Suggestions on how to avoid mistakes in your essay

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When you are writing the rough draft for your essay, you will make some small mistakes. You want to make sure that you proofread and edit your essay to ensure that you don’t hand it in with a lot of mistakes. There are some ways to avoid common mistakes.

There are a lot of different ways to lose unnecessary points for mistakes. You can work very hard to find some great evidence to prove a point. You can write every sentence with perfection and excellence. You can have a great topic that is interesting. Even with everything done perfectly, if you make some silly mistakes, you can still fall short.

Organization

An essay that lacks organization is not effective. In order to make sure that you create an organized paper, you would want to create an outline first. That will help you make sure that you have chosen to present the supporting evidence in a logical manner. The supporting ideas can be aligned with the major topics.

Don’t rush through your introduction and conclusion

These are very important parts of the paper and you want to make sure that you take your time. You want to put a lot of thought into these sections of the paper. The introduction needs to pull the reader in and the conclusion is the last impression. Don’t make these common mistakes when you are writing your essay. You don’t want to lose points for pointless mistakes.

Format the essay

You may be required to write your essay in a certain format. You would have to make sure that you follow the proper formatting so that you won’t lose unnecessary points. The format is designed mostly to make sure that everyone is graded solely on their writing and not on how they format their paper.

Word count or page count

You want to make sure that you write enough to meet the word requirement or the page requirement. There is no reason to loose points for this mistake. If you are struggling to meet the requirements, you should read through each sentence and see if you can explain the sentence or add to it. You may find when you are reading through the paper that you have not explained some of your ideas. By adding supporting explanations, you are improving your essay and getting you closer to reaching your requirements. Don’t just add information. You want to make sure that you add value to your paper and not just words. Read through your paper to see if you can add any back ground information as well.

Spelling

Spelling errors are one of the most common mistakes that writers make. They especially use the wrong spelling of certain words like “there”, “they’re”, and “their” and “its” and “it’s”. Be sure to check the words that have more than one spelling to make sure that you took the right one.

Grammar

The next thing to check is if there are any grammatical errors. Most of the grammatical errors can be found if you read the essay out loud. You read slower when you are reading out loud. Read through your paper several times to catch any errors in grammar.

Tangents

Every sentence should be written for the purpose of explaining the thesis statement. One of the common mistakes is when an author adds additional information to their paper that relates to the topic but does not relate to the thesis. You should read through your paper and see if every sentence proves the thesis.



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