Intro on Great Essays
Hey guys, this is part of an ongoing series that I am going to make on lifehacks. It’s gonna range from many different things like saving time and staying in shape, or getting things done, etcetera. This one is going to be about how to write essays. But with this knowledge you will improve your language skills in general, which will improve many other aspects of your life as well. Let’s take a look at some secrets on how to write great essays.
Great Essays Use Wide Array of Words
So, how to write great essays? The first tip I have for you is to use a thesaurus regularly for your writing. If you are not already doing this, it can dramatically improve the clarity and beauty of your text. Every couple of sentences or so, take a key word from a sentence and try to find a synonym for it.
If some of the synonyms that come up are unfamiliar to you, look up the definition in a dictionary. But be careful, only use words that are familiar enough, otherwise you might eventually write something that you did not mean at all.
The point of doing this in essence is to improve your vocabulary. In writing, having a broad vocabulary is one of the most important characteristic one could have. Using an extensive array of words can make your text look more interesting, and less boring because you won’t have to repeat words all the time.
Word of the Day
Another great way of improving your vocabulary in general is to get one of those dictionary apps on your phone and learning the word of the day. Many dictionaries do this now. If you are somehow unable to do this you can also just grab a dictionary and learn a random word every day (or even more if you are interested, the more the better!).
Finally, if you are reading texts yourself, try to look up any word that you do not know. This is perhaps the best way of adding words to your vocabulary, because you immediately see the word in context as well. It is difficult for us humans to see a word in isolation, and then rapidly know how to use it through intuition. That makes this the most efficient way to learn new words.
Roll up Your Sleeves and Do it
You might be thinking, meh this sounds like a lot of work, I don’t really feel like doing it. And while I would agree, yes, it is take some effort, but it only does so in the beginning! As you learn more and more words, you’re gonna have to look up words less and less with each passing day. When I write essays now, I use a thesaurus maybe 4 or 5 times, and when I first started out at university, I used it maybe 50 times!
Also, when I read very difficult philosophical texts, I barely have to look up words at all. So in the end, if you wanna become a cool scienctist, but you don’t want to do too much work, this is a great way to save time in the end! You will also save a lot of energy eventually, because you don’t have to stress about the fact that you don’t understand the difficult readings.
So, to conclude, I highly recommend anyone who is interested in science, writing, or just learning new things in general to improve their vocabulary. This will be an investment that will completely change your life, and will open up doors that you wouldn’t dare to dream about.
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