Cut out words or sentences you don′t expressly need.
- Anything that you think sounds fancy or clever but doesn’t really contribute to your argument should go.
- “Kill your darlings” some minor points to your argument or phrasing that you’re really proud of may end up bogging down your essay. Be tough and cut them!
Have one focused train of thought.
- Does your essay branch off into sub-themes away from your thesis?
- Do you ever say anything which is slightly contradictory to other ideas that you’ve raised?
- Cut them! You need one sleek, logical, reasoned argument.
- Avoid repetition of techniques, ideas or quotes from the text – you want to show off your diversity.
- Also avoid repeating the same conjunctions “however, similarly, thus” in order to join your sentences – use variety.
- Don’t repeat adjectives either, especially ones like “engaging” and “insightful” to describe your text.
- However, it is good to repeat the keywords of the essay question!
- Be consistent in your reference to aspects of the text. Hopping around between “themes, ideas, notions and concerns” can be confusing for the reader, so pick one and stick to it.