Here are several more tips for a successful sample-essay:
Follow the correct format:
1 inch margins from all sides
Times new roman or Arial, font 12
Double spaced
Use 2-3 references (make sure to include in-text citations and then put an entry to the References page)
In order to make your paper logical we recommend choosing ‘5-paragraph essay‘ structure for your sample-paper. This is the most common and easily understandable structure for a short essay. In 5-paragraph essay each paragraph has its purpose:
1st – introductory paragraph. This should contain a thesis sentence, the main idea your paper will defend or narrate about.
2nd, 3rd and 4th – body paragraphs. Each paragraph should represent specific idea or thought that is important for your essay, and should contribute into supporting the key argument of your essay.
5th paragraph – conclusion. This last paragraph should not contain new ideas. It should only summarize the ideas you have already laid out in your paper and logically conclude the entire writing.
What to avoid in your writing:
Run-on sentences – a type of sentence in which 2 or more independent ideas are not separated by commas or full stops. Such sentences are messy and are generally considered a mistake typical for a primitive writing style.
Too short or too large paragraphs – each paragraph should not be less than 3 lines and should not exceed your other paragraphs. The amount of writing required to support your ideas should be more or less equal. The paragraphs should also not be too short since they all have to contain their own introductory sentence, body part and concluding sentence.
Huge citations – cite original sources only when it is really needed. Avoid useless citations intended merely to pour the water in your writing. Also, be sure to correctly format your citations according to chosen citation style. Remember to use specific format requirements for large citations (check your chosen citation style guide for more details).
Confused thoughts and ideas – it is important that your writing is easily understandable and ‘user-friendly‘. Whatever is the topic of your writing, it should be easy for reading. Avoid complicacy and rather simplify your thoughts.
Proofread your writing after completion.
Do not copy-paste. Plagiarized papers will be turned down immediately. An essay should contain your ideas, or your research. Be careful to cite your sources appropriately whenever you outsource your information.