Summary: Students in high schools and colleges are required to write an essay on various topics very frequently. This article will focus on some most common mistakes that students make while writing an essay. |
According to a survey, three out of every five professors claimed that students make some very common mistakes. However, it is normal to make these mistakes because an essay seems to be fine with such errors until students read a sentence all over again. In fact, some students fail to recognize the mistakes even after reading the sentence again and again. This is because they are unaware of some very crucial writing rules that are taught in earlier grades and are usually not revised at higher grade levels. Whatever reasons lie behind these mistakes, it is necessary to learn about them because students tend to lose marks unnecessarily on essays.
The following are the common mistakes reported that students must take care of when writing an essay:
1) Writing as a second-person: When writing an essay, a very common mistake is that students begin their essay very smoothly using a third-person language but unintentionally use words such as ‘you’ or ‘your’ which lies in the category of a second-person language. This eventually breaks the flow of writing which makes the essay look unattractive to the reader. Also, this is counted as a going-against-the-rule error. Consequently, readers or examiners deduct marks for an unintentional mistake.
2) Sentence incompletion: Another common mistake is when students fail to complete a sentence that they start. Although this seems illogical, you will understand it as I elaborate the point. Each sentence needs a subject along with a verb to be completed. It is common for students to omit one of these which make the sentence incomplete. For example, the following sentence has a subject but no verb, making it look incomplete:
• Although the boy who broke the window, never accepts his mistake.
3) Unintentional use of contractions: Intense use of internet and the social media, high school and college students often use contractions such as don’t, won’t and couldn’t instead of do not, will not and could not. This is because they fail to realize the rule of slang language prohibition in official papers. An essay is meant to be formal and using contractions wipes off the professionalism that should be there in an essay.
4) Unnecessarily using ‘Difficult’ words: A survey proved that majority of high school and college students believe that they can score higher marks if they use difficult vocabulary words. Professors claim that this is not true because instead of using difficult words, students must use ‘correct’ words. This means that students often end up using wrong words at the wrong place simply because they are not sure about what it means. If students focus on these mistakes when writing an essay, they can eliminate up to 90% of the total mistakes they make.
Author Bio: Jeff Kyle is the head of the department of English Language and Creative writing at a University in Geneva. He earned his post-graduate degree in English Literature and Creative Writing Speedyessay
UK Essays from the University of Sheffield, UK.You can follow her on Twitter
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