Academic writing styles | Articles | University of GreenwichThere are a few things to remember when writing your essay for colleges you are submitting applications to. There are do’s and don’s that you must keep in mind. Knowing these things can mean the difference between getting denied or accepted to your favorite college.

Read the question. Know from the start how long your essay is supposed to take you, the expected word count and any other instructions. Make sure that if a specific font or word size is specified that you use it, and keep the word count in mind as you write.

Staying away from distracting events is also a must. To continue to stay motivated so you can complete your essay, you must write down your steps toward your goal.

The personal essay plan doesn’t differ from other high school writing in that there are still three steps for the easiest result. First, pre-write. This is where you get your words flowing. You are free to skip, jump paragraphs, and just write whatever you want. You shouldn’t be concerned with anything during this phase of the essay process.

Work out how long you have to write the essay and set up a schedule. If it’s due in a week, prepare to write the plan tomorrow, write the essay over the next two days, leave a day free and then proofread and edit. That way you are sure to have it done and to a high standard by the time it’s due.

Look for a natural flow throughout the written piece. If you find that the flow of the writing is missing or is very abrupt then it requires to be edited.

The cover page should include the name of the researcher and the essential dates related to the essay. In most cases, the name of the student is provided and the subject of the essay. The dates will have the start date and end date of the paper. Include the course name and number which is related to the essay.

‘The exact wording of the source/paragraph that you are typing up goes here, using punctuation marks so you can see that you are quoting” (Put the reference information here, the way you would in an in-text reference: Surname, Year, Page number).

The next time you read an essay or article written by another writer, notice that the good ones, the ones that you learn from or are encouraged by, keep you focused on a single thing to do or task to learn. They will reiterate their point clearly, and make it easy to understand. They will use familiar words and stick to a single point. Not only are essays like this easier to read, they are also easier to write!