Hello, everyone! Today we\’re back with some tips, this time, Online school Ones!
So we\’ve all been there. When you just realised that the really long, unnecessary essay you\’ve been casually putting off is suddenly due TODAY and you frantically message the ONLY person in your class who *Actually* might have done it? Haha, Normally I\’m that person people message. But anyway, today I was working on one of my essays and I thought of doing a blog about this.
So welcome to my quick, easy tips for how to LOOK like you\’ve spent longer than you actually did on an essay 🙂 Hope this helps a few of you out!
The first tip is probably the easiest one, and probably one you already do quite regularly, but I find it really important! The use of Headings. So simple yet so effective. Here\’s my recent Media Essay as an example:
Essays With heading vs Without heading👇
Why should I use a heading? (See what I did there? haha)
using a larger, underlined heading or subheading for each paragraph makes your essay look a lot more organised, and easier to read and skim through. Below Is my essay but without a heading. As you can see it makes it look more rushed, harder to read and not to mention it looks slightly copied and pasted. Using
This simple trick makes it look like you\’ve spent time organising your work when really you\’ve just added a couple of sentences 2 fonts larger 🙂
2) Spellchecking: (with my musical metaphors…)
Another quick tip! I know, I know. I suppose a lot of you are thinking \”Well I do this stuff anyway\” But Again, good spelling and grammar are a key indicator of how much time and effort you\’ve put into an essay, especially a hand-written one. Luckily, like a lot of us, if you\’re working online, then you can easily spell check your work in a few simple clicks. Taking the time to do this regularly minimises the chance of spelling errors and random letters creeping in, and that makes your writing look a LOT cleaner in the long run. All you musical people out there, think of it as playing a piece without that accidental note. It just makes the musical piece (AND your writing) sound (and look) a lot better. Plus, fun fact, some GCSE exams award 5% for good SPaG, so it\’s good to work on those skills now!
Using a spellchecker is also good if you have an essay due for your language course, as you can alter the language word spell checks in a few seconds, you\’ll never miss those accents again! So make use of the simple button at the corner of your screen!
3) The 0.5 larger font size.
Another sneaky tip is the font size. If you\’re REALLY running out of time, or it\’s so late you can\’t keep your eyes open to write another letter, then increasing the font size by this tiny amount can make a big difference. If you don\’t know how to increase your font size, click on the font size box, and type in your desired number, in this case, 0.5 bigger than your original font size. Here\’s the difference below:
👈Font size 12
👈Font size 12.5
As you can see, there is such a slight difference that if you have to write in a specific font size nobody\’s likely to notice, however, it makes your font big enough that overall it takes up more space in the document, not only that but it makes it look like you\’ve written more. Which is always good. I remember this one time someone got praise for writing a lot when they just had larger handwriting than me. So I can safely say it really does work.
4) \’Quickly\’ adding Quality
I\’m sure a lot of you have heard of the phrase \”Quality over Quantity\” or something like \”Slow and steady wins the race\” (Not sure how that applies here, but OK) Which basically means, for something to be good, you need to spend time on it. You need to work on it. With this tip, that\’s not entirely the case. Basically, with an essay, your teacher is looking for 4 specific things: Information, clarity, effectiveness and Details (I.C.E.D) So if you know how to Add those things QUICKLY and know what information to look for, then you can simply add a couple of sentences and make your essay a WHOLE lot better.
Add: The key Information (The I-)
-Look at the guidelines set by your teacher, if they have set specific things to include for your work.
-The 5 W\’s (Who, what, when, where, why)
Clarity (The C-)
-Follow all the clarity tips mentioned: Headings, spellchecking and make sure your sentences make sense. This is just a matter of checking over your work.
Effectiveness (The E-)
-This is just a fancy way of saying: Does your essay provide the message you want it too? Does it have all the relevant information? Is it easy to read and understand?
And finally The Details. (The \”D\”-)
This is just a way of quickly improving your essay with a few simple sentences and extra information.
-\”This is a difference/similarity between X & Y\”
(This is a useful one for English work) -\”This would make the reader/audience feel that\”
(This one I use a LOT myself) Feature/Event X is a key part of Y because.
A FRIENDLY REMINDER TO DO. YOUR. HOMEWORK ON TIME! 🙂 -the best tip i can give ahah