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Mastering the Skills of Effective Writing (Part 2)

February 28, 2017

Some people do not find it difficult to write perfect essays. However, for most of us, effective writing is associated with spending many hours on gathering information, synthesizing it, and presenting the ideas on paper. This guide will teach you how to create flawless essays without investing a lot of efforts in the process of writing. All you need to do is to practice the tips provided below.

Another Strategy of Effective Writing: Taking Notes

When it comes to planning and completing your essay, it is recommended to have the notes from the sources you have at hand. If you usually do not write down important details when doing preliminary research, it is high time to develop this habit. Taking notes will save your time when you decide to use the evidence from the sources in your paper. It is also a good idea to use different colors when typing notes from different sources. In addition, it is advisable to summarize the source as you read it and mention whether you agree with the author’s points.

How to Improve Your Essay Writing Quickly (part 2)

How to Use the Notes?

Using your notes in an effective manner will help you to build a strong plan of your essay. Follow these steps to see how it works.

  1. Reread your notes and highlight the most important ideas that suit the best to the topic you are going to discuss. Then, organize these ideas into sections.
  2. Look through the highlighted ideas and think of the conclusion of your essay. Deciding on how you want to finalize your essay will help you to build stronger arguments to defend your points.
  3. Look for the links among the points and decide on the arguments that will work the best for your essay. This will make up the skeleton of your future paper.
  4. Begin to fill in the skeleton with the information taken from the notes, complementing them with the ideas that come to your mind. In case you are writing a paper in Literature, it is important to include a thorough analysis of the literary passages.
  5. Add details to your skeleton until you have a rough draft written in bullet points. Reread the draft and make sure each paragraph answers the essay’s primary question.
  6. Ask someone to have a quick glance on your writing and check whether your draft is completed properly.

These steps may not seem easy. Indeed, it will take around 3 hours to turn your notes into a rough draft if you plan to write at least a 1500-word paper. On the other hand, when you master this part of essay writing, even the most difficult assignments will seem easy to you.


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