ESSAY TIPS AND HELP   Are you struggling with a written assignment and just do not know where or how to begin? Know there is hope and help for you. Below you will find tips for starting and writing an effective essay. Essay help can also be obtained online. One site I have researched and found to be very appealing is: Not everyone is born with the talent of writing; some people just require a tad bit of help, and with today’s world of technology, that help is there for anyone needing it.   Below are some tips to help you start the writing process. For extra help or even a final check, visit the site listed above.

  1. READ OVER THE ASSIGNMENT DESCRITION carefully; make sure you are aware of and understand ALL requirements of the assigned essay and topic to be covered. For example, does the essay require research? If so, which type of research format is being requested? MLA? APA? Or another format? It is very important to know whether the essay may come from your own knowledge of if you must utilize additional sources. REMEMBER: additional sourced must be CITED, meaning you must properly give credit to those sources used. Again, if you are not sure how to complete this step, check out essay help online. If you plagiarize or copy someone else’s work, you commit a major academic crime. With the existence of online plagiarism services, it is simple for teachers, professors, employers, etc. to plug your work into any one of these online programs to check for academic dishonesty.


  1. IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO USE OUTSIDE SOURCES, a good rule of thumb is this:


*Try to cite your additional sources at least once in the middle of the paragraph in which the source is used and again at the end of the paragraph.

*Of course, if you copy anything word-for-word from any source, you are required to use quotation marks and cite that source, NO MATTER WHAT.

  1. BRAINSTORM/PRE-WRITE before you start any piece of writing. In order to organize your thoughts and ideas, you should always outline or sketch your ideas before you begin writing. Just as an architect makes a draft plan before beginning a major project, writers should jot down ideas or create a skeleton outline of the essay one plans to create.


  1. FOCUS ON THE START of your essay. A title for your work may only pop into your head halfway through your writing or even after the piece is finished. That is fine; however, all written works should feature a title, set up according to the paper guidelines provided for you. Right after your title comes the first paragraph, also known as the introduction paragraph. An introduction paragraph is key to any essay; it is the hook, the writer’s way of gaining reader interest and curiosity. Be imaginative and creative. Do not forget, however, to also include a thesis statement. Without a well-constructed thesis statement, any essay will flop. The thesis statement is the main idea of your entire work, the backbone that holds your writing together.
  1. ALL PAPERS NEED A BODY, consisting of at least 3 or more paragraphs that provide details and explain the main topic/thesis statement. Be sure to use appropriate TRANSITIONS that tie ideas together. Transitions should connect ideas within a paragraph but should also be used to move from one paragraph to another smoothly. A paper should fit together like a puzzle; there should be no disconnect from one paragraph to another. The reader should easily move through the paper without feeling lost or confused.


  1. DO NOT LOSE FOCUS as you write. Always stay on topic by referring back to your thesis statement periodically as you write. If you find yourself straying from your topic, go back and read over your thesis statement in order to remind yourself of the goal for your paper. What are you trying to prove in your writing? What do you want the reader to take away from your writing?
  1. FORMAL ESSAYS should be written using 3rd-person pronouns such as one, someone, he, she, etc. The first-person pronoun “I” and second-person pronoun “you” should not be used in formal writing. If you are writing an essay for academic purposes or employment, chances are the person requesting the work wants a formal tone, which is 3rd person. As mentioned above, read through the assignment directions, and if not clear, ask.


  1. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR FINAL COPY, have another person read, edit, and proofread your work. Often, when we check our own work, we read the words and sentences as we intended them. Thus, we often miss mistakes, even simple ones. It is always beneficial to have someone else take a look at your final work. If you are looking for professional help, visit: For a minimal amount, you will receive customized assistance that will provide you with confidence and assurance.

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