Do you struggle to write college essays? If so, you aren’t alone my friend! When writing an essay, there are a lot of things that you have to keep in mind! Things like the professor’s requirements, what you’re going to cover, and how to even get started are all important factors! If writing college papers is something that you struggle with, then this post is exactly what you need! In this post, I am going to teach you my six point checklist for writing an A+ college paper. It’s not as hard as you think it is, trust me!
1. Understand requirements
First things first, you have to understand what the professor is wanting from you. If you don’t meet the professor’s requirements, you automatically have a slim chance of getting the score that you want. In order to find the requirements, I would suggest that you pull out your class syllabus (remember that from day one?). This is where many professors list the instructions for each assignment. If you don’t see the instructions listed here, don’t hesitate to speak up in class! You know the saying..”If you have a question about it someone else probably does too?”, it’s true! Make sure that you understand the formatting (font, double-spaced, etc.) and the length that your professor expects.
2. Choose your specific topic
The second thing that you need to do is to choose a specific topic. Sometimes this may be chosen for you based on the assignment. Other times, however, you may be given a general topic and be asked to choose something more specific to that topic. Before you choose this, I want you to do research so that you will have plenty of information to cover. I would suggest having three to five sources. By doing your research before you officially choose your final topic, you will make sure there is plenty of information for you to discuss and that you are actually interested in what you are talking about!
3. Create an outline
Once you have done research and have chosen your topic, it’s time for you to create a rough outline. This will help you layout a few big points that you want (or are required) to cover. Usually, these are your main paragraphs. To help give you plenty to talk about under each paragraph, I want you to also write at least three sub-points under each of these main points. This will help you avoid procrastination and will help you have ideas for what to say so you don’t end up staring at a blank piece of paper for hours.
4. Find a quiet workspace
Now that you have chosen your topic, done your research, and outlined your paper, I want you to find a nice, quiet workspace. This can be anywhere from your desk, the library, etc. Make sure that you don’t have too much on your desk! Otherwise, you could get distracted easily! Grab your headphones and turn on classical music to help you tune out any other distractions. Make sure that you have everything that you will need for this paper handy. This way you won’t have to get up in the middle of your typing to find it.
5. Get to work
Now that you have everything ready, you can start actually writing your paper! Remember to refer to your sources throughout your writing, but make sure that you turn every sentence structure and idea into your own words! This way you will completely avoid plagiarizing! This is extremely important! Professors can use websites like Turnitin to catch anyone who is plagiarizing (on purpose or not)!
6. Review your work
Once you have your paper written, it’s time to spell check it! I would suggest you do this by reading through it yourself, asking a friend, and using Grammarly. You and your friend will be able to make sure that everything flows well and makes sense. Grammarly will help point out any punctuation errors that you may have missed! Last but not least, I want you to refer back to the instructions and make sure that your essay covers what the professor required! After this, you’re all done and can officially turn it in!
I hope that this post helps you write your next paper! If you follow these tips, I know you will make a grade that you are proud of! Want to keep these steps handy? Sign up below to grab our bonus essay writing checklist!
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