Writing an essay may seem a simple task, as we all have been doing it ever since our parents enrolled us in the school. At the higher level of education though, it becomes essential to ask, how many of us know the dos and don’ts of writing an effective, decipherable, well-presented and enjoyable-to-read essay? Hardly a few of us. Despite having done this particular academic activity all our lives, many of us still fail to write a knockout essay. Some of us still fear to write an essay; well, nothing is either impossible or a piece of cake and nothing for sure can happen overnight. You need to work hard to develop your writing skills. Your writing speaks your mind; it is your voice, words and ideas, which you want the entire world to know. Writing an essay is unavoidable, no matter what your age or the educational level you are at and since there is no escape, why not simply learn it and enjoy writing essays?
So, take a piece of paper and pen, and let’s try and spread those ideas trapped inside your mind across the rest of the world. ∙ Easy to Read: As a matter of fact, you need to realize that teachers are hampered with tons of essay. Skimming through them gives a clear idea of how competent the student is and what he/she is trying to communicate. However, you cannot imagine the agony they go through while reading some of the essays. So why not try to make their life simple, so they can make yours simple? What you need to do is go through your essay twice before submitting it. Reading and proofreading enables you to structure sentences that are easy to read, reduce the number of paragraphs or segregate ideas into two separate paragraphs, so your change of ideas are easily transferred and identified. However, always try eliminating unwanted words, it only makes your essay make your voice loquacious. ∙ Simple Sentences: Complex and complicated sentence never makes your essay a better essay rather, simply and logically split sentences to make your essay a worthy read.
Another associated problem is that sentences that are too long and complicated tend to count as grammatical errors. These mistakes can be avoided if you keep it simple. Why not use KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) approach, designed by the U.S. Navy in the 1960s. The idea proposed that most systems work best, when kept simpler, rather than when they are made complicated. The best example I can quote here is Ernest Hemingway. His writing is easy to understand and his thoughts are expressed by using the simple sentence approach. The idea is to express yourself in the meekest form, so no matter the age of your audience, they know what you want to proclaim. · ∙ Use a Mechanical Proofread: There are a lot of grammar and spell checker apps available in the market, and this is an in-built feature of MS Word also. However, mistakes that the human eye can detect cannot be identified by a software. ’ Being a kid, I used to get annoyed, but today I realize its importance and so I constant read and edit m work. It is a time consuming process, but so essential it cannot be skipped. ∙ ∙ Overloaded With Fact and Figures: it is always important to know when and where to include facts and figures. However, the true spirit of the essay will be lost by overloading it with too much information. Your job is to narrow down the scope, align your information and always select information most relevant to your topic. There will be no knock on your door, or any magic by which you can become a perfect writer, however, it is you and your efforts that count in making you who you want to be. Use these tips and apply them, in your next essay and assignment.
Solving Problems with Ratios (A30): Problem number 3 needs to be rewritten from scratch or deleted. It is nearly incomprehensible to junior high as is. Making Rate Tables (A31): The answer in the back does not correspond to the first story problem. Also, there are some additions I would make to the graph designs to help anticipate graphing data in science classes. Answers in the Back A28-2: Second sentence is the wrong reason. Overall, the books could have used some serious pre-publication editing. There are some sparkling gems of insight sprinkled throughout. The authors’ strong suit is clearly fractions. However, there are too many outright errors and too many missed fundamental misconceptions. The authors’ use of number lines consistently overlooks the importance of starting at zero. Even though there are references to algebra, the books often miss opportunities to anticipate advanced material. Furthermore, the authors inconsistently evaluate the math skills of their target audience, elementary and junior high math teachers.