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Essay Writing Tips to Boost Your Essay Grade

Your grades in college really depend a lot on the quality of your writing. Your instructors will always judge you on the quality of your essays and term papers. This is all they’ve got. They don’t always get a fair impression of all their students simply because not everyone participates in class. And even when you do participate, you don’t always shine – I know from my own experience.

So, if you need a quick boost to your grade as well as to your professor’s opinion of your intellectual abilities, here are the 5 Essay Writing Tips for a Higher GPA:

Essay Writing Tip 1. Get to the Point as early as possible.

If you know exactly what your thesis is (and you really should), present it in your very first sentence. Don’t go on forever about how interesting what you have to say is. Don’t tell a story that has little to do with your main point. Instead, just get to the point. Right away. Just say it. It will be all right. I promise.

Essay Writing Tip 2. Don’t Overuse The Phrases There Is and There Are

If you learn to write expository essays without using these phrases, your sentences will automatically become more elegant. Consider the difference:

“There are many people who want to lose weight.”

“Many people want to lose weight.”

The first one is longer; the second one – shorter and more elegant. Using There Is and There Are presents another problem, but I’ll devote a whole article to this topic in the nearest future.

Essay Writing Tip 3. Try Not to Use Fancy Words

Use only the words you know. Whenever you write a word whose meaning is not perfectly clear to you, you risk coming across as a total newbie in writing. When a fancy word you just used doesn’t quite work in a particular sentence, your professor will notice. Furthermore, he will suspect the same thing every time he encounters another fancy word in your essay. Now he will be suspicious of your vocabulary, and your grade will suffer (together with your GPA).

Essay Writing Tip 4. Write Shorter Sentences, Unless You Know Exactly What You’re Doing

This is a quick one. Just remember that the longer your sentence grows, the higher the chances that a mistake might crawl in. As a rule of thumb, when it seems like your sentence is getting a bit out of control, just split it in two. Write two short ones instead – it’s better to be plain but clear than complex and fuzzy.

Essay Writing Tip 5. Use the Active Voice – Avoid the Passive Voice

Here’s the passive voice:

“A cheeseburger was eaten by a boy.

Here’s the active voice:

“A boy ate a cheeseburger.

Use the second one.

That’s it for now. These tips are short but powerful. If you make them your own, they’ll change your writing style for the better forever, increasing your GPA instantly.