Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing an Academic Essay
Table of Contents
- The Most Common Mistakes in Essay Writing
- Providing a Synopsis rather than an Analysis
- Establishing a Weak Thesis Statement
- Overusing Quotes
- Making Grammar and Spelling Errors
- Making Bibliography Mistakes
- Using Non-Credible Resources
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The Most Common Mistakes in Essay Writing
Providing a Synopsis rather than an AnalysisWriting an essay on a book is not about restating its events. It is about doing research and analyzing the events. Only then will it count as an essay.
Establishing a Weak Thesis StatementYour essay needs to have a strong thesis statement. It is a hook that keeps one reading your work. Your thesis should be based on your opinion, as well as corroborative facts, and be very specific.
Overusing QuotesIf you use too many quotes from the book you’re analyzing or from the research you’re conducting, it decreases your own credibility as an author. Write in your own words. Analyze everything you’re including in your essay. Use quotes only when they express the eloquence that you cannot express by yourself.
PlagiarizingIt is a serious offence in all kinds of writing. It is defined by taking other people’s ideas or words and claiming them as your own. No educational institutions tolerate plagiarism. They often use various check tools and programs, but many professors can immediately determine if something in the essay was written by a student or was copied from somewhere else. So, never try to fool them. If you take someone else’s words directly, give credit. Also, you shouldn’t take a single article to rewrite it and tell that you wrote it yourself. Without a proper analysis and quotations, it is plagiarism as well. Express your own ideas and back them up with your research information.
Making Grammar and Spelling ErrorsWhen you’re writing your essay, never use the first or second person. Use only the third person (he/she/it/they). Make your sentences complete and coherent. Recheck your grammar several times and always use spell check.
Making Bibliography MistakesThe style of your bibliography should correspond with the essay style (MLA, APA, etc). Always check that it follows all the rules and requirements. You can’ let something as minor as a source list to spoil the mark for a good essay.
Using Non-Credible ResourcesWhen you google something, it is easy to find dozens of articles on almost any topic. But keep in mind that not all of them can be used as credible sources for an essay. The articles you use should be written by academic experts and peer-reviewed.