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You don’t have to be a genius to get a degree, but only guys who have A+ essays make their moms so happy that such papers win their special place on the fridge forever. Have you ever forced yourself to get at least mediocre results? If so, we got good news for you: with our help, you’ll easily write an outstanding paper that not only your mom but even you will be proud of. Just follow our simple step-by-step guide.
Choose Your Topic
If you have a chance to choose your topic, it’s a big opportunity, so you have to use it to demonstrate your creativity. Think about a subject of your interest and determine questions that must be answered. What have you always wanted to know about this subject? Now it’s time to get all the answers. However, you must estimate your abilities correctly, so don’t select too broad issues. Even if you feel quite confident about some complicated topic, don’t forget that your paper has certain limits regarding the word count.
Another useful advice is: don’t let your plan restrict you from new ideas. Sometimes students have a certain idea of what their paper should be about and what it will look like. It’s good if you plan your work, but you also must be open to new information that may appear during a research and keep in mind that such information may change your plans. We suggest considering the topic as a hypothesis rather than a pre-determined conclusion.
Do a Research
Even if you’re familiar with your topic, don’t get to writing before you’ve done a necessary research. You have to obtain as much information as you can, in order to understand all specific details of the chosen topic and its background. Once again: you must be open to new ideas. Your research must include primary sources (documents, articles, interviews), as well as secondary sources (opinion of other people and their analysis of primary sources).
Develop Your Thesis Statement
Once you’ve done a research, you have to reflect on the information you’ve collected and your topic. Now it’s time to present your thesis statement. This is a backbone of your essay, and the whole text must be directly related to it. This is your opinion and strong belief, so it must be clear and meaningful. You have to introduce your thesis statement at the beginning of a paper, writing the remainder of the paper to support and prove your key point. However, you can edit your thesis while writing an essay.
Once you’ve created your thesis statement, you can start writing your first draft.
Write an Outline
Even though some students prefer to skip this stage, we suggest writing an outline before you start working on your paper. The point is that the outline allows you to draw up the structure of your paper, plan your arguments, and sort all the information so you will know what to begin with, what must be in the central part of your paper, and what is better to save for later. There are many approaches to outline writing, but we can give you a general advice about the structure of the paper. Any outline should include the following things:
- Introduction, body, and conclusion.
- Descriptive paragraphs that clarify the background of the topic and narrow it.
- A blueprint of arguments and analysis for every paragraph of the body part.
Write the Introduction
Writing a good introduction may be a challenging task, but don’t worry about it. You can edit and change it while working on the body of your paper. Some writers even get to the introduction after the whole paper is done. This section consists of three parts:
- A hook that is aimed to grab readers’ attention;
- Introduction to the topic;
- Thesis statement.
Write the Body Part
This is the heart of your paper, and it must support your thesis statement, leaving your readers with no concerns about it. How to do it well? The main secret is that you have to consider your thesis from different points. Each paragraph of the body must provide some new information and a new perspective. To make sure that the central part of the paper is good, try to read first sentences of each paragraph — they must sound like a list of evidence that proves your idea.
Write the Conclusion
This section is somewhat similar to the introduction. Begin your conclusion by restating your thesis statement, write a brief summary of your arguments, and leave your readers with something to think about. The conclusion is a good place to consider your topic in a more global context.
Finally, make sure that your citations are written according to a required citation style (APA, Chicago, MLA), and don’t forget about proofreading.