Ten Most Common
thousands of essays and some errors tend to recur.
10. The "kitchen sink" argument
argument throws in everything and discusses every topic an issue
in one paragraphs. Paragraphs are discrete units meant for discussing
a limited range of ideas. Narrow the scope of your paragraphs
and arguments into manageable units. On a larger level, limit
the scope of your essays. On issue questions, this is not an
opportunity to expound on your entire worldview.
Try to use interesting examples other than the usual Microsoft
example. Too many writers use microsoft and it gets tedious to
graders and is trite. Another is the "U.S. has low unemployment"
example for macroeconomic policy. Be more creative. Essay graders
have boring jobs and appreciate new twists.
casual language "really" "like" "u"
Don't write as if you are sending an email or use casual phrases.
not leave time to proofread at the end.
leave a few minutes to re-read your essay for typos and errors
at the end.
the Analysis of Issue as an Analysis of Argument.
As you'll read in the Guide, they require entirely different
Write in a concise manner that summarzies your points and provides
good examples. A paragraph with 12 sentences is too long.
new arguments or arguments in the conclusion
and conclusion are for summarzing your argument, not for bringing
in examples. The body paragraphs should be full of compelling
examples. Students commonly
introduce new arguments in the conclusion when the conclusion
should be used for restating your arguments. State your argument
in a new body essay.
Three way tie for #1 Most Common
The conclusion should wrap up your argument. Writing the AWA
essay is like running a mile race. You can't sprint a mile, you
have to pace yourself or you'll pass out at the end. AWA writers
"pass out" at the end and paste on a conclusion that
is one sentence long. The conclusion must summarize your points
effectively and restate your argument well.
You in Suspense.
The intro describes the writer's opinion but doesn't lay out
a structure for the argument. They state their opinion, but don't
say why. Use the intro to distill your arguments into three concise
sentences. One trick to solve this is to write the introduction
at the end.
Forgot the Example
Your body paragraphs must be anchored in compelling examples.
Provide clever examples for your points to illustrate them.