Essay Writing Help

Essay writing help If you require some essay writing help, I would say essay writing is similar to a blooming flower. If you prepare the ground well and do not rush it, it can turn into a beautiful piece that is a pleasure to read. In general, there are a few rules to follow for good academic writing.

Academic writing style

You should always write your essays in a formal style. If you require essay writing help, firstly avoid these easy mistakes:

clichés (“these are figures of speeches we use in everyday conversation, not to be used in academic writing”)
contradictions (“do not say you like an argument, to then criticise it later”)
writing that sound like speech (“this looks fantastic”)
subjective descriptions (“this beautiful sculpture”)
Use the first person “I” only where appropriate (e.g. when writing up your own experience or professional case study). Where possible use the third person, for example “It can be argued”instead of “I think”

Use plain English – you do not have to look for a more “academic-sounding” word when a simple one will suffice. Markers are looking for clear and accurate expression of ideas, not jargon or confusing language. Shorter sentences are usually clearer than long complex ones, but make sure it is a whole sentence and not just a clause or phrase. 

Combine evidence with your own ideas

Your argument is your reasoned answer to the essay question, supported by evidence. The books, articles, and research material that you read for your essay provide this evidence to back up your points. The way in which you select and interpret the evidence, and explain why it answers the question, is where you demonstrate your own thinking.

For each point that you make in your essay, you need to support it with evidence. There are many different kinds of evidence, and the type you use will depend on what is suitable for your subject and what the essay question is asking you to do.

For example, you might back up a point using a theory (one kind of evidence) then show how this theory applies to a specific example in real life (another kind of evidence).

A model for a paragraph that includes evidence and your own ideas:

Introduce your point (your own words)
Add the evidence to support your point (quoted or paraphrased evidence that needs to be referenced)
Explain how and why this evidence supports your point and what you think of it (your own interpretation and critical thinking)
Explain how the point helps answer the question (your own argument)
As you get more experienced with essay writing, you will want to adapt this model to suit the structure and shape of your ideas.

Critical analysis

If you still require essay writing help, critical analysis is a key skill for writing essays at university; it allows you to assess the various ideas and information that you read, and decide whether you want to use them to support your points.

It is not a mysterious skill that is only available to advanced students; it is something we do everyday when assessing the information around us and making reasoned decisions, for example whether to believe the claims made in TV adverts. Nor does it always mean disagreeing with something you also need to be able to explain why you agree with arguments.

Critical analysis involves:

Carefully considering an idea and weighing up the evidence supporting it to see if it is convincing.
Then being able to explain why you find the evidence convincing or unconvincing.
It helps if you ask yourself a series of questions about the material you are reading. Try using these questions to help you think critically:

Who is the author and what is their viewpoint or bias?
Who is the audience and how does that influence the way information is presented?
What is the main message of the text?
What evidence has been used to support this main message?
Is the evidence convincing; are there any counter-arguments?
Do I agree with the text and why do I agree or disagree?
Some ways to get more critical analysis into your essays

Avoid unnecessary description – only include general background details and history when they add to your argument, e.g. to show a crucial cause and effect. Practice distinguishing between description (telling what happened) and analysis (judging why something happened).

Interpret your evidence – explain how and why your evidence supports your point. Interpretation is an important part of critical analysis, and you should not just rely on the evidence “speaking for itself”.

Be specific – avoid making sweeping generalisations or points that are difficult to support with specific evidence. It is better to be more measured and tie your argument to precise examples or case studies.

Use counter-arguments to your advantage – if you find viewpoints that go against your own argument, don’t ignore them. It strengthens an argument to include an opposing viewpoint and explain why it is not as convincing as your own line of reasoning.

Editing and proofreading

Before you obtain essay writing help, it’s worth taking some time to check it over. Markers often comment that more time spent on editing and proofreading could have really made a difference to the final mark.

Editing

Editing involves checking whether all your points are in the right order and that they are all relevant to the question.

Be critical of your own writing – if the writing goes in a different direction to the point you are making, delete it. You will get many more marks for showing you can answer the question than you will for an unordered list of everything you know about a topic.

Put yourself in the reader’s position – can they follow the points you are making clearly? You know what you are trying to say, but will your reader? Are there gaps in your reasoning to be explained or filled?

Proofreading

Identifying your own mistakes and correcting them is an important part of academic writing: this is what you do when you proofread.

Ideally leave a day between finishing your essay and proofreading it. You won’t be so close to your work, so you will see your errors more easily. Try reading your essay aloud, as this will slow you down, make you focus on each word, and show you when your sentences are too long.

It can help to have a friend read through your work but developing your own proofreading skills is better. Your friend won’t always be available!

Also check that all your references are complete and accurate. If after all this, you still require essay writing help please add contact us below.

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