in grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. When editing, make sure you have used simple English and that your sentences are logically constructed. Any occasion where you can use simple language to express your ideas do so. Confusing sentence constructions will make your reader lose focus and attention.

  9. Practice, Practice, Practice
  10. Learning how to write great essays takes some practice, and that’s the really good news about it. Most students will go through their early years in school writing just one or two essays each year. That’s not enough practice to get one writing A+ level papers. So our advice is that you take the initiative and practice on your own. Practice writing introductions, body paragraphs and conclusions. Practice transitions and topic sentences. Take time working on sentence structures and all of the other elements of style that make up great essay writing. Ask your instructors about getting some samples of papers you can review and learn from. They’ll be glad to see you’re taking the steps to do well in school.

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