How to improve your essay?

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Read the sentences from the end.

It is sometimes difficult to use the correct grammar even for those who are fluent in English. In fact, you even have an advantage here because you learn English. Many native speakers memorize incorrect grammar from childhood. It is very difficult to relearn if all your life you wrote with errors!

While you are learning English, take grammar practice and proper sentence structures seriously. One way to identify errors in your texts is to read sentences from the end (start with the last word and move on to the first). So you will not be fooled by how the words sound in your head.

Is everything in the correct grammatical time (past, present, future, etc.)? If you write about plural forms, do possessive nouns refer to plural? Are the apostrophes right? Do all sentences end with punctuation marks (full stop, question, exclamation)? Reading sentences from the end, you concentrate on the rules of grammar, and not on the sentence itself.

Use online thesauruses and dictionaries.

You, probably, have already learned a lot of interesting vocabulary when preparing for the entrance exams. But, before you start using this vocabulary in academic essays, you need to know exactly what they mean in the context of your essay. For this very useful dictionary.

A thesaurus is another useful essay writing tool. In the thesaurus, you will find many synonyms, that is, words with a similar or the same meaning as the word you are looking for. This is important because it can add volume to your essay and increase the impression of your words.

For example, you write about cooking, and then the words “stir” and “add” may occur too often. These repetitions quickly bored your readers.

So instead of constantly writing “Add the tomato” and “add the eggs”, work with the thesaurus and find phrases like “whisk in the eggs” or “gently fold in the tomatoes”. Feel the difference? These sentences sound much better and show that you are interested in what you are writing about.

A visual thesaurus is a website that serves the same purpose as a regular thesaurus, but it also shows how the words are related. For example, if you enter the word “stir”, you will immediately see a whole range of other words that are associated with the word “stir” lines. Here you can click on any word from the circle (like “move,” in our case) and then see all the words associated with that word. So you will quickly find and learn new words, and it is also interesting!