You’ll be surprised to find out that more than half of essays are penalized by supervisors because students didn’t follow the simplest and most essential precautions before turning a paper in. That’s truly sad as there are a great number of decent academic pieces that are nevertheless awarded with fewer credits because of poor editing and plenty of other causes.
Therefore, you are highly advised not to rush forward and deliver your essay right after you complete it. Note there is still a lot of work to be done in order to tailor the final draft to perfection.
Make sure you complied with all task requirements
There are great essays that receive poor grades because of inattentive students who didn’t understand requirements given in the assignment. Always read instructions several times until you comprehend everything up to par. If you need, ask your instructor to explain you the task, provide additional consultations or give some advice as to how to cope with the task in the way she needs.
Gather as many referential sources as you can, use them to support your point of view
You judgment regarding the topic might be right, your ideas might be splendid, but if you don’t base your thesis statement on the referential sources needed in the task and if you don’t provide necessary quotes and supporting evidence to back your ideas up, you’ll fail the submission and get a C instead of an A. Plus, don’t forget to apply the reference style (APA or MLA) perfectly well.
Draw up an outline first
Getting down to writing right after the research of the topic has been made is a faulty choice. First and foremost, you need an outline. Mark off each part of your essay with a short sentence and follow that outline filling it with paragraphs and maybe chapters. Doing an essay without an outline is like driving thought an unknown town without a map – you can easily get lost and miss some important ideas that might slip out of your mind at the most inappropriate moment during the writing process.
Copy-pasting and re-writing
Cutting out extracts from different papers here and there (even if they fit the framework of your essay perfectly well) is defined as plagiarism and punished severely. Unfortunately, lots of students go for copy-pasting and subsequent re-writing, which most often leads to plagiarizing issues. Write from scratch only and don’t disguise someone else’s ideas as your own. Better write from scratch, it usually faster that way as well.
“Sleep on it”
Successful students know that writing and self-editing are two stand-alone tasks that must be done separately. Research and write in the evening, proofread in the morning. Clear-eyed and uncluttered view on a paper is absolutely key to carry out remarkable self-editing and find all the mistakes, typos and grammar discrepancies you left yesterday, for example. As a rule, poor self-editing is the number one reason why solid essays bring lower grades than they should have. Hence, you should know better because a too hasty burned his lips, as smart people say.