Writing a good essay that can get you excellent scores in your college is not that difficult if you follow the steps. 

Before you start writing the essay, it is crucial to understand what a unique piece of writing is and how to write one; no matter how well you write an essay, if it is not unique, it will not pass the plagiarism test and you will get zero marks.

Unique essay and its importance

The whole success or failure of an essay depends on how unique it is. Before we deep dive into the uniqueness of the essays/articles and how to create one, let us talk about plagiarism.

Plagiarism is copying content from one place and using it as it is at some other. Also, modifying the contents to escape the plagiarism tools does not help. It will still have a high degree of plagiarism no matter how much you change the structure of the sentences, their order and use synonyms, etc. 

 Advanced plagiarism detection tools use NLP, which stands for Natural language processing. It refers to the branch of computer science, specifically artificial intelligence or AI, which gives computers the ability to understand text and spoken words in much the same way human beings can.

Earlier, students changed the existing essay from one source and used it as their essay. Such acts are immoral and also, it is not suitable for society because you are not creating any value. Also, it is bad karma. Of course, we can ignore the karma factor. In modern times, however, teachers can check the uniqueness of your essay using a plagiarism detection tool. Since plagiarism detectors have a vast database of essays and articles in their repository, their algorithm can understand an essay’s “theme” and “tone,” etc., apart from the basic verbatim match. Hence, your teacher can catch you for plagiarism.

If you take a piece of essay from one place and twist it a little bit, an ordinary plagiarism detection tool may not detect any plagiarism in that. However, advanced plagiarism tools like Turnitin will mark it for plagiarism, and your teacher will give you zero for your essay.

So how do we write an essay that is unique?

Let us take an example. You have to write an essay on “US Education System,” and nothing about it. 

The first step is to search for the exact term “US Education System” and view web pages ranking on google page 1. Open all or some of them and start making notes. Do not write complete sentences as notes but write only the key terms and phrases/topics mentioned. Once you finish making notes, the next step is arranging notes and building your essay logically. When writing, make sure that you do not actively recheck the source so that the structure and flow of thought are unique.

Instead of doing the above, copying the essay and editing it to skip the plagiarism testing tools will not create a unique piece of writing. Hence, copy-pasting and editing it to make it look different will defeat the sole purpose of producing a unique, high-quality article.

Googling is not the only way to gather information. You can also read books, newspapers, magazines, watch YouTube videos, etc. Reading essay written by fellow students also give you handy insights. We can also write our thoughts and perception. When we are using our thoughts and perceptions, it’s better to make sure that they are correct because many times, wrong perceptions and facts get so deep inside our brain that we feel that they are correct, but they are not. It is catastrophic to write unless we verify our assumptions via thorough research. 

So this was all about the unique essays. Let us see how to write them in a way that can get you top grades, step by step.

1. Understand the theme and Get a feel of the topic

Understand the topic by reading various articles, books, etc., and watching videos on the same topic. 

2. Start making notes

Once you get a good “feel,” start making short notes. You should not copy the complete sentences. Instead, write only bullet points so that you can create a unique essay.

3. Arrange your thoughts

Give a structure to your essay by writing headings subheadings and writing the bullet points. Then create a logical flow of ideas backed up by heading/subheadings and sub-sub headings. It creates a foundation for building your essay. You must present the ideas logically, which makes sense to the reader. The ideas presented in the test should be coherent. 

4. Start putting contents

By following steps 1,2,3, you made a basic skeleton to start putting the flesh. Start writing your essay around the structure built. Start explaining every point and sub-points that you have written so far. It will make your writing easy to comprehend to your reader.

5. Depth and width (with no Fluff)

When writing an essay, we need to cover all the topics related to the topic. We need to write concisely and to the point so that there is no fluff. We need to write detailed information in as few words as possible. Don’t use 100 words to explain something you can do in 30.

6. Fix Grammar, punctuation, and spellings

The above three are critical to writing a good essay; however, initially, we suggest you not focus much on grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. Instead, the focus should be on building a logical flow of thoughts at first, and only after you finish your essay writing should you do the corrections and proofread at the very end. You may use editing tools like Grammarly to save your time.

7. Fix readability

Readability means how easy it is to read and comprehend the essay written. A Flesch reading score of 60 points or more means it can be read and understood by an 8th grader. 

You can use hemingwayapp.com to check readability-related issues. Depending upon your targeted audience, you can simplify your essay if needed. Keep it short and straightforward. Use short sentences short paragraphs and use only common and easy words. If possible, use bullet points or a numbered list. Avoid passive voice and use active voice as much as possible (unless told otherwise by your teacher).

8. Read your essay again to ensure that it needs no improvement

After doing all the hard work, there can still be possibility to improve your writing. Only when you read it again, you will see if there is anything that you need to add or remove. At this stage, your essay usually 90% final, but there could still be some scope of improvement.

Structure of a good essay

Give an introduction:

A short 2-3 sentence introduction. In the introduction, we can also arouse the users’ curiosity by saying something like, “you will be surprised to know that 76% of the respondents answered fundamental questions on the US education system wrongly.” 

You can also mention what the reader will get when reading your essay. For example, “You don’t need to read any other essay after reading your essay. Continue reading to know why!”

Provide an Index (if applicable):

Although not always applicable, it is good to have an index if your essay is lengthy. It gives the reader an idea about the things that are coming ahead. Most of the time, readers are searching for something specific in the essay, and once they find it, they get satisfied and don’t read the rest of the piece. By giving them an index, we make this search easier for them. 

Say the most important thing first:

We need to be on the target right from the word “go.” We should not do any circumlocution, and we need to catch the user’s attention to keep reading your essay. 

Discuss in detail but do not deviate from the main topic much:

After the intro, the index, and saying the most important thing, you can start going into the details. You should not deviate from the main topic much when going into the details. After saying the most critical thing and explaining that, you can start touching peripheral/related ideas/topics at the end. We should try to write separate essays to cover these peripheral topics in the future.

Write a conclusion

Write s short conclusion or summary helps the reader reflect on the essay they have just read. It increases their understanding further and remembers the content of your article longer. 

 

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