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Essay Success: 10 Tips for Top Essays at University

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    • 1. 10 Tips for Top Essays

    • 2. Tip 1

    • 3. Tip 2

    • 4. Tip 3

    • 5. Tip 4

    • 6. Tip 5

    • 7. Tip 6

    • 8. Tip 7

    • 9. Tip 8

    • 10. Tip 9

    • 11. Tip 10

    • 12. Thanks Essay Tips

    • 13. More Classes on Essay Writing

    • 14. Academic Teacher Introduction Shellie Cleaver

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Join experienced university essay editor Shellie for this short class that explores top tips to help you get better essay marks at university. By putting these ten tips into practice you will hope to see improved essay marks at university.

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1. 10 Tips for Top Essays: Hello. Welcome to 10 tips for top essays. My name is Shelly, and I've been editing academic university essays for almost three years. I help students by editing their drafts and improving the quality of the writing, which results in better marks for them. There's some very specific things that I do to actually achieve this. And in today's class, I'm gonna take you through them one by one. Let's get started. 2. Tip 1: tip number one is to ensure that the essay structure reflects all aspects of the essay question. It's a questions are usually more than one sentence, and even if they're only one sentence, it will mention several aspects that need addressing so use. This is a guide for the structure of your essay and ensure that throughout your essay you have touched on every key component within that question, because if you miss anything out, you're never going to achieve the best marks possible. 3. Tip 2: tip number two is to ensure that the introduction gives the reader context and that outlines the topics to be covered in the essay. So you must assume that your reader knows nothing about the topic you are writing about. So your first sentence must be a very general Ah, gentle introduction to the subject area. Then in the next sentence, you can drill it down a little bit further and lead on to the more specific aspect that your essay will be about. And really then set the tone and give the reader some key information so that they actually know what it is they're about to read about in your essay. Then you must, at the end of the introduction, tell the reader what to expect in the S. A. I like to phrase this by saying firstly so and so will be discussed. Secondly, so and so will be outlined. And finally so and so will be considered. This ax is a road map for your reader so that they know what to anticipate. They have a sense of where this essay is going to go on what they will read about and really to achieve good marks in an essay. You want to make it easy for your reader to understand what you're saying and to enjoy the experience of reading your essay. 4. Tip 3: tip number three. Ensure the essay paragraphs followed the structure stated in the introduction. This is essential. So in the introduction, when you tell the reader, firstly, we will cover this. Secondly, will cover that and thirdly, will cover this. You must follow that structure in the essay. If you jump around, you're gonna confuse your reader. So whatever structure you stay to the end of the introduction ensure that the topics are followed in that order. 5. Tip 4: tip for check that every statement effect is backed up with an academic reference. This is essential in an essay. It's fine in an essay to make a statement, but you're proving to your marker that you have read widely and the what you're saying is informed by other accredited researchers in the field. So you can't say something which is factual without supporting it with a reference. So go through your essay sentence by sentence and identify the sentences that might require a reference to prove to your marker that you have researched this. You have not made up this information that it is actually backed up and supported by peas in this subject area. 6. Tip 5: tip number five. Avoid large, complex words. You need to communicate your message with a clear and simple language. I've noticed that students sometimes use complex words that might make them sound smart in their own minds. But actually the market can recognize this. They're not fall by you using clever sounding words. What they're looking for is the content of your message. So I actually find that using these complex sort of clever sounding words actually detract from your essay. They make it harder to read, harder to understand and would result in lower marks. So when I edit an essay for a student, I remove these extra words. Firstly, they're not necessary. And secondly, they take away from your message. So really, try and avoid these words. They don't help you. The best thing you can do is imagine that you're trying to explain something to a five year old and that you need to communicate in a very specific, very clear and very simple way. And this actually proves to the marker that you really understand what you're saying and you understand your subject area and that you're not hiding behind clever sounding language 7. Tip 6: tip number six. Avoid vague words. Every sentence needs clarity and purpose. Use words that a specific and clear many words could be considered vague. For example, if someone asked how your day was and you said Good, it doesn't actually communicate any meaningful information to that person. Whereas if you thought about what you were saying and chose a more specific word, you might say I had an enjoyable day because that conveys mawr information to the person you're speaking to. So this is a really important thing in academic writing. The selection of the words you use actually warrants quite a lot of consideration. And once you've written your draft, maybe go back through your essay and look four times when you've used very vague, nondescript words and see if you can come up with something more specific that actually conveyed meaning to a reader. This improves not only the quality of your writing but will improve your marks 8. Tip 7: Tip number seven edits and re edit your draft many times to remove errors and extra words that do not add meaning. When we write a draft essay, we're trying to get our thoughts down on paper inwards, and this means that we often use extra words that are not needed. So when you're editing your draft, it's important to do this several times and, if possible, across a number of different days. And each time you go through your writing or trying, Teoh pick up on spelling errors, punctuation areas, referencing errors, and you're also looking for words that aren't needed. So people may have a pet word they use all the time. Something like Also, um, there's many, many others their lists on the Internet if you want to look them up but just start to observe these words that don't carry any meaning and adjust extra, they're just superfluous. And if you deleted them, the content isn't altered at all. On what actually happens by removing these is that you improve the quality of your writing so greatly and you make the message you're communicating to the reader so much easier to understand. 9. Tip 8: Tip number eight. Look for opportunity toe add detail, fact or critical discussion to your essay. Consider opposing viewpoints the purpose of in essays to demonstrate to the marker the level of understanding you have about a particular subject area. So your essay you really you looking for opportunities to add date out to add facts and also toe add a level of critical discussion about aspects of the subject area. One way of doing this is to consider opposing viewpoints and discuss well, this person said this. But in contrast, this person said that and then to sort of reason out the two opposing viewpoints and perhaps make a statement about where you stand on on those different viewpoints. What this does is it adds complexity to USA. It takes the thinking to a much more sophisticated level, and the markka will be able to allocate you more points and more marks because you've demonstrated a more sophisticated level of understanding and discussion 10. Tip 9: tip number nine. Go over your references both in text and reference list many times to ensure it accurately reflects the style guide. Referencing is an essential part of academic writing, and it's not necessarily difficult. You simply have to follow the detailed instructions in the style guide. Now it's easy to make mistakes. You shouldn't do it both from memory. You need to actually have the style guide. You need to look at their example and make sure that yours reflects it. Things to look out for our capitalization, where it's used or not used on the use of full stops and punctuation marks, ensuring that the after alphabetical nature of the reference sisters correct all of these things of vital and you can lose marks if you're referencing is not correct because it is a central pillar of academic riding. So it is worth it at the end of your essay writing and editing to pour through those references more than once, if possible, and really refine the date, how make sure that every single space and dot and letter is correct 11. Tip 10: tip number 10. Make sure you start your essay early to ensure you have time to refine the draft. This is what leads to top marks. I hear of many students who leave writing. There s a to the last few days before it is due and this disadvantages you so much. Essay writing is really difficult. It's time consuming, and doing it well takes a lot of effort. So I like to start my essays as soon as I can. As soon as I get the question, I like to start mapping out the draft and start writing parts of it because I need that time not only to research but to also then edit my draft and improve the quality of the writing. Because I don't give good marks away easily, and you have to really earn them and have to fight for them. And the thing that will really lift your essay up is that time to edit and refine to remove the areas for an essay, to get high marks, that has to be almost perfect. So you're gonna have to try really hard and spend a lot of time in removing errors, improving the quality of the writing, ensuring the arguments a clear and direct and specific to the question. That's how top students get top marks. 12. Thanks Essay Tips: Thanks for joining me on 10 tips for top essays. I do hope you found it helpful. If you have any questions, just write them on the discussion board. I'll be happy to answer them. If you've enjoyed the class, feel free to like it and to leave a review. And I look forward to seeing you again for another class all the best of your essay writing by. 13. More Classes on Essay Writing: I've recorded many classes on academic essay writing, so follow me on school share and you'll see all of the classes I've done. Here is the follow button. Click on this, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take on academic writing. He's a sample of some of the cake classes I've made s a success. Answer the question. Academic writing Basics. Ace essay introductions Boot camp. Start your essay today. Distinction essays, Secrets to success and s a success. Critical thinking. As you can see, there's a large range of classes you could take with me to improve your academic writing. I look forward to seeing you in these classes and to hearing your feedback on how your essay writing and your university marks have improved. So let's keep learning and improving and let's get started now 14. Academic Teacher Introduction Shellie Cleaver: academia is an entire world on its own. And unless you've come from an academic family, you're likely not to have any idea even exists. Before 2013 I had no idea what academia waas. I studied a finance degree. I was working Rito and I was ready to do something more skilled and more meaningful. So I undertook a masters at Melbourne University, and this two year degree was very, very academic, So I had to learn how to write excites from scratch. I'll never forget the experience of trying to write my first master's s A. I had five different guides in front of me, and I was literally pouring through them, trying to understand. What should a body Vanessa be? How do you conclude the essay? I had no idea, and I achieved a credit or possibly my first say, and from then my lob steadily improved. I'm now completing my second masters degree, where he academic library and I'm going to be a librarian. So I wanted to share my knowledge off academia and essay writing with you guys just to help make your journey