The Essay

In pretty much any program you go into in university, at some point or another, you will have to write an essay. Some people are good at writing essays. I am actually a person who enjoys writing them. They can be a challenge, but when I have all my research done and a great thesis to prove, there are actually few things I like better. Well, school-wise anyway. There are a LOT of non-school related things that I would prefer.

Then there are the poor unfortunate souls who hate writing essays, or are not good at writing them. I feel so sad for you. Whenever we get an essay assigned, there is this general collective moan from all the people who just never got how to write them. They either don’t understand the format, or how to cite or something. But whatever their reasons, they just really don’t like essays.

Essays, however, are an important thing to be at least decent at. Not just because you’ll have to write them throughout your school career, but also because they teach you something VERY important for life. Yes, you might not write essays once you leave school, but here is what they will do for you:

They teach you how to make an unstoppable argument.

That is the point of an essay anyways; you are presenting a point of view or argument to your target audience, but instead of just stating your opinion (though some essays do allow that) you have to back everything up with reputable facts. This is an important lesson for everything in life – opinions on anything should always be well-informed. If you aren’t informed at least a little bit on the subject, does it really count as an opinion or is it just an assumption? That’s a question for you philosophy students out there.

Anyways, I thought online casino that I might be able to provide some useful tips that I always use, for those of you who don’t like essays, so here are just a few ways to juice up your writing skills for your university essays:

Have a good thesis. This one seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people do forget about how important a thesis is. The rule of an essay is that, in your introductory paragraph, you tell them what you’re going to tell them. Then in your body, you tell them all your information and research and such, and then in the conclusion, you tell them what you told them. It follows the rule of “three times’ the charm,” and your thesis is the initial telling. Someone should be able to read just your thesis and from that alone get what you are going to say in your essay.

  • Find an angle. When it comes to written assignments, there is generally a little bit of leeway when it comes to your topic, mostly because the profs don’t want to read the same essay over and over again. This means that, no matter the parameters of the assignment, and no matter the subject, I give you a 90% chance that you can find some way to write about something that really interests you. For example, for my latest essay, I had to compare some point made in Aristotle’s book, Poetics, to a play. To make things more enjoyable for myself, I chose to compare it to my all-time favourite play, Cyrano de Bergerac (it’s awesome, you should read/see it).
  • Cite properly. Due to plagiarism, most profs will make you submit your work online, so they can run it through a plagiarism checker, but this doesn’t screen everything. So I don’t know about you, but the rule with my teachers is that if you do not cite properly, you are automatically charged with academic fraud. So cite properly, and make sure to ask your teacher if they want IN TEXT CITATIONS, or FOOTNOTES. There is a difference and you need to know it. Check the MLA guide and it explains it quite clearly (I could write a whole blog, just on citing, I swear).
  • ASK YOUR PROFESSOR ANYTHING YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE ASSIGNMENT. I can’t stress it enough. Just throw them an email and don’t sound whiny or dumb, and they are more than glad to answer you. Heck, it’s what they’re THERE for, right?

So don’t stress guys. Yeah, essays take time (pulled an official all-nighter to finish my latest essay) but they’re worth it, and once you get good, they can actually be enjoyable. Take it as learning how to make real solid arguments, and it actually clears up a lot of things. Plus, won’t it be fun when you can make a great point in a debate and your opponent actually has to go do their own research, just to try and make a point back? It’s a great feeling.

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