- An essay is not a report.
You must have some kind of bias, which is your opinion that
you're trying to prove, using facts.
- Generally, all essays are
expected to be typed up with standard font, double-spaced lines,
and printed on only one side of each page. The heading
style depends on your instructor.
- Content is more important than
grammar. You can have good content with poor grammar, but
it's practically impossible to use good grammar to say nothing.
- Expect to revise. For that
reason, you can save yourself lots of time by saving the
- Any information that is not from
your own head must be cited, whether you use a quotation or a
Writers of Everything
- The format of what you write
shows the reader immediately what it is and what your purpose
is. A business
letter always looks like a business letter and quite different
from an essay, a memo, or a report. So you need to follow
formatting expectations carefully.
- Most people need
to take another look at what they've written to make sure it
says what they intended. Just writing something and
sending it out without another check (like people do on email)
is an invitation for disaster. Get in the habit of looking
it over before the final submission.