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How to write an essay like a professional


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Wondering how professionals write essays and other academic papers? Here is a short presentation on how we handle our clients' essays at APWriters

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How to write an essay like a professional

  1. 1. This is how we do it It might just work for you too . . .
  2. 2. How do our writers work?  Read and understand the question  Conduct in-depth research on the subject  Create an outline  Create a draft – cite as you go  Go through draft to make sure it captures all requirements 2
  3. 3. Contd…  Write complete paper  Review the complete paper for content  Review complete paper for citation, referencing, and formatting errors  Proofread the paper for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors  Submit paper 3
  4. 4. Read and understand the question -Happens before a case is assigned to a writer  Read all instructions  Interpret instructions  Evaluate your ability to deliver 100%  Establish whether you have access to ALL provided/requested sources  Determine if you can deliver within the given deadline 4
  5. 5. Create an outline  Outline all topics and subtopics to be covered  Start from introduction to conclusion e.g.  Introduction  Background  Body (point 1, point 2, point 3, point 4 etc.)  Conclusion  Acts as the framework of the paper 5
  6. 6. Conduct in-depth research  Locate available literature on the subject  Qualify sources for relevance, suitability and credibility  Group sources based on ideas they cover  Select sources you will cite in the paper  Make short notes and record page numbers if necessary 6
  7. 7. Create a draft – cite as you go  Use your sources and general knowledge to write a first draft  Group similar ideas together  Provide a reference for every non-obvious fact  Record page numbers & authors’ names where necessary 7
  8. 8. Evaluate Draft  Go through draft to establish the following i. All requirements/questions are addressed ii. All facts have been cited iii. All citations are REAL iv. All sources are current (published within the last 5 years) 8
  9. 9. Write Complete paper  Build on the draft  Elaborate on points and ideas as appropriate  Expand each section of the paper to the desired length  Write an abstract (if required)  Format paper correctly 9
  10. 10. Review and edit complete paper  Establish that the body of the paper captures all requirements  Ask yourself the following questions  Have I answered all questions?  Have I presented the required theories?  Have I presented the relationship between theories and the case?  Is my analysis of the case based on the theories correct?  Is my conclusion/recommendation within or outside the expected outcome? Why or why not? Please revise appropriately if your answer is a NO to any question 10
  11. 11. Proofreading  Meant to eliminate grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.  Ensures good transition from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, and point to point.  Involves:  Correcting spelling mistakes  Ensuring every word is written in correct English i.e. British or American English  Eliminating redundant words and clichés  Minimizing passive voice  Breaking long sentences into constituent statements  Inserting breathers and conjunctions where necessary  Eliminating misuse of the article “the”  Getting rid of direct translation (mostly applies to ESL speakers)  Ensure all citations are in the list of references and vice versa  Ensure the document is cited and formatted correctly: APA, MLA, Harvard, Oxford, Chicago, ASA, Turabian, Bluebook etc. 11
  12. 12. …enhance your grades  12