Writing Tips for Creating an ‘A’ Caliber Essay

  • Don’t Use:

In my opinion       I think           I feel        I hope             

(We already know. It’s your essay!)

  • Don’t start sentences with and, but, or so.

So I had to leave after the bathroom incident.

      It weakens your essay.  Remember this is formal writing, not a conversation or dialogue in a story.

  • Always start strong! Your thesis and introduction is like making a first impression on your long lost crush.  Don’t jack it up!

Do not flatly announce your topic.

In this essay, I will      …                    The purpose of this essay…

      Sounds weak!  Get into the topic and find a better way to say it. It takes

a bit of practice.  Also, don’t start with a question.

Who, in fact, did exactly let the dogs out?

Again, weak!  This is probably acceptable for students in grades and lower.  Find a better, more direct way of introducing your topic.


  • Your essay should be clearly divided into paragraphs (Indent!! Don’t put an extra space between paragraphs.  Stick to ONE main point per paragraphs.  When you change topics or directions, start a new paragraph.  It lets the reader know VISUALLY that your point has shifted.
  • Finish Strong!  Having a weak conclusion is like blowing a 20 point lead in the fourth quarter.  Your conclusion should do the following:
  • Restate thesis using some of the same language or ‘echoes’ of the same language.
  • Brief summary of main points of the paper
  • End with a conclusive and clear point (never a question)

PROOFREAD!  PROOFREAD!  PROOFREAD!  One, twice, thrice, whatever!  Always print it out to proofread, and try reading it out loud.This is the most overlooked part of the writing process by students by far.


To write your essay perfectly you need to know some common transitional devices, we will cover them in the next post.