Every once in a while, an average student writes academic assignments. Regardless of the college or university, you have been attending, you know that teachers and instructors are pretty demanding when it comes to writing an essay or two. If you are a student-to-be, you might still be thinking, ‘I no longer have to write my paper because I am an adult, and colleges do not care about my writing much.’ Well, guess what: all this time, you have been wrong.
All colleges in the United States have a First-Year Composition course, and even when you successfully pass it, you still get more writing tasks because you are a student. But do not feel overwhelmed, as we have created a guideline on how you can improve your writing skills right now. Check your saving tips below!
Tip #1: Becoming a Bookworm
Remember those classmates who have nailed all essays and won all literary contests without making a tiny grammar mistake? Do you remember all these perfectionists of ‘dots and commas’ visiting at least one football game? Yes, instead of having fun at parties, most of these people have mastered the art of writing, spending long hours with a printed book or a Kindle at parks and libraries.
Those who read are the best writers. If you think of literature as the most boring subject, try reading professional blogs and articles you are interested in. By reading texts free of typical mistakes, you will visually remember how words are written and where punctuation marks are put.
Tip #2: Blogs and Social Media
Think of the two as binary opposites. Consider professionally written blogs as a good standard when it comes to writing and trust less ‘how’ social media users express their thoughts. Most of the sentences in social media are dull in regards to structure and lack proper spelling.
You can even start your own blog. Your readers may be friends and family only, so you can feel more confident when writing. Don’t know what to write about? We already found plenty of topics for you.
- Social issues. Any college insider will agree that one of the most effective topics to practice in writing is expressing your opinion on current social dilemmas. Couldn’t find where to express your anger with Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment? Well, now you have found a place.
- Your major. As direct as it sounds, debating on academic dilemmas with your readers is refreshing. Never knew whether American war postmodernism was the coolest art movement? Ask your readers. But tell them what American war postmodernism is. By explaining things you learn to others, not only you better understand the material but also develop those cherished critical thinking skills.
- Your life. Though being a video blogger is more popular than traditional blogging, there are millions of people who appreciate the art of writing good sentences. If you want to stay neutral in your blogging but lack any decent topic to write about, think of your casual experiences. Make the blog texts short but Twitter-style catchy.
Meanwhile, avoid gossiping and writing on topics you are not well familiar with.
Tip #3: Grammar Rules
It doesn’t matter how many brilliant ideas you have; reading an essay with ludicrous mistakes will devastate any teacher. Again, reading books helps to solve this problem, since you remember how to write the words exactly. To enhance fast grammar learning, check videos on Youtube, and you will discover that modern grammar is not boring at all.
Some Youtubers are your peers, and they definitely know what makes you tick and learn faster. Subscribe to the grammar-studying content and have fun.
Before submitting any paper, make a habit of using grammar-checking software. The majority of grammar checkers like Grammarly are already available online. The cherry on top is that they are free and rarely require registration.
Tip #4: Set Writing Hours
The famous proverb about practice making everything perfect never lied. To improve your writing, you should stay focused and set priorities. This does not mean you have to sacrifice doing all the things that bring happiness. However, it does mean that when choosing occasionally between going to a party or writing one more research paper, you will have to focus on the latter.
Like with all other activities you want to boost, think of hours when you are less distracted and most productive. These can be the time before classes or day-offs. Evening hours are not the most appropriate since one feels exhausted after studying or working.
Once you have chosen a few hours, let us say 10 AM-2 PM on the weekends, stick to the plan, and give yourself time. Remember about recreational activities best suited for studying, like going out for a walk during a break or riding for half an hour. In such a way, you will not burn out and restore in time the attention you need.
Tip #5: Hunt for Clarity and Structure
How many times did you start writing a paper only to understand that the introduction sounds like a conclusion, and the thesis statement does not look like a statement at all? If the situation is painfully familiar to you, be sure to work on the structure of your academic assignments.
The essential thing to know is that all academic assignments have a particular structure. A research paper will differ from an essay, as well as an argumentative essay will differ from a reflection essay. Checking the main requirements of the paper’s structure is one of the basic tips to simplify the writing process before even brainstorming ideas.
Each time you read an article or an essay you admire, try to dissect the text into parts. Find topic sentences, a thesis statement, and other elements. Next time you have to write a paper of the same type, try to apply the structure you have analyzed.
Writing can be tough. Especially for students from non-humanities. But at the end of the day, writing is a skill to master, just like all other things you learned doing. Certainly, writing is not a stroll in a park, but with determination and tips from our article, anyone can master writing.