It's very easy to write an essay but not so easy to write a strong one. A strong essay has a number of characteristics or qualities. Some of the important ones are as follows.
The thesis statement is the one single sentence in every strong essay which tells you everything in a nutshell. It asks a question which you will answer in the essay or it makes a statement which you will prove in the essay. If you get the thesis statement right in terms of clarity and brevity, you set yourself up to write what can only be a strong essay. Sadly the opposite is true. If you don't get your thesis statement right the rest of what follows will certainly not attract a quality score. Look at successful essays and consider the thesis statement. See how it drives the content of the essay.
When it comes to writing a strong essay you do not need to reinvent the wheel. The basic structure of every strong essay involves three sections -- an introduction, body paragraphs and the conclusion. If you use that structure and of course if you write well, you have given yourself an outstanding chance to write a strong essay. The person who is reading your essay or the person who will mark your essay is expecting you to use the traditional structure. As the old adage goes, if it ain't broke don't fix it. You will write a strong essay if you use a well-known and often used structure.
But then we come to the proofreading and editing of your essay. If you fail to do this part of the task properly, no matter how strong your writing might be, the essay will fail or get a much lower score. Many a teacher and professor becomes despondent when they see the natural talent and the hard work of a student who has produced what otherwise would be an excellent essay or a strong essay downgraded because they failed to pay attention to their proofreading and editing. There are many articles and videos on the importance of editing and proofreading which demonstrate practical ways to go about it. There is no excuse for you not knowing how and what to do. There are simple suggestions such as reading aloud your finished work. It's easy to use the built-in software technology to assist with spelling and grammar.
But serious attention must be given to such things as the clarity of the writing and the avoidance of repetition. Just because you've finished the essay does not make it strong. In fact sometimes an essay becomes much stronger because of the attention to detail as far as editing and proofreading are concerned. Writing a strong essay is a process. Follow the prompts and make it happen.
With certain teachers and professors and with certain essays a particular format will be required. If this is the case, it doesn't matter how well you write the essay, unless the presentation is appropriate it will not be strong. A strong essay is one which is well-researched, well-written and which adheres to the rules and regulations. Does it address the thesis statement? Does it stick to the topic? Does it contain the right amount of words? And is it presented in the appropriate format? All of these things are ingredients of a strong essay.
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