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Most Common Mistakes in Essay Writing

The best way to write a really good essay is to know the most common mistakes one makes composing them and avoid them. If you don’t do anything wrong, there is already a good possibility that you will do all the rest right.

First of all, never hand in your essay without checking it for misspellings or misprints. Sometimes reading it all once again may seem to be unbearable, but force yourself to do it anyway, for it will save you from trouble. Students write most amusing things when they don’t bother to revise. If you don’t know how this or that word is written, look it up in the dictionary. It may also be a good idea to ask somebody to read it – a look from outside may find a number of mistakes that have avoided your own attention.

Passive voice, though seems to be a most natural choice for writing an essay, is generally discouraged by tutors and professors for the monotony and unification of speech that are brought about by it. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use it at all (see previous sentence), but it is a bad idea to place it in every sentence.

Don’t use long paragraphs. When the text is divided into a number of more or less short paragraphs, each representing a complete idea, it is easier understood and is more likely to be read attentively. Human eye is confused when confronted by a long strip of text.

A very important point is not to exceed the word or page limit set for the work you do. You may think that the ingenious thoughts you want to express deserve to occupy more space, but don’t fool yourself – the committee read it all hundreds of times before and won’t be grateful for additional time spent on reading your work.

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