The pressure is on once that that English assignment hits your homework diary. How will you write about something interesting for your professor to read? How will you write well enough to meet the high standards of language that’s expected of you?
In the end, it’s all about practice; but you need a solution right now. So, in the spirit of urgency, here are some excellent tips to writing a good English paper—today.
This may be the hardest part of any English paper, but it is by no means as daunting as you think. Simply take a relevant topic that’s been recently discussed in your class and spin it in a direction that you enjoy. The great thing about the English subject is that it is vastly diverse. You can take an angle of history, poetry, depression, prejudice, and lots more. Choose an angle you know you’ll do well at.
A large part of writing a good English paper is ensuring perfect spelling. Do this by proofreading your paper at least three times over a period of twenty four hours before submitting it. Proofread slowly with lots of breaks in between.
Leave proofreading for later though. The worst time to proofread your work is right after you’ve written it. Print the assignment out, leave it on your desk, and glance at it later when you feel relaxed or bored.
Of all the language errors students make, punctuation is by far the most prevalent—and the most damaging. One comma in the wrong place can easily throw your whole paper into disarray, which is why this is one of the most important language aspects to focus on.
Improve the punctuation of your writing by keeping a list of the ten most common punctuation mistakes made by students close to your working area. Now, read your paper out loud and identify where commas should be inserted and where apostrophes are to be properly used.
Whether it’s finding topics or coming up with good material, there is help in places you probably least expect. Go through your parents’ bookshelf or check their video collection for some old favourites. Don’t be hesitant to visit your local library either. If you still find yourself empty, go to the internet as a last resort and you’re sure to find lots of great ideas for your English paper.
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