how to prepare for an essay writing contest

Ever heard the saying that proper preparation prevents poor performance
and also that practice makes perfect?

It’s the simple trick to achieving almost anything. Yes! Even winning an essay writing competition.

What’s An Essay?

Essays are brief, non-fiction compositions that describe, clarify, argue, or analyze a subject.

Students might encounter essay assignments in any school subject and at any level of school, from a personal experience “vacation” essay in middle school to a complex analysis of a scientific process in graduate school.

Components of an essay

An introduction
Thesis statement
Body &
Conclusion.
   

Forms Of Essay Writing

There four major types of essay writing.

Narrative Essay

This form of essay writing requires that the writer tells a story about a real-life experience or event.

Descriptive Essay

This form of essay writing requires that the writer creates a clear mental picture of a person or object.

Expository Essay

This form of essay writing as the name suggests, reveals or exposes the truth about something by giving almost undisputable facts.

Persuasive Essay


This is a type of essay written to convince the reader of a particular fact.

Following the announcement of the maiden edition of Innovative Future Essay Writing Competition, we’ve come up with a guide to help you prepare and excel, not only at this year’s writing competition but everywhere there’s an essay contest.

Are you ready? 

How To Prepare For An Essay Writing Competition


1. Get A Clear Sense Of The Essay Topic

If the writing topic for the essay competition has been disclosed, then the first step to take would be trying the understand the topic from the reader’s perspective.

Let’s help you understand better.

Topic For IF Essay Writing Competition

Highlighting The Positive Effects Of The Internet On The Modern Student

To help you get a clearer sense of this topic, you could look up

  1. The definition of a highlight
  2. What a positive effect represents
  3. The Internet and
  4. Use of the internet by modern students
Understanding these basic concepts can help you understand the reader’s viewpoint and places you in a better position to write what is required.


2. Get Your Resources

 

Just like you need raw materials to come up with a product, you also need some resources to come up with that perfect essay.

For an essay on ‘Combating negative peer influence,’ it would be beneficial to get a couple of books that are related to the essay topic. Studying these books will improve your understanding of the essay topic.

If you prefer studying online, then trying searching for related posts on the essay topic using the Google Search.

Try searching for posts using keywords such as ‘Peer pressure, peer influence, negative peer influence, how peers affect each other, and other related keywords.

3.Study Essays


Going through essays, especially those related to the disclosed topic serves as a huge boost.

Consider different writers diction and sequence of thoughts presentation. This helps you upgrade your writing skill set.

Research has it that lovers of literary works are better writers.

4.Practice Writing


You may be a very good writer, but writing prior to a competition gets you in the rhythm and you could actually discover that you can write a lot under a limited time.

The thoughts will flow as quick as your pen does.

Try different writing styles. Employ the idioms and use the correct figures of speech.

When you’re done with each writing, get someone (preferably an English Tutor) to grade your work.


5.Know and Practice Exam Ethics


This includes a good understanding of the behaviors and actions that constitute obedience or cheating in an exam.


Keeping to exam ethics represents safe passage to the grading system. This is because defaulters to exam ethics are screened out even before the actual grading begins.

This link gives you an insight into exam ethics.

Conclusion

Proper preparation promotes proper performance in any activity. You can get to the podium just by putting in an extra shift.

You’ve done the first step by reading this post.
Now, you can get to work!

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Wilfred Michael
Wilfred Michael is a tech lover with a passion for writing articles in the field. He is diligent, creative, friendly and easy going with folks who share the same goals or work in the same space. He is also religious and has a little thing for soccer. Wilfred is a big fan of the blockchain technology!

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