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What I Learned When Writing An Essay

In school, you write an essay for the purpose of expressing yourself, for grading and evaluation, and to let everyone know how you improved when it comes to grammar, writing, self-expression, and analytical thinking skills. Through the years I wrote countless of essay papers, some good, some bad, and some so-so. I learned what to do and what not to do when it comes to writing in general, through the essays I wrote.

Most of these are tips that are repeated time and again, but they really work. And some don'ts I learned were based on experiences. Here are some things I learned when writing an essay:


  • Do have a clear topic in mind for the essay

  • Do some planning first. It helps you to know what you really want to write about. It also serves as a guide whe pre-writing your essay.

  • Do conduct your research properly.

  • Do have a schedule if you're going to write a really long essay (a.k.a. Research or term paper).

  • Do find creative ways to write your essay. You can write without censoring yourself, draw your thoughts, brainstorm, outline, or use a song for inspiration. Whatever way, this can help.

  • Do have your essay proofread and edited. The best writing comes out with a lot of edits.


  • Don't plagiarize! This is rule number 1 in writing. Don't copy other writers' works directly or by paraphrasing.

  • Don't put off writing until the last minute to submit a lousy essay.

  • Don't get away with wrong grammar and syntax.

  • Don't ask others to write it for you. Because it's a personal project.

  • Don't forget to read the directions first before writing.

  • Don't forget to use quotations if you have to use another person's words in your writing.

  • Don't forget to cite your sources.

Follow these do's and don'ts and you can write a really good essay in the end.

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