Writing a college-level essay can seem a bit overwhelming at first, especially if you’re not used to writing this way. However, after reading through the basic guidelines and structure rules for them, you’ll find that they aren’t that difficult or maybe as different as you first thought.

The Basics

A college-level essay has a few differences from the ones that you used to write in high school. There are many resources that you can refer to for help, and you can go to this link if you need more information. Here are basic guidelines to help walk you through your first college writing assignment:

  • Create an outline: Before you start writing any content, you need to know what you’re writing. A good outline will include the introduction, content paragraphs, and the conclusion. This will also help you if you feel as though you are having writer’s block staring at the blank page in front of you.
  • Write a strong introduction: In order to draw your readers in, you need to have a strong thesis statement. This will be a sentence that will create the center focus of your essay and will help you to hold the rest of your paper together.
  • Be a critical thinker: College level students need to be able to think critically and express it in their work. Professors are not looking for work that simply reflects common knowledge or what an expert said. They want to know that you can objectively look at a topic and analyze it, break it down and express your own thoughts on the subject.
  • Use examples: To support your views, you need to be sure to compare different sources and show where you got your information from to avoid any potential issues with plagiarism.
  • Use visual aids such as figures and tables: Depending on the topic that you are writing about, visual aids such as figures and tables can be a useful tool to show your readers more details on the subject or claim that you are making without using up more words.
  • Write a powerful conclusion: Leave your readers with a powerful reminder of what you wrote about and why you believe in what you wrote. If you are personally invested in what you are writing, then your readers will also sense that motivation and will appreciate it.
  • Double check your word count: Be sure that your word count matches what your professor asked for.
  • Proofread: The simple but ever effective step of proofreading has saved many a college student embarrassment. Make sure to double check for any grammatical errors and if needed, go back and edit any content that you feel isn’t up to par.

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In conclusion, writing a college-level essay may seem intimidating at first, but once you know what your topic will be, and you have your thesis statement in place, you shouldn’t have any problems researching and expanding upon it to reflect your own personal views as well as making the impression on your readers that you want to achieve.