HOW TO WRITE AN ESSAY

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For all of you facing end-of-semester essays…

…let me explain you a thing.

Everything you’ve been taught- thesis and citations and whatnot- still apply. But here’s what I do when I approach a paper, which I find it very helpful, and I hope you do too.

{ THERE’S LITERALLY ONLY FOUR THINGS UNDER THE CUT SO DON’T YOU USE THAT READ MORE AS AN EXCUSE TO SCROLL }

  1. Actually read, or do as much as you possibly can, to familiarize yourself with the background. Our example will be a book: I highly recommend actually reading it but hey- we all have a rough time, and trust me, we all slack off too. But if you find yourself unable to actually read said thing, read the first and last paragraphs of each chapter… though I’d recommend each page. And read as much about it as you most possibly can.
  2. Write about what you’re passionate about. Take what makes you the most angry, or even what gives you the most feels, and write about it. But if the teacher chooses the topic, you’re going to have to work yourself into it. Dive in and go looking for what makes you the most passionate.
  3. Write tags. We’ve all seen those soul-crushing tags on gifsets of our favourite shows, those observations and their interpretations of characters we thought we knew everything about… those are essays. They’re just not in academic form. Start your paper by getting your head into the tagging mindset and then write. You can fill in smartish things and in-text citations later.
  4. Edit last. Get everything written first, take a break to collect and create your works cited, and then dive back in to smooth everything out.

And always remember- no matter what happens, you are not a number. Grades will never define who you are.

Best of luck to all of you!

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    Excellent advice from the absolutely excellent aro-rusco
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