Unlike tests, essays do not imply a multiple-choice format (when you are given a choice of multiple answers). Writing an essay is not limited in time, you can rewrite it many times, ask your friends to read your essay. Take advantage of all the opportunities and try to avoid common mistakes.
- Bad check.
Do not think that you can only check the spelling. Reread your essays and make sure that there are no ambiguous expressions, unsuccessful turns, etc. Examples that you should not “take note”:
“I am proud to be able to resist the use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.”
“Working in your company (organization), located in a wonderful place, where there is a lot of Gothic architecture, will be a fascinating problem for me.”
- Tired forewords. Insufficient number of parts.
Too often, an interesting essay loses in what is an enumeration of statements without illustrating them with examples. The essays are characterized by the usual clichés: the importance of hard work and perseverance, learning from mistakes, and so on.
Essays are limited to a certain number of words, so you need to intelligently dispose of this volume. Sometimes this means giving up ideas or details, especially if they have already been mentioned somewhere or are not directly related to the case. Such things only distract the attention of the reader (listener) and obscure the main topic of the essay.
- Long phrases.
The longer the proposal, the better – some say so. However, this is far from the truth. Long phrases do not yet prove the author’s correctness, and short sentences often produce a greater effect. Best of all, when in an essay the long phrases alternate with short ones. Try to read the essay aloud. If you feel that you are catching your breath, break the paragraph into smaller paragraphs.
When you are done writing an essay, do this exercise. Assign each letter a letter: either S (short), or M (medium), or L (long). S – Less than 10 words, M – less than 20 words, L – 20 or more words.
The correct essay has the following or similar order of letters – MSMLM S.
An incorrect essay characterizes such a sequence of letters – SSSMLL L.
- Do not overload the essay.
When writing an essay, discard words from encyclopedias. Incorrect use of such words distracts the attention of the reader, diminishes the importance of the essay