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ServiceScape Incorporated
ServiceScape Incorporated
2016

The Foundation for Great Essay Writing

On this episode, we look at the foundation of a great essay and some tips for writing one. The topics we cover are:

First, how to organize your thoughts in a coherent way. Without this skill, it is difficult for any student to earn higher degrees and succeed in their career, regardless of the field they are in. If your essay is illogical in its organization, your readers will be far less likely to follow what you've written to determine your knowledge of the topic. Basically, your essay will demonstrate very clearly whether you are a credible source or not.

Second, we look at how to show your knowledge of what you are writing about, and how to conduct the needed research. Essentially, this reflects the amount of work you put into your studies. Professors and admissions committees want to know that you are willing to put in the effort to learn and achieve success in your academic pursuits, and this is impossible without carefully and critically researching various topics.

Third, we discuss the ability to conduct intelligent debate. The foundation of intelligent debate is based on knowing all sides of the issue and knowing how to express your opinion without alienating audiences who might disagree. A student might know his or her topic well, but without the ability to present their knowledge of the topic respectfully, their credibility and expertise are questioned.

Fourth, we look at the need for excellent grammar and writing skills, since these skills are necessary for the effective communication of ideas.

And finally, we discuss the importance of being mindful when meeting a deadline. Sometimes, the most well-written essays get rejected or receive a low score, simply because a deadline was not met.

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