If you’ve received a grade you were not hoping for and want to find the ways to improve your writing. Some of the students don’t see any sense in wasting their time on learning how to write excellent papers. Their reasoning is that there will be no necessity in this skill anywhere except for their classroom.
But you will need your writing skills in the future no matter what profession you choose. Writing a cover letter for the job of your dreams or a blog post to impress your colleagues with will require you to avoid some common writing mistakes people make. And the earlier you’ll learn how to avoid them, the more effectively you will be polishing your writing skills.
You are not the only one who will benefit from writing well-structured and engaging texts. You see, reading a bad essay is almost as hurtful as writing one. So, let’s begin to analyze those common mistakes.
Typos. We’ll begin with the most obvious ones. It doesn’t matter for a reader if you’ve made a typo by accident or really don’t know the spelling of a word. The impression is ruined and your essay will have to be really good to change it. Proofread your paper and do it at least a couple of times. If you find this process too boring, ask someone else to do it for you.
Using wrong words. We all want to look smarter than we really are, it’s our human nature. But if you are not sure about the meaning of a word or expression you want to use in an essay, you shouldn’t do it. You will give yourself away by using an inappropriate word and won’t look smart at all.
Sentences that seem to have no end. If you use them, you must be a superhuman as the punctuation is very tricky. Some people prefer to omit any conjunction words and use commas instead. That is not the best way to express your thoughts, for sure. Others just write those sentences without any commas at all and make a reader’s experience simply unbearable. learn the punctuation rules or write in short sentences.
Going off the topic. Students just love doing that. Especially, when you have to write a 2,000-word essay. Don’t include the information that is not relevant to the topic or has little value for a reader. Stay focused on the main idea. It’s not the quantity but the quality that matters.
Using unnecessary phrases. If you’ve read somewhere that the goal of any writing is to establish a special bond with a reader, think carefully what tools can help you do it. Some students think that it’s enough to use some colloquial phrases and write as if you were talking to a reader personally. That is not always the best way to do it. Don’t just include phrases like “kind of”, “pretty much”, etc. in your text. They just make it worse. Write meaningful sentences that create a clear picture. That is a much better way to create that bonding.