Essay Help: 15 Perils of Academic Success

Do you feel you need essay help? This post will show you how to write awesome essays. Only a few changes in your approach may be all that is necessary for you to be successful. All you need to become a better and more effective writer is to stop doing the following:

  1. Multitasking
    There’s probably no need to cite the numerous studies that have proven that multitasking is extremely ineffective. Stop killing your productivity.
    Whenever you feel that a certain essay is taking too long to write, have you actually been spending most of your time texting with friends or watching funny videos? If that is your usual practice, it’s high time to adopt a new habit. Set a timer, set intermediate goals, and take control of the process.
  2. Striving for Perfection
    The next obstacle that may be stealing your time and energy is that you may be trying too hard to be perfect. By the way, it could be one of the reasons why you may be looking for essay help. The core symptoms are spending too much time on choosing a topic and/or getting stuck in the research stage. Here’s a brief guide for beating perfectionism:

    • Can’t find a suitable topic? Close your eyes and point to a list of topics. The one you select is the one you need. Slightly change it or add a new perspective.
    • No relevant resources? Write that a gap exists in current knowledge and discuss what you have found. Or, in the most complicated cases, see the previous point and change your topic, choosing something that you can easily research.
  3. Using Old-School Study Tactics
    These days we have applications for everything. You probably use apps to filter your photos or select the best recipe. Why don’t you use online tools for legitimate essay help?
    Here’s how apps and websites can make your life easier:

    • Editing and proofreading
    • Citing sources
    • Managing results of your research
  4. Reinventing the Wheel
    Learning from example is one of the most effective study tactics. Instead of staring at a blank screen, you may want to search for sample essays related to your research topic. This can inspire you and speed up your research.
  5. Ignoring the 5-Paragraph Formula
    In trying to be more creative, students can sometimes use extraordinary essay formatting skills to show their creativity. In most cases, however, doing this is not productive, and teachers won’t appreciate your effort.
    The standard 5-paragraph essay structure works best:

    • Introduction
    • 3 or more main body paragraphs
    • Conclusion
  6. Boring Readers to Death
    Never underestimate the value of attention-grabbing elements in the opening paragraph. If you bore your reader from the very beginning, you will lose them forever.
    Proven attention hooks:

    • Rhetorical questions
    • Dialogue
    • Stories
    • Anecdotes
    • Stats
    • Breaking news
    • Surprising facts
  7. Forgetting a Thesis Statement
    This one sentence can save your entire essay. Put this statement at the end of the introductory paragraph, and it should fulfill the following functions:

    • Summarize the main points
    • Express your position
    • Provide a road map for the entire paper

    e.g. Whereas scholars have proven that colors can influence someone’s mood and productivity, design of offices should be aligned with not only managers’ personal preferences but also psychologists’ recommendations.

  8. Repeating Ideas
    Repeating the same ideas over and over only to reach the requested word count is a common mistake. Your conclusion should mirror your introduction and is the only place where repetition is justifiable.
  9. Using Empty Fillers
    Another trick used by students for extending their essays without adding any valuable content is including empty fillers.
    Stay away from the following meaningless phrases and always delete them if they occasionally crawl into your paper:

    Really As a matter of fact
    Basically For all intents and purposes
    Sort of Due to the fact that
    Actually What I mean to say is
    Generally Notwithstanding the fact that
    Particularly Somewhat
  10. Jumping from One Idea to Another
    When working on your essay, help your readers understand your line of thought by including transitions between different sections. Even if the logical turn between sections seems obvious, be sure to include this linking element to dispel all doubts.
  11. Making a Mess Out of Citations
    Even if you are a master at paraphrasing, using the ideas of others without properly citing your sources is plagiarism.
    Be sure to disclose your source every time you include the following in your text:

    • A scientific discovery
    • Stats
    • Dates and figures
    • Facts that are not general knowledge and not your own ideas.
  12. Neglecting Format
    Margins, fonts, and spacing do matter. Be sure to follow your style guide requirements or the following generally accepted standards (unless your teacher has some other requirements):

    • Font: Arial or Times New Roman 12
    • Spacing: double
    • Margins: 1 inch or 2.43 cm on all sides
  13. Abusing Grammar
    Occasional typos can ruin the impression of your entire paper, which is why proofreading is not optional. It is compulsory. The following checklist can help you:

    • Subject-verb agreement
    • Pronoun antecedents
    • Tense shifts
    • Frequently confused words
  14. Making Punctuation Errors
    The following checklist can help you significantly improve your punctuation. By all means avoid:

    • Run-on sentences
    • Sentence fragments
    • Omitted commas after introductory elements
  15. Ignoring Style Problems
    Another reason why you may want essay help is your writing style. Your primary goal is to make your essay look like an academic paper. These tips will help you eliminate occasional flaws:

    • Avoid unsupported claims, e.g., smoking is disgusting. Always support your opinion with substantial proof and a citation. (A 2014 study has supported previous opinion that smoking is harmful for your lungs.)
    • Avoid categorical claims, e.g., students must study day and night. Add modal verbs, such as “can,” “may,” “could,” “might,” and “instead.” (Longer study sessions and proper time management could improve student outcomes.
    • Use hedging to distance yourself from what you’re writing, e.g., “It should be noted that Hamlet was one of the most popular plays of the previous century.” This is better than “I think Hamlet was cool. I watched it on TV.”
    • Use formal language. Avoid slang, contractions, and colloquial expressions.

So, we hope you’re not even reading this line because your project is now pretty close to perfection, and you don’t need essay help anymore.

Irene Fenswick
Irene Fenswick

Irene Fenswick is a freelance writer and blogger with a Master's degree in English Literature. She has been working as an academic advisor for undergraduate students for five years and she is willing to share her knowledge about writing. Irene has 15+ years of expertise in solving academic-related issues.

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Comments (2)

June 28th, 2016 - 6:05 pm

Awesome, stop killing your productivity! But how to solve that? Thanks.

Irene Fenswick
Irene Fenswick
June 29th, 2016 - 5:48 pm

Hi Firman,

I’m happy that you like my post! You can find more articles on productivity tips in our “Productivity” category.