Learn how to write that winning essay

Generally speaking, most of us resign to the fact that practising to write that winning essay for an exam is impossible.

One reason is because we cannot predict the topic we will be asked to write on. So, practising becomes tough. We also worry about not having access to notes or any other form of information at that time. So, we just wait till the moment we see the question paper to use the skills that we have accumulated over time.

However, writing essays is a skill that can be nurtured over time. Writing under exam conditions can be quite stressful and we may not be able to churn out the best essay. Practising, helps us put across our thoughts in the most comprehensive manner.

A good way to prepare is to look for topics that the students have been asked to write about in the previous years. Most problems occur, when all the thoughts and ideas gather around our head but we are unable to logically put them down on paper. Organising our thoughts and penning them down helps perfect our writing skills.

Today, most competitive exams test  candidates on their essay writing skills. Since, the writing skill speaks remarkably well about the person’s comprehension and communication skills, it is important to build on this. Essays test a person’s:
*Subject knowledge
*Skills of critical thinking and analysis
*Comprehension
*Communication skills
*The ability to logically and methodically convey thoughts and ideas to the reader.

It is therefore, quite reasonable to say that they convey an important aspect of the student to the examiner or reader.

A winning essay normally has the introduction, subject or the body of the essay and conclusion — this we are taught in the class alright. It should also get the reader involved and keep his interest till the end. A write up, that does not confuse is a good essay.

Here is a list of things one should remember while writing.
*The very first sentence should be grab the reader’s attention. This is the line that will compel the reader to read further.
*Keep it simple. Simple sentences and an easy flow of language make the reader feel part of the essay and it also conveys sound knowledge on the subject.
*Keep away from grammatical errors — especially in terms of subject-verb agreement and prepositions. An error-free work, with the right usage of words is a sure winner.
*Cover all the points in the given topic and substantiate the ideas with examples to further strengthen the essay.
*Let the essay have an easy flow and slowly head to the conclusion. The essay should not feel abrupt and leave a bad taste in the reader’s mind.
* Avoid long sentences that often leave the reader confused.
*The best essays are not necessarily long. They are the ones that convey the full meaning, even when they are short.
*Also, avoid ‘padding’ up the essay. Explaining the same thing that has already been stated will reflect on your lack of knowledge.
*Stay with the topic. Some people write everything that they know about the subject. This will only clog the essay and confuse the reader further.
*Always go back to the essay to edit it. Look for grammatical errors or any other flaw that could have been over looked.

Writing that winning essay can be easily achieved. It just needs a bit of work and thought. So, go on, and churn out the best essay you can!

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