Part 04 - Writing Your Essay

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Part 04 - Writing Your Essay

Post  studyaids on Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:25 pm

At last, the moment has arrived when you begin to write. If you have followed through carefully all the stages above, then this should be the easy part but if the notes are your evidence then the essay is your case and you should present this with as much attention to detail as you paid to your research.

It should go without saying that your spelling, grammar and punctuation should be perfect. Nothing makes a worse impression on examiners than bad spelling and punctuation, especially if you misspell an author’s name or the title of a book. You are simply throwing marks away by making mistakes in presentation and with all the assistance that is available today via modern technology there is really no excuse for it. Having said that, don’t rely on your computer’s ‘spell and grammar check’ as it is not by any means infallible. If you are unsure, check with other resources and, at the end, go back and carefully proof-read your work – better still, get someone else to do this as another pair of eyes will often spot mistakes you may have overlooked.

Now you have a choice to make: either write the main body of your essay first then go back to construct your introduction or write the introduction first, followed by the main body of your essay. Both have advantages and disadvantages, primarily based on how well you can stick closely to your stated thesis.

If you feel confident that the argument can be stated simply in your introduction and developed coherently then write the introduction first; if you feel you might deviate from the introduction then it might be best to write the introduction later because then you can adapt your thesis accordingly.
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