Very Good and Very Bad Essay

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Some students perceive essay writing as a difficult task to undertake. The perception is because of various factors: some of them being the amount of research to be done and the time required, the difficulty to find appropriate sources or material, the failure to understand and to apply the gathered information into effective and professional prose. While this may be the prevailing situation in most academic institutions, it is true that there are students whose ability and intelligence enables them to write excellent essays. The question that begs to be answered is wherein lies the difference? In light of the above, the essay will discuss the differences between a very good essay and a very bad essay. It will also show how students can avoid writing very bad essays. According to The Concise Oxford English Dictionary an essay is defined as “a literary composition on any subject”. To bring it closer to the subject at hand, a History essay may be defined as an extended argument supported by evidence in answer to a specific problem or question about the past. In the case of the subject under discussion, ‘very good’ means excellent, brilliant or first-rate and ‘very bad’ means terrible or poor. These words will be used interchangeably to refer to the subjects to be distinguished. There are guidelines worth considering before the actual writing of an essay is done. Properly observed, these guidelines enable students to effectively write excellent essays; but if they are ignored, the student is likely to perform poorly in the exercise. The differences between the two are very clear as shall be seen in this paper. In discussing the differences, the paper will consider three aspects of essay writing: firstly, the research and plan, secondly, the structure and style, and thirdly, the grammar and style. It is therefore safe to conclude that both the excellent and the

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