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Essay Skills
Determine the Purpose for Writing
Formulate a Thesis or Statement of Main Idea
Organize Ideas and Details Effectively
Provide Adequate, Relevant Supporting Material
Use Effective Transitions
Demonstrate a Mature Command of Language
Avoid Inappropriate Use of Slang, Jargon, and Cliches
Use a Variety of Sentence Patterns Effectively
Maintain a Consistent Point of View
Practice Writing an Essay

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Essay Skills

The topics presented on the previous page lend themselves to exposition because the writer can state his or her position and then explain ideas or information to support it.

The best method for preparing oneself for this type of task is to write a practice essay, evaluate it, learn from the experience, and then write another essay.

This section on writing essays gives you the information needed to improve your ability to submit an acceptable essay. The information is here, but improvement is gained by repeatedly writing and evaluating your own essays. A gradual improvement can be expected on each essay if this process is followed.

Choose one of the sample topics and follow the process described in this section. When completed, you will have the opportunity to submit your essay for an objective evaluation that will give you an opinion other than your own of the quality of your work.