Put those mediocre B-minus essays on the trash pile and level up to A-plus quality. Hopefully, with a little bit of guidance, you can successfully transition from a good writer, to a fantastic one. So put a bit of thinking into your projects, work a little harder, and don’t be afraid to try a few new strategies to turn your essay into a piece that will impress your teacher.
During your conceptualization process, come up with more than one possible direction—three or four is advisable—so that you can choose the best one. The best ideas are seldom the first, so if you go with your initial angle, your essay won’t have the benefit of being refined. Once you have your direction, write it down and relax for a while.
Grab a cup of coffee and a few books related to your topic. Relax and spend a few hours reading up on them to get your mind saturated in the direction you will be writing in. If you don’t own any books about your topic, visit the library or browse the internet. The key though is that you are comfortable and not rushed.
Writing a strongly bias argument is not nearly as effective as letting your reader form his or her own opinion. Make both sides of a case crystal clear and allow the reader to be swayed in the direction you intend.
Speaking to an expert on your topic is infinitely better than reading something about it. You’ll gain so much insight from another person’s advice, so make a list of questions and jot down their answers.
Remember to keep your notebook handy to write down any pertinent info and some plan. Your outline can be made using this structure to help you identify where talking points will be discussed.
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