While in high school, your teachers may have told you to remove the first-person pronoun “I,” “we,” or “you” from most of your academic writing, whether in the framework of a personal opinion, a portrayal of personal experience, or just a phrase such as “I do not like school.” But sometimes your personal experiences can add an emotional part to otherwise factual evidence you’re presenting, and feeling free to use “I” from time to time can help you evade some awkward sentence structures.
Yet, while doing that, you have to remember about other individuals’ opinions and write accordingly. You have to listen to the voices of your educators, mentors, and peers that give you feedback about how you’re writing. A remote individual opinion is not a thesis on its own worthy of elaborating in writing.
It’s great to be have the ability to be good with grammar and punctuation. However, you can still write a paper with all the grammar and punctuation correct but without a thesis statement, poor elaboration, not enough support, or other problems of think, and thinking and exploring your ideas is what every educator wants from the students. Of course, the readers always expect good grammar and punctuation in your writing to be able to clearly follow and understand your ideas on your writing. Missing a comma or putting an extra one does not mean the end of the world and will probably not affect you in any way.
The five-paragraph essay format that you had been taught and engraved in your mind since fifth grade is a great model for an SAT writing exam but an extremely lousy model for a 10-page research paper you are now required to do in college. Although many of what you have been taught is still used on college writing tasks, such as, a thesis statement, structure, and organization, but now you are required to build on those and learn different formats with different writing purposes.
What you need to know to write an essay is the general structure it requires. You start it with an introduction, body paragraphs, and then a conclusion. The length, for example, of the body paragraphs will vary depending on how long your essay has to be. The basic five paragraph essay just needs one paragraph for each, the introduction and conclusion, and three body paragraphs. Longer essays may need up to two introduction and conclusion paragraphs just to sum up all the information that you are going to present. Following this basic structure can help you have a clear flow of your essay and therefore…