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  • 1. Fundamentals of Essay Writing Helpful hints and tips http://www.essayacademia.com/
  • 2. Editing
    • reconsider introduction and conclusion
    • read draft aloud, paying attention to length, variety, rhythm and coherence of sentences
    • look for wordiness; nothing hurts an essay more than empty phrases
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  • 3. Format Tips
    • all pages should have one inch margins
    • double-space everything in your paper
    • your paper MUST be stapled
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  • 4. Grammar Tips
    • don’t tell your reader what you are going to argue--just do it. Don’t write “in my paper I will argue”; of course it’s your paper and of course you will argue!
    • avoid “nothing phrases” such as:
      • “in today’s society”
      • “etc.”
      • “a lot”
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  • 5. Grammar Tips (con’t)
    • sentence fragments
    • comma usage
    • semi-colon usage
    • contractions
    • possessive constructions
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  • 6. Introductory Paragraph
    • Introduces the paper and the topic
    • Must have strong thesis statement
      • your basic answer to the question
      • sum it up in one sentence
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  • 7. Body Paragraphs
    • each needs a topic sentence
    • cannot be one sentence; a paragraph by definition is several sentences
    • cannot be excessively long
    • one topic=one paragraph
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  • 8. Argument Techniques
    • acknowledge your opposition and use their words/ arguments against them
    • avoid melodrama, excessive emotion, hostility and defensiveness
    • keep vocabulary neutral, particularly when dealing with areas that people have strong feelings about--for example, religion
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  • 9. Quoting vs. Paraphrasing
    • Quoting involves writing down a source’s exact words
    • Paraphrasing involves writing the source’s information in your own words
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  • 10. Concluding Paragraph
    • restates (and rephrases) the opening paragraph
    • broadens out and hypothesizes
    • presents a possible compromise or solution
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  • 11. Editing
    • reconsider introduction and conclusion
    • read draft aloud, paying attention to length, variety, rhythm and coherence of sentences
    http://www.essayacademia.com/
  • 12. Editing (con’t)
    • do not rely on the spellcheck
      • why not?
    • but do at least use the spellcheck
    • why the grammar check is evil
    • proofreading problems? try proofreading your work backwards
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  • 13. Editing (con’t)
    • but do at least use the spellcheck
    • why the grammar check is evil
    • do not rely on others to proofread your work
    • proofreading problems? try proofreading your work backwards
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  • 14. Final Points
    • Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
    • review assignment to make sure you’ve met all requirements
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