Almost every other week a student will send me a message or come and see me asking what they have to do to write the ‘perfect essay’ – what will set their work apart from all the rest so as to make it stand out and get the top mark in their course. For me the answer is always the same: make sure that whatever subject you are studying in you principally adhere to a ten step strategy – Write my Essay
(1) understand your question;
(2) plan your research;
(3) be strict with your results;
(4) use up to date materials;
(5) plan your work;
(6) express yourself clearly and succinctly in accordance with your subject;
(7) reference your work effectively;
(8) read your work through and check your grammar and spelling carefully;
(9) use effective paragraphing; and, most importantly of all,
(10) make sure you have plenty of scope to take your time.
Even then, however, this cannot guarantee you a ‘perfect’ result as there is still another unknown factor to be accounted for – the ‘human factor’. Essay typer
You can take every precaution possible in planning and writing your work, but you cannot effectively and absolutely judge as to how your assessor will look upon your work as you are not (unless you are someone like Derren Brown!) able to read your assessor’s mind and know what they consider to be the ‘X-Factor’ that will take you into the top marks. Who Invented homework
Occassionally, you may get lucky and be assessed by the same person that has taught you a subject so that you will be able to pick up on some of their idiosyncracies regarding their likes and dislikes in essay writing and in the essays that they mark (like block paragraphs, not just telling a story, writing short, sharp sentences, and not using ‘But’ to start a sentence). However, whilst these points are no doubt useful to your essay writing process, there is still a great deal left open to chance. This is because even if you cover all of the points that you know have to be covered because of the meticulous way that you have been taught the subject and the way in which you have studied does not mean that you are guaranteed a ‘top mark’.
At the same time, however, in spite of this line of thought that has come to be prevalent amongst educators and students that is not meant to be defeatist; it is only meant to lead students like you to question whether they are pushing themselves hard enough to achieve the best results. This is because, whilst the possibility of someone achieving 100% in some subjects at certain institutions may be a once in a blue moon occurrence for essay writing as a ‘Holy Grail’, if one aspires for 100% of the marks in any given essay writing assessment (or any other form of assessment for that matter) then you are more likely to achieve the top marks.
Of course, for those of you who are currently uninitiated in the ways of educational establishments that may be something of an oxmoron. To say that you will achieve top marks – ergo the ‘perfect essay’ – and yet do so without achieving 100% of the marks may sound a little strange until you consider that there are thresholds for the achievement of your grades. For example, a ‘C’ grade could be awarded for any mark between 40% and 55%, a ‘B’ grade could be for anything between 56% and 69% of the marks, whilst an ‘A’ grade is anything from 70% of the marks upwards. This may seem a little unbalanced on the face of it but I guarantee you that this is the grading system that many institutions that I have worked with look to work according to and, in terms of weird systems, it is just the tip of a very, very large iceberg!