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How to Write an A+ Essay without Plagiarism

Let's say you are a high school or university student, and you have an essay to write. You teacher or instructor has assigned an essay on a topic, and it's up to you to write that essay.

There are a number of services out there that promise to write your essay for you as a professional service. They promise that they are "100% Plagiarism Free," but all that means is that they will write your essay for you (rather than simply find something online), but it's still plagiarism. You know why? Plagiarism simply means that you are passing off another author's writing as your own, and is considered academic dishonesty.

Basically, at work, you can't pay someone to do your job for you and not expect to be fired. Similarly, at school, you can't pay someone to do your school work for you and not expect to fail (or be kicked out of school for cheating).

 

How to Write an A+ Essay without Plagiarism:

Okay, let's be real here. No one can actually promise that your essay is going to get an A+. That depends on you, the amount of work you put in, and your skill and knowledge about the subject matter. That said, there are a few easy peasy tips to help you write a good essay to get a good grade without cheating

 

Our Top Tips for Writing an A+ Essay

Keep these tips in mind when it comes to writing your essays for school, college, or university

 

  • First things first, read the essay topic clearly. If you write a really great essay that doesn't quite answer the question as asked, you may end up with a failing grade. When I was a high school teacher and then university professor, it used to break my heart to have to write DNAQ (does not answer question) across the top of an essay, usually accompanied by a failing grade!
  • Secondly, starting thinking about the assignment early. Getting started on an essay early so that your brain can begin processing the topic is a good idea. Look over the question; write out an idea for your introduction; and then when it comes time to write the rest of the essay, your brain may have done some of the groundwork for you Plan and organise your essay. All essay structures include an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Make a quick note of what things you want to cover in each body paragraph in advance and stick to that so that you avoid repeating yourself or circling back and around the topic.
  • Introduce stylistic variations by having different lengths and types of sentence formats and different length paragraphs. There are simple sentences, complex sentences, and compound sentences. Even if you don't know the definition of each of those (which I can tell you at the end of this post), you know that reading something with a variety of sentence lengths is going to be more interesting than reading something where every sentence is the same.
  • Use transitional words linking sentences and paragraphs. If you are moving from one topic to the next, use helpful linking words such as "however," "moreover," "subsequently," "likewise," and other words that show the logical connection between the various different points and ideas that you raise.
  • Make sure that your concluding paragraph clearly answers the "so what?" question of your essay. If you've made your instructor read an entire essay on a subject or topic and close off without ever clearly stating why your take on the subject or topic matters, then you'll leave your reader wanting more. They'll wonder what the point of it all was. So make sure to sum everything up and gesture towards the significance of whatever it is that you are writing about.

Honestly, writing essays really isn't all that difficult. The most difficult part is just getting started. No one likes to start and feel a bit out of our depth, but it's only by breaking our thoughts and ideas down into essay format that we clearly communicate by adding one logical idea onto the next one, building an argument as we go. It's only through the process of writing that we figure out what we really want to say and what evidence is required to say it convincingly. 

 

So don't be daunted. Don't be overwhelmed. Don't be anxious. Keep these tips in mind. And resist the temptation to get someone online to do the work for you!

 

BONUS SECTION:

Q: So what are simple, complex, and compound sentences anyway?

A: A simple sentence is made up of one independent clause. What this means is that there's one subject and verb. Something like: I went to the store. Where "I" is the subject and "went" is the verb.

A complex sentence as at least one subordinate clause added to its independent clause. What this means is that there are more subjects and verbs than in a simple sentence, but that the additional subjects and verbs aren't strong enough to make their own sentence all on their own. Something like: I went to the store that is known for selling bananas. In this case "I" and "went" are the foundations of the simple sentence, but "that is known" becomes the subordinate clause, because even though "is known" is a verb, the word "that" relies on the rest of the sentence (the antecedent object, "the store") to make any sense.

Now a compound sentence has two or more independent clauses that could stand on their own as separate sentences, but they've been joined together with a coordinating conjunction, which is a linking word such as "and" or "but." Something like: I went to the store and I bought bananas. In this case "I went" still work as a subject-verb combo for one independent clause, and "I bought" work as a second subject-verb combo for a second independent clause. But instead of writing those out as two sentences, I've used "and" to link them and compound them together.

In sum: simple sentence only needs one independent clause; a complex sentence has at least one subordinate clause in there somewhere; and a compound sentence has at least two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction.

To complicate things further, we can have compound subjects and objects, or compound-complex sentences, or compound sentences with more than two independent clauses, or complex sentences with more than one subordinate clause. But this footnote is becoming long enough to be its own blog post....so I'll stop now. My nerdiness is showing.

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