Things to do if you want to practice essay writing

Before getting to write essays, you need to familiarize yourself with how good papers look like. Good examples can be found in libraries or reputable online sources with analytical materials. Therefore, before starting to write something it is recommended to read as many papers as possible to understand the format, structure, language style and many other parts of which a paper consists of. However, many students pay too much time to this stage without getting to actually write something. So, make sure you read a couple of articles and books related to the sphere of your interest and start writing your own piece.


  • Attend a course on paper writing. Usually such courses are offered by Universities or colleges starting from the beginning of the academic year. However, do not expect too much from them either. Such courses are targeted at many students of different backgrounds and interests. Thus, you can spend hours at such courses listening about problems and questions of other students which may not be relevant to you. The biggest plus of such courses is that you can speak with the lecturer about your specific needs and problems and even ask him to review some of your works.
  • Make sure you know what kind of formatting styles are usually used at your major, University or college. Formatting is not an essential part of papers, however, they can a bit tricky and contain many miscellaneous signs which must be used in some specific parts of your paper such as literature and sources. Formatting styles could be practiced at some specific websites which contain tests where you can check your knowledge and skills.
  • After selecting easy, personal topics think of the structure of your paper. The best way to practice this part is to open similar papers and understand the logic behind selection of a particular structure. Remember that your structure must be as logical as possible with introducing keys concepts and goals of your paper.

    Remember that the most important part of your essay is conclusion therefore try to focus on learning how conclusions are usually written. Usually conclusions are using typical words and phrases such as – ‘to sum up’, ‘thus’, ‘therefore’, ‘while’, ‘at the same time’ etc. Conclusions should not be too long and should not contain any new information on your topic. Their main aim is to summarize abovementioned statements, to compare, prove or negate hypothesis.

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  • Find a tutor

    It can be anyone – your professor, relatives or friends. If you are lucky to have clever experienced friends ready to share some knowledge with you and review your first attempts to write an essay you can save a lot of time. Professors or academic advisors are usually busy and are not willing to teach you something on a individual basis. When it comes to your parents or relatives there is a risk that they could become too interested in your work, start reviewing all your papers and their own style of writing papers which may be outdated.

  • Start With Simple Topics

    When you feel that you have good understanding of the style and structure of other essays start writing your own one. Do not begin with complicated and complex issue which would require much time and efforts. The best option will be to write a paper about your holiday or family from a scientific point of view. The selection of such topics is explained by the fact that you already know enough information and since they are personal you can be more interested in writing about them.