1. Read the
Now, before anything else, please
do read the instructions very carefully. Because the thing with essays is that
sometimes they do not end up being answered by the students who are tasked to
do them in the first place.
note of any formatting requirements.
As simple as this instruction is,
this is where most students take this for granted, which results to unnecessary
From the paper size you are going
to use to the font style and the font size you are going to type our document
with to the margins and the indents that you have set in the word-processing
software and even to the deadline as to when you are supposed to pass it. So
double-check your formatting to make sure it is in order before passing the
final copy to your instructor.
attention to citation style requirements.
Citation is very important. There
is the APA (American Psychological Association) style which is used by
education, psychology, and sciences essays. While there is also the MLA (Modern
Language Association) style is used by the humanities.
While the Chicago/Turabian style
is generally used by business, history, and the fine arts kind of essays. But
there are also cases wherein the instructor will decide to set his own set of
instructions that the students of the course are supposed to adhere to.
4. Ask for
clarification if you don’t understand something.
Do not be afraid when you ask for
clarifications from your instructor or professor. It is actually better that
you do than getting wrong submitting the wrong kind of essay. If you are too
afraid or shy to ask your teacher, you can always bring it up to your friends
and classmates if you are more comfortable with them.
Do not limit your query to just
one or two. Make your questions as complete and as thorough as possible. Ask
sensible questions and not the ones that can be found on the instructions.
down your topic.
Some topics are given. While there
are some that will have to be selected by you. Some college instructors will
limit their topic for you to a general concept or even a phrase.
Now, if that is the case, it is
your job to simply narrow it down. From a general topic, make it more specific
so that your task will be easier. Instead of simply searching Martin Luther
King and his achievements, you can narrow it down even further to his message
of racial discrimination and how it gained recognition from everyone of