The way college instructors teach is probably different from what you experienced in high school, and so is what they expect from you. You can do very well in high school by studying hard and memorizing a lot of facts.
Although college instructors still expect you to know the facts, they really care about how you analyze and interpret those facts and why you think those facts matter. Students learn in high school that their introduction should begin with something general. For more on this subject, see our handout on introductions.
Five-paragraph essays often lack an argument. Because college courses focus on analyzing and interpreting rather than on memorizing, college instructors expect writers not only to know the facts but also to make an argument about the facts. The best five-paragraph essays may do this. Five-paragraph essays are often repetitive. Most of us can remember an introduction and three body paragraphs without a repetitive summary at the end to help us out. Read your favorite newspaper or magazine; look through the readings your professors assign you; listen to political speeches or sermons.
Can you find anything that looks or sounds like a five-paragraph essay? Write the essay Once you are satisfied with your essay in outline format, begin writing! By now you know exactly what you will write about and how you want to tell the story. So hop on a computer and get to it. Try to just let yourself bang out a rough draft without going back to change anything.
Then go back and revise, revise, revise. Before you know it, you will have told the story you outlined—and reached the necessary word count—and you will be happy you spent all that time preparing! Start with your main idea, and follow it from beginning to end.
Be specific. Be yourself. Bring something new to the table, not just what you think they want to hear. Use humor if appropriate. Be concise. Try to only include the information that is absolutely necessary. Proofread The last step is editing and proofreading your finished essay. You have worked so hard up until this point, and while you might be relieved, remember: your essay is only as good as your editing.
A single grammatical error or typo could indicate carelessness—not a trait you want to convey to a college admission officer. Give yourself some time. Let your essay sit for a while at least an hour or two before you proofread it. Whatever the mission of the essay, make sure that you are interested in your topic.
Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas. In order to write a successful essay, you must organize your thoughts. This structure serves as a foundation for your paper.
Use either an outline or a diagram to jot down your ideas and organize them. To create a diagram, write your topic in the middle of your page. Draw three to five lines branching off from this topic and write down your main ideas at the ends of these lines. Draw more lines off these main ideas and include any thoughts you may have on these ideas.
If you prefer to create an outline, write your topic at the top of the page. From there, begin to list your main ideas, leaving space under each one. In this space, make sure to list other smaller ideas that relate to each main idea.
Doing this will allow you to see connections and will help you to write a more organized essay. Write your thesis statement. Now that you have chosen a topic and sorted your ideas into relevant categories, you must create a thesis statement. Never leave ideas you use uncredited. Cite every source you use, both in text and in the end page. Formatting rules are easily found in formatting samples on the web. Writing final paper. After drafting just let the paper sit aside for about 20 minutes and see if there are any inconsistencies or omitted things.
Mind that one debatable point from the thesis may be covered in 1 paragraph, but it may take 3 to 4 paragraphs as well in big papers.
Change some wording or remove something if necessary. Just try to keep within word count limits. Checking carefully. Absolute must. No spell checker can fix auto-correction replacements that are normal in general but bluntly wrong in the given context. Click the Align Left icon or, from the menu bar, select Format and Paragraph, select the Indents and Spacing tab, and change Alignment to left.
Select Format from the menu bar and Paragraph. In the Indents and Spacing section, click Special and then click Hanging. Type your first works cited entry in the MLA format. Remove the hypertext from the Internet address. Please note that the Internet address is not underlined in the above example. However, if your MS Word AutoCorrect option is in the default setting, when you type an Internet address or paste an Internet address into your document and then press the spacebar, the address will become a hypertext link.
This is useful if you are writing a document and want to send the file to someone as an email attachment. Then the person can open the document and read it on the computer screen and click the link to connect to the Internet address.
Essay maps are not concerned with paragraphs so much as with sections of an essay. It helps you focus your writing and avoid writing blocks. They covered the precious mahogany coffin with a brown amalgam of rocks, decomposed organisms, and weeds. Make sure that sentence flow is smooth and add phrases to help connect thoughts or ideas.