1. Make a glossary of terms

This is an interesting approach to essay writing. First, choose a topic and write your main thesis. The thesis is the main argument in your essay. For example, if you are writing about reading, your thesis might look like this: “Reading makes you smarter”.

Now that you have your thesis, think about the main topic of the essay and find vocabulary that relates to it in different ways. Then add words to your list that are only indirectly related to your topic.

For the example above, such a vocabulary list might include the following words: “books,” “reading,” and “intelligent”. Other words that are indirectly related to the topic - for example, “Harry Potter”, “reading by a fire” and “test scores”.

This activity will help you expand your vocabulary. Not right away, of course, but it will help. By using all these words in the essay, you will also make it more colorful and lively.

2. Pretend you are a reporter

When you first get your essay topic, do your best to research the materials for your thesis. Ask questions. Show curiosity. The more questions you ask before you start writing, the more information you can use in your essay.

A good essay is an essay that covers several topics succinctly and concisely. By acting like a reporter, you will have quotes, sources, and vocabulary to help you get started writing.

For example, if you are writing about a new diet, you might ask questions such as "Who is the best fit for this diet?", "How to start this diet?" and "What's the hardest part of the diet?"

3. Come up with introductory sentences

An introductory clause is the first sentence of a paragraph and briefly describes the meaning of the entire paragraph. You can write such sentences first so as not to get lost in the mainstream while writing an essay.

For the thesis “Reading makes you smarter”, the introductory sentence of one of the paragraphs might be: “Newspapers make you more aware of current events”. Another introductory sentence might sound like: “Reading plays and classic literature will make you more cultured”.

If you are writing about the three major problems facing modern writers, you can write three complete sentences, each describing one problem. Put these notes aside. Then, when you start writing your essay, go back to your introductory sentences to create a coherent structure that starts with point 1 and ends with point 3.

4. Find arguments for both points of view

If you need to write a more complex essay, try to outline both points of view on the topic before you start writing. As you write your essay, you will need to focus on one line of reasoning. However, as you prepare, it will help you to create a coherent list of arguments that will help support your thesis.

Plus, arguing for the opposite point of view will help you understand which points in your essay need to be better articulated. You will learn more about your topic and find more vocabulary to enrich your essay.

For example, suppose you have an essay arguing that people should drink less coffee. To see a problem from both sides, you need to think about the opposite point of view: the benefits of coffee. How can people quit if they have a coffee addiction? What about the antioxidants found in coffee? Aren't they helpful? Research the topic as a whole (both points of view) in detail before writing.

5. Read sentences from the end

Using correct grammar is sometimes difficult, even for fluent English speakers. In fact, you even have an advantage here because you are learning English. Many native speakers have memorized the wrong grammar since childhood. It is very difficult to relearn if you have written with mistakes all your life!

While you are learning English, take the practice of grammar and correct sentence structures seriously. One way to spot mistakes in your writing is to read sentences from the end (start with the last word and work your way up to the first). This way you won't be fooled by the way the words sound in your head.

Is everything in the correct grammatical tense (past, present, future, etc.)? If you are writing about plural forms, are possessive nouns plural? Are the apostrophes correct? Do all sentences end with punctuation marks (period, interrogative, exclamation)? When you read sentences from the end, you concentrate on the grammar rules, not the sentence itself.

6. Use online thesauri and dictionaries

You've probably already learned a lot of interesting vocabulary while preparing for the entrance exams. But, before you start using these vocabulary in academic essays, you need to know exactly what they mean in the context of your essay. A dictionary is very useful for this.

The thesaurus is another useful essay writing tool. In the thesaurus, you will find many synonyms, that is, words with a similar or the same meaning as the word you are looking for. This is important because it can add dimension to your essay and increase the impression of your words.

For example, you are writing about cooking, and then the words “stir” and “add” may appear too often. Your readers will get bored with these repetitions pretty quickly.

So, instead of constantly writing “Add the tomato” and “add the eggs”, work through the thesaurus and look for phrases like “whisk in the eggs” or “gently fold in the tomatoes”. Do you feel the difference? These sentences sound much better and show that you are interested in what you are writing about.

A visual thesaurus is a site that serves the same purpose as a regular thesaurus, but it also shows how words are related. For example, if you enter the word “stir”, you will immediately see a whole circle of other words that are connected with the word “stir” by lines. Here you can click on any word in the circle (like “move” in our case) and then see all the words associated with that word. So you will quickly find and learn new words, and it's also fun!

7. Combine and split sentences

Once you've written your essay, go back to your text and look for sentences that seem too long or overwhelming. Break them down into two or more sentences.

For example, the following sentence is too long and, as a result, incomprehensible:

If you want to write in another language, you need to practice writing in creative ways, like writing on a blog, writing fun poems or texting a friend who speaks the language you’re learning every day.

It can be broken down into two more understandable sentences (in the smaller one, the word “writing” is used less often):

If you want to write in another language, you need to practice in creative ways every day. For example, you could start a blog, create fun poems or text a friend.

Do the opposite - with sentences that are too short.

Also look for sentences that are very closely related in meaning. If two sentences express two related thoughts, you can combine them into one using a semicolon (;).

For example, the following sentences are closely related:

Learning to write in another language can be really difficult, especially when you’re first getting started. That's why it helps to practice every day.

That's why you can write it like this:

Learning to write in another language can be really difficult, especially when you’re first getting started; daily practice is helpful.

8. Ask a native speaker to edit your essay

Make a deal with a friend who is fluent in English (or at least knows him better than you). This person can edit your essay and point out recurring mistakes.

If you find errors that are often repeated, you can track them every time you write an essay. They can also point out grammar and spelling mistakes that you may have missed.

If you don't have friends who know English well, you can use lang-8.com. Lang-8 is a free site where native English speakers will correct your spelling mistakes. In return, you will correct the mistakes of those who write in your own language.

9. Review the entire essay with your friend, then rewrite it

Once you and your friend have checked the essay and flagged any errors, rewrite the essay. This is an important step. Just marking your mistakes will not help you avoid them in the future.

By rewriting your essay, keeping all the corrections in mind, you will learn how to write these things correctly. You will remember where to use the correct grammar or how to spell different words. So you will most likely write similar things correctly in the future.

10. Use online applications

Finally, there are great online resources to help you learn how to write an essay. For example, the Hemingway Editor can scan your document and find any overloaded words or confusing sentences. Then they can be rewritten to make them easier to understand.

You can also head over to the Essay Punch site to find more resources, tools, and support to help improve your essay writing skills. The Grammar Book is a great resource for practicing grammar and spelling.

The biggest tip in this article is to improve your skills gradually. If you want a professional look at more serious essays, you can also use Scribendi. Scribendi is an online essay samples resource; here you will be helped with academic essays and admissions essays. If you are entering a school or writing an important work, you can use the services of this service so that your work is as good as possible.

Learning a foreign language is a very ambitious and difficult project. There are so many little things to know and the process takes a lot of time and effort. But with practice and hard study, your skills will improve.

It takes even more effort to learn how to write well in English, and these tips will get you started.

I hope you find one or two tips to help you improve your essay writing skills. Over time, try to use all of these strategies (or at least more than one) during your writing. Good luck!

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