If you find yourself writing long sentences, try to look for ways in which you can reword them to express what you’re trying to say more concisely.
It’s going to look obvious if you’ve had a thesaurus next to you while writing, just so that you can replace all the simple words with more complicated ones.
The thing is, it doesn’t always make you look intelligent; you may, for instance, inadvertently choose the wrong synonym, not realising that even close synonyms can have subtly different meanings or connotations.
Editing your essay before you submit it could mean the difference between a good grade and a brilliant one, so it’s worth taking fifteen minutes or so before you send it off just checking through it to make sure that the structure and wording is as good as it can be.
In this article, we give you some tips to think about when you’re editing your own writing.
These are just a few of the ways in which it might be possible to improve the structure, so it helps to keep in mind your overall argument and ensure your structure puts it across as effectively as possible.
With word processors now the primary means of writing essays, it couldn’t be easier to rearrange paragraphs into a more logical structure by dragging and dropping or cutting and pasting paragraphs.
Rephrase using alternative expressions, such as “what’s more”.
More unusual words should be used just once per paragraph – words such as “unavoidable”, for example – unless it’s for emphasis.
These are usually handwritten on the paper containing the text.
Symbols are interleaved in the text, while abbreviations may be placed in a margin with an arrow pointing to the problematic text.