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Thursday, October 1, 2020

How to Write an Essay in the 21st Century


September is a few days away, and do you know what that means?!  School is about to be back in session๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ””.

Typical English teachers will show you an example essay and the group work until you, “Good Luck”, now write an essay. You don't need English to be your first language, claim it as your favorite subject, have a tutor, or even write something uselessly for a grade. Writing an essay isn't as hard as it seems, and I will guide you through it, whether you are writing the essay weeks or the night before, I can help you with these tips and resources.

Before you start typing away, you should have subject references; you know like class notes, annotations, highlighted key points, or even a YouTube transcript. With these, you can at least know what you are talking about. If you are starting last minute then sucks to be you๐Ÿ˜…JK!  I have often found myself in the same position, so go check out my blog post the Last Hours.

 I personally always recommend setting up a graphic organizer, even if you can not print out one following the structure. I will have a few examples for you

Don’t judge when it helps

While you feel in particular contact with your organizer, you need to think of the most important part of your paper, the thesis. The thesis can be really hard to configure, so use your sources of reference to narrow down a selection of the criteria and themes that you want to be implicated in it. At random, I would look into using story themes to help it flow along. 

Now, you should be all set to go off writing. I recommend using Google Docs, because it has a variety of tools to help you, from voice typing, image search, citation, and more. It will keep your essay saved and safe and can be accessed from anywhere. While you write have your notes, graphic organizer, and I suggest another tab for RhymeZone opened for use. [RhymeZone helps you replace the basic words and understandings with more attractive options.]

To wrap up your paper essay you should copy and paste it into Grammarly; it will correct and edit for you in that will best suit the paper, whether as a description or persuasive piece or in past tense or present. I also suggest listening to your paper in Google translate or from a peers' view to double-check that it makes sense. If at the end you need citation sources for the essay you can use EasyBib (you will have to bypass many AD’s but it is worth it) to cite or in the Google Docs tool section, there is a citation that will also format the citation sources on the paper.

After many years of writing an essay and procrastinating, I have figured out what works best for me, and I feel confident enough to recommend it to others. Sometimes while writing, you forget the torture and feel good about the progress you have made; I hope the same feeling comes to you as well.


Natalia O.

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