December 13, 2021

For the final essay, as well as any other exam, it is better not to prepare for the last night. An argument based on literary works is an obligatory part of the essay. No one, of course, requires a thorough knowledge of Martin Eden. You don’t need to set yourself the goal of knowing perfectly the texts from the school curriculum or Stephen King’s novels (although that can work to your advantage).


Smaller texts work best for essays: they are fairly quick to read and easy to remember. Optimally, they should be stories that are more or less known to a wider audience.


The next step is to read the texts if you don’t understand how they correspond to the chosen direction.


Another important aspect of preparation – practice. Practice writing texts in the format of a final essay: count the words, check whether your text corresponds to the topic (e.g., if you are asked whether a person should be responsible for his actions in front of society, and you write about the charms of sociophobia, this will be obviously not appropriate), assess how correct your arguments are. Better yet, seek help from, where they can help you prepare well for your essay or even your dissertation.


Remember that you can get “uncredited” for composition and the quality of your writing. Therefore:


  • Structure the text (break it up into understandable paragraphs, let the paragraphs be comparable in size to each other. If you see a huge paragraph next to an ultra-short one, correct it);
  • avoid clichés and clericalisms; this will come in handy in subsequent essays.

What to do right on the exam


  1. First – choose a topic. Do not panic when they are announced. Even if you see a topic in the form of a quote among them, that’s okay. It’s just a phrase that you need to interpret for yourself. Choose the topic that makes the most sense to you and one to which you can pick up an adequate argument.


  1. Think through your talking points. You should have at least three. Then it will be easier for you to organize your work logically and select arguments. For example, for the topic “What is the danger of indifference” you can write the following theses:


  • an indifferent person becomes callous, cold, unable to help others;
  • indifference makes people withdrawn and lonely;
  • indifferent people can turn a blind eye to outright evil, the principle “my house is on the edge” comes into play.


  1. Select a literary argumentation. For each thesis, give a different example. Whether they are from the same work or different ones is not so important. Remember that you should not write your arguments in one paragraph (you just can’t). That way they get lost and kill the structure of the text. And also – before each argument there must be a thesis, otherwise it is not clear why arguments are needed at all and what literary examples illustrate.


  1. Think about the introduction and conclusion. In terms of length, it is ideal if the introduction and conclusion together make up one-third of your essay. In the introduction, you can write about your understanding of the topic, about the meaning of the words included in it (if you remember suitable quotes or aphorisms – write them, too).


  1. Watch the volume (conjunctions and particles also count). Ideally, if the final figure exceeds 350. But even if it is 250 – not so bad, but for 249 will be issued “failing grade.


  1. Do not forget about the structure of the text. This is where introductory structures can be of great help. Of course, you can write an essay without them, but then it won’t always be logical. Using words like “thus,” “so,” “so,” “therefore,” and the like will facilitate the process of structuring the text. The logical structure of “thesis – argument, thesis – argument” has never failed anyone.
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