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.
In an academic context, writing is unfortunately most likely to be done to earn good grades. The most common writing assignment is the essay. There are many varieties you may be asked to compile however one that is often done poorly is the ‘compare and contrast’. You need not suffer low marks due to your inability to conquer this particular beast. Here are a few tips you can use instead to get better at thinking and writing in that format.
Finding these may be a bit difficult at first but the rewards that this action reaps are quite plentiful. Ask you parents, siblings, extended family and unrelated loved ones if they have any sample essays with an emphasis on comparison. Keep asking around until you come across enough of them to really dig into and pick a style out of.
From your exploration of other writers’ work you should have noticed several things. One of these things is that some ideas were well thought out and investigated while others were less so. This may not be entirely the fault of the writer. Sometimes the topic choice is so poor that very little can be done about it. Make sure that you bear this in mind and brainstorm for as long as it takes you to find an idea you can comfortably explore.
There is very little point to expressing your personal views without any reference to evidence that another objective person can understand. This is especially true in cases where the comparison you are making in your point is not one that is often thought of or discussed.
Before you even start your essay you should be adept at spotting things that are similar in unexpected ways. You need to be able analyze at a very deep level. If two things appear alike you need to find the aspect that makes them most different and consider its significance.
This step is not absolutely necessary but it can be a time saver if you need to obey the rules of a writing style that you do not fully understand. Check online sources. At least one should suit you and most will be free. You can even let a teacher recommend one.
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