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Guidelines On Academic Essay Writing:
How To Make Your Paper Shine

If you are writing an academic essay and you want to know how to make your paper shine, consider the information listed below. Everything here can be applied to any style of paper you are writing.

As you are writing your multiple drafts—and it will inevitably be multiple no matter how gifted a writer you may be—there are a few things for which you must check as you work:

  • Check that you presented adequate evidence that naturally leads to a conclusion yourself
  • Check that you recognize any limits to your discussion in the discussion section
  • Check that there was a clear and confident presentation of your argument, with an evaluation of the opposition too

Another tool you can use to support great writing is to have great paragraphs. As you look over your drafts, it is up to you to make sure you presented just one idea per paragraph. Each paragraph should:

  • Introduce the main idea, quote, argument, or piece of evidence
  • Present more thoroughly the main idea, quote, argument, or piece of evidence
  • Critically comment upon the main idea, quote, argument, or piece of evidence

Editing a crucial and final step to writing a comprehensive paper, but before you edit the draft, you should take some time away from it, ensuring you return to it with a fresh set of eyes. When you are editing, remember to look for critical errors, and mistakes.

When you are writing an academic paper, you should make sure that you allow yourself enough time. The process of writing a good academic paper starts by defining a topic, then analyzing the prompt, researching the topic, and planning out your paper. It then proceeds with drafting the paper, revising the paper, editing the paper, and finally, proofreading the paper. Each stage is important. So it is up to you to divide your deadline by three equal parts.

The defining of the topic, researching, and planning is called the “prewriting” phase and it should be the first of three segments of time you dedicate.

The drafting of the essay is called the “writing” phase and it should be the second of three segments of time you dedicate.

The revising, editing, and proofreading of your essay is called the “rewriting” phase and it is the third of the three segments of time that you dedicate.