How to Make a Better ESSAY

How to Make an Essay Assessment
If you want to assess the essay you have written, therefore, you need to do the following checklist:

A. Content and Ideas

  • The writer has thought carefully about the topic and has a clear main idea, or thesis
  • The writer gives adequate support for the thesis, or main idea
  • There are no logical fallacies used to support the writer’s thesis
  • The writer;s voice is clear because he or she writes in a sincere way and keeps the audience in mind
  • The reader wants to continue reading to the end. It’s interesting.

B. Organization and Form

  • The essay has a clear beginning, middle and end. There are separate introductory, body and concluding paragraph. The thesis statement is clearly expressed in the Introduction.
  • The essay moves logically in a straight line: The reader can fully understand the thesis and support after one reading
  • There is balance: The paragraphs all seem to be the right length. No paragraph is either too long or too short for the writer;s purpose.

C. Language

  • The writer uses a variety of sentence lengths and types to add interest to the writing.
  • The writer avoids problem of sentence structure including fragments, run-on sentences, and lack of parallel-structure.
  • The writer uses English grammar effectively to convey the message. There are few problems of verb-tense, subject-verb agreement, word order, count/non count use, or word forms.
  • The writer chooses vocabulary carefully to communicate clearly.
  • The writer follows rules of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation
  • The writer uses cohesive devices to make the relationships between the ideas clear.
  • There are no illogical shifts in tense, person, or number. The tone is consistently formal.

Smallzer, William R. Write to be Read: Reading, Reflection, and Writing. 2nd edition. United Kingdom; The Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge. 1998.

Author: Syayid

Syayid Sandi Sukandi is a person who is just like you. He loves to meet new people. He likes to learn new things and opens his horizon to understand how this world works. He is happy to help you when he can. His personal blog is Sparkling Silent Silhouette ( He can be contacted at e-mails: or He has a YouTube channel @Mr.Syayid's Corner. He is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You may follow and subscribe to his creativity and works there. Enjoy different perspective and insightful ideas!

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