Overall, the paper should demonstrate a command of the writing process and the author’s care in crafting it.
Avoid errors of spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, verb tense, and vocabulary, such as the following: (author unkown) If you are doing an essay that involves researching or you quote anyone in your essay, then you need to cite your sources.
After the lengthy break (for example, the next day), go back and edit more. (This is why it is important to start working on your essay far in advance!
) Also, don’t be afraid to just type without thinking too much about whether it’s any good. Many people find it best to just sit down and write a lot without much reflection.
You can divide your paper into three main sections: For the introduction section, you will need to do two things: introduce your topic and provide a thesis statement.
Typically, these two tasks should be accomplished using only one paragraph for a short paper, but can be longer for longer papers. The introductory paragraph(s) should briefly orient the reader to the topic and provide a conceptual map of the rest of the paper. Make sure your thesis statement is clear, specific, declarative, and on-topic.
(Some instructors, like me, even think that summary sections are unnecessary for short papers.) It’s a good idea to put these sections titles in as headings in your paper to organize and break things up for yourself and your reader.
If your instructor doesn’t want headings in your paper, just take them out before you print it to turn it in.
It is also helpful for long papers to put in additional headings, perhaps even sub-headings, to break up the body section (such as “First Argument,” “Second Argument,” and so on).
Familiarize yourself with the material before you begin writing.