Mistakes in writing essays

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Unlike tests, essays do not involve a multiple-choice format. Writing an essay is not limited in time, you can rewrite it many times, ask your friends to read your essay. Take advantage of all the opportunities and try to avoid common mistakes.

Bad checking.

Don't think that you can limit yourself to spell-checking. Reread your essays and make sure that there are no ambiguous expressions, unfortunate turns, etc. Examples you shouldn't "take note" of studybay review:

"I am proud to have been able to stand up to drug, alcohol, and tobacco use."

"Working at your firm (organization), located in a wonderful location with lots of Gothic-style architecture, would be an exciting challenge for me."

Tiresome prefaces. Lack of detail.

Too often an interesting essay loses out in what is an enumeration of statements without illustrating them with examples. Essays are characterized by the usual clichés: the importance of hard work and perseverance, learning from mistakes, etc.


Essays are limited to a certain number of words, so you need to manage this amount wisely. Sometimes this means leaving out some ideas or details, especially if they have already been mentioned somewhere or are not directly relevant. Such things only distract the reader's (listener's) attention and overshadow the main topic of the essay.

Long sentences.


The longer the sentence, the better - this is what some candidates think. However, this is far from the truth. Long sentences do not yet prove the author right, and short sentences often produce a greater effect. It is best when long sentences alternate with short sentences in an essay. Try reading the essay out loud. If you feel like you're catching your breath, break up the paragraph into smaller paragraphs.

When you finish writing the essay, do this exercise. Assign a letter to each paragraph: either S (short), M (medium), or L (long). S is less than 10 words, M is less than 20 words, and L is 20 words or more.

A correct essay has the following or similar letter order - M S M L M S.

An incorrect essay is characterized by this sequence of letters - S S S M L L L.

Do not overload the essay.

When writing an essay, discard encyclopedia words. Incorrect use of such words distracts the reader's attention and diminishes the importance of the essay.

Avoiding such common mistakes, you will be able to interest the expert Committee (employer) with your experience.

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