How to Write an Introduction

Certainly, every essay must include an opening paragraph, and this is your introduction. It plays an important role in drawing the reader’s attention to what your essay will discuss. Writing the introduction can seem difficult because you might feel that you need to take a long time to sit and think about what initial word or sentence you should use. A concise, coherent and well-organised introduction can give the reader a positive initial impression of your work. In contrast, a vague, disorganised or grammatically incorrect introduction can lower the reader’s interest as well as your grades! The introduction paragraph of an essay provides the reader with overall information on the topic that the essay will discuss. In academic writing, a …

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How to Write Your First Draft

After researching and arranging your information and topic sentence in an organised way, it is time for you to present your ideas or arguments in an essay. The most difficult process for many students is writing the first draft. How do you put all ideas into your first draft comprehensively and relevantly? Many times, you may find yourself sitting and facing a blank screen for a long time, not knowing where to start, and end up with nothing. It would be helpful if you have answers for the following questions before you start writing your first draft: 1. What is your answer to the essay question? 2. What main points will you discuss in order to support your argument? 3. …

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Time Management and Motivation

When studying at school or university, you will normally be enrolled in more than one subject or course each semester. The busiest and most stressful time of a semester is when examinations and assignment deadlines are approaching, usually all at the same time! But you can easily reduce this stress or even avoid this situation with good time management and motivation. The first thing you should have in order to organise your time is a schedule. It is not easy to remember everything without putting it down onto your schedule or planner. You may need to find a paper planner, which you can buy from a bookstore or download from a website. Or, you can make your own D.I.Y planner. …

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How to Write an Essay Plan: An Example

Before you start writing your essay, it is important that you plan it. Below is an example of what an essay plan should look like (including explanations and tips), and how much detail it should contain. You can use this as a guide for your essay plans. Essay Question: Was the Russian Revolution a genuine revolution or was it a coup? Word Limit: 2,000 words Introduction (10% of word limit): 200 words Introductions should never be longer than 500 words, so this 10% guide only applies to essays shorter than 5,000 words. To be considered an Introduction, an Introduction must do two things: Answer the question – It was a genuine revolution. This must be done first. An Introduction must …

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Academic Writing: Some General Guidelines

Have you ever been told that your writing style is not academic or that it is too informal?   Are you unsure what rules to follow, what you can do and what you should not do?   Formality   Academic writing needs to be formal and impersonal. This means that your writing should be clear, concise and professional. It needs to follow certain rules (such as those outlined below) in order to ensure that it meets academic standards. Supported by evidence The most significant difference between academic and non-academic writing is that academic writing puts forward arguments and ideas that are supported by evidence, most often in the form of citing other research or studies. Learning how to reference correctly …

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Why Consider Academic Publication?

Two aims of academic publication are to exchange ideas and to disseminate research findings. So, as a researcher, do you feel that you have a contribution to make to the literature? Something original or novel to reveal to the world? Or perhaps you have solved a current problem in your field or want to discuss a new development on a ‘hot’ topic? Whatever the case, ask yourself the following before you consider publishing: How significant is your work? Does it add to the current knowledge on the topic? How certain are you of your theories and findings? Unless you can answer these questions, your work may come across as being trivial, or worse, irrelevant. Their career goals also motivate researchers to get …

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