Hey there! The other day I talked to you about the most important thing for your preparation which is beyond any kind of tips and strategies and you can read this post here. Today, however, I will focus on Writing Tips. All the things you can do to help you along with your preparation and language learning: The Top 10 tips you will ever need to improve yourself in the writing section! If you follow them consistently, you will definitely see your score raised. So, are you ready? Here we go!
1.) Avoid Contractions of Verbs
Do NOT use “isn’t, aren’t, don’t, doesn’t, can’t, won’t, haven’t, hasn’t” etc. Instead USE “is not, are not, do not, does not, cannot, will not, have not, has not” etc.
2.) Be clear!
Be careful! The reader is not in your mind. You have to be clear about each and every thing you argue and explain yourself. In Academic Writing, you are asked to discuss a variety of complex ideas. So, ask yourself: “If someone else reads my essay, will he understand what I’m saying?”
3.) Avoid complex and long sentences…
… unless you are 100% sure! I know that you think that if you write complex sentences with “longer” words your essay is going to be more academic but this is where most mistakes take place in grammar and syntax. What you need to use is not difficult words, but APPROPRIATE words that best describe what you want to say.
There are so many cases that students think they used a very “good” academic word but actually it was the wrong choice for this specific idea. So, learn your new vocabulary in context with examples. Don’t memorise it!
4.) Guide your reader!
Tell your reader what you are going to write about! In your introduction, state what you are going to discuss precisely. In this way, the reader knows what to expect and you are organised.
5.) Structure your essay!
Never forget to structure your essay in paragraphs! This is very important! Use an introduction, 2 – 3 paragraphs for the main body, a conclusion and make sure they are clearly separated.
Punctuation is very important and most students tend to forget that. Don’t make the same mistake!
What is punctuation? Well, simply put, don’t forget your commas!!
When do we have to use punctuation?
- To separate words in a list: for example,
“She went shopping and bought a blouse, a dress, a lipstick, and a pair of shoes.”
- To separate parts of a sentence: for example,
“Firstly, I would like to discuss the advantages of implementing this method into the project. Secondly, this method can be introduced to the rest of our projects as well.”
- To separate two parts of the same sentence: for example,
“Although he had drunk a lot of water, he was still thirsty.”
“He had drunk a lot of water. However, he was still thirsty.”
- With conditionals and clarifications: for example,
“If they do that, more animals will be in danger of extinction.”
“I work too much, especially on Fridays.”
- With linking phrases: for example,
“For example, for instance, finally, on the one hand, on the other hand, also, in my opinion, in conclusion, to sum – up, etc.” –> ALWAYS use commas after these phrases!
7.) Avoid casual words
When we say casual words we mean casual phrasal verbs and informal phrases such as “okay, of course, really, alright etc.”
8.) Prefer Passive Voice
Use Passive Voice whenever you can. It is considered more academic. For instance,
“I implemented the method” can become “The method was implemented.”
9.) Stay on topic!
Never forget the question and be specific in your answer: underline the most important points. Then, ask yourself what you know about the topic and be precise in your plan.
10) But – And
Avoid using “but” and “and” at the beginning of a sentence. Instead of “but” use “however” and instead of “and” use “also, in addition, additionally, etc.”
Don’t forget their commas!
Tell me what has helped with your writing preparation the most or what you find difficult in the comments below!!