Whether it is for a college-application essay or a cover letter; we all experienced sitting in front of our computers, suffering through writer’s blocks. We’ve compiled 5 tips to help you through your struggle, so take a deep breath before making any rash decisions:
Say you chose an important issue to comment on, do not go over to blogs or news websites as their opinions might cloud yours. You should research the basic facts over the issue, and formulate your opinion from that. Instead of talking about what you think is interesting about yourself, show what you are interested in and why. Most admission officers are looking for unique and different passions in potential candidates. Find your niche and own it.
If you have been writing academic essays in school, then you would know that structure is important. The introduction is especially crucial, because it should catch the eyes of the readers. You should be able to clearly state the main topic of your essay, what your argument is and how you are going to argue for or against it. The essay should also have a nice flow, with no convoluted or choppy sentences. Typically the first paragraph is the introduction, then two to three paragraphs to articulate your point, and finally the last paragraph should tie a nice bow-tie around the essay – try to end with a quote and write your thoughts on it.
Before you start thinking of cliches, do some research to avoid things that could potentially be pet peeves of the admission office/job recruiters. This method can help you narrow down your topic choices and ultimately the best essay topic for you. Try to open your essay with a personal story or anecdote. Everyone is always trying to fit in, no matter where they are in life. You want the reader to be able to relate to your story and your struggles. Relation by coincidence tend to stay in our memories longer.
It is okay to admit you have weaknesses. This essay should convey your most vulnerable self as it is time to cast away your pride and vanity. The best way to go about things is to acknowledge your weakness or a challenge you have faced in life, and how you were about go about that. Talking about how you overcome the challenges and what you learned from them can show the reader your critical thinking and problem solving skills. Knowing what you did wrong isn’t enough. You need to know how to fix it as well. We don’t recommend you seek a “buy essays” service as this can hinder creativity.
Spell-check isn’t going to be your only lifesaver this time. It is important to get opinions from your peers, friends or even parents about your essay. The most valuable tip someone ever gave was to read your essay out loud, as that can help you spot errors or awkward sentences.
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