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First of all, let me say that I'm really proud of you for wanting to improve. And yes, with a little bit of help, you CAN - -

the absolute BEST and first resource should be your teacher. I would recommend that you TALK to him/her - - they DO have the resources, and yes, they want to help you - but you have to ask! They are not going to approach you, until you are already failing, and even then may not - - it is your responsibility, but they ARE available.

Ask them what you can do VERY specifically, to work on some specific area, at a time - is it your sentence structure, your grammar, your spelling, punctuation? - - they would know, and yes, would talk to you, and set some specific goals for you - perhaps you can do some extra writing lessons to try to bring up your average - -

If you have access to a good library, talk to the librarian - ask about books that target this specific issue - "how to improve your writing" - - you may even get some credit in your class for reading a study book - - sure does not hurt to ask.

Be sure that you have a good study environment - being continuously distracted, by noise, people interrupting, boredom, too much music, etc, can be very detrimental, and could ease a lot of the problems, simply by eliminating some of that.

As a teacher myself, when a student comes to me and asks for help, I am very happy to "open the floodgates" of resources, and yes, offer them a chance to improve - - that is, after all, what teachers are paid to do! And it IS a resource that is available to you, for FREE! Take advantage of it!

good luck, and
hang in there - WANTING to improve, is definitely the first and most important step!

Source(s): I've been a teacher for many years.

tammeran · 8 years ago

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Best Answer:  1. First answer your question in a list format. If someone on the street asked you "why be normal", without going into any detail, how would you anwer the question. Just list the anwers. No explanations needed. Try to think of concrete answers. "Because it is stupid" will not work so well but, "trying to be normal puts undo stress on a person" or "being normal is just another way of giving into peer pressure" give you much more to work with.


2. Choose about 4 or 5 of the best answers from your list that you want to elaberate on. These will be your main points in the essay.

3. Next, take each point and list any supporting evidence that you can use to elaberate. You need definitions, statistics, examples, quotes from famous people or from psychologists (make sure to cite your sources and do not plagarize ideas) etc...
Concentrate on one point at a time. Gather as much supporting evidence as you can. You can always skim down later. You are still in the organizing stage so it is ok to have too much to work with than not enough.
It may work well to get 3x5 cards and list each piece of info on a card that will support your point. You need much more than your opinion so go do some research.
Remember: You are NOT trying to find supporting evidence on the broad topic of being normal. There may not be much out there. But finding evidence on peer pressure will be much easier.

4. Once you have all the supporting evidence for each individual point you will make in your essay now is the time to decide what to use. You need to break down your essay into beginning, middle, and end. Plan to write about 2 good solid paragraphs for your beginning, and 2 good solid paragraphs for your end. That leaves a lot for the middle. With a 5 page essay you can discuss 5 points in a little less than 1 page each point. You can discuss 4 points in a little more than 1 page each.
So, from your cards with supporting evidence, pick out the most solid and interesting pieces of info that you can write about. Some pieces of evidence may need a few paragraphs to explain, others may need only one. Toss aside the cards you will not be using and keep only the ones you will be discussing in your essay (do not throw away yet).

5. Now, write a really good beginning. Choose a really shocking statistic or really cool (very short) example, or a short list of things from your supporting evidences to start your essay off with and hook your reader. Then, from there explain the topic of your paper. Tell the reader what they are about to read about. You can even list the main points right there in the beginning so they know what to look forward too.
Keep your beginning short. 2 paragraphs at the most. Save the details for the body of the essay. The beginning is just to introduce the topic, interest the reader in the topic and maybe introduce the points you will discuss.

6. Time for the body of the paper. Start with each point. Tell the reader what point you are making and now write about each of the supporting evidences you chose. Stick to only those pieces of info you chose to use and nothing more. State each evidence once and explain it. Do not repeat yourself or explain what you already explained. This will prevent rambling and long winded opinions. If you find that you need to write more then add more evidences from the discard pile. If you have written too much then first search for areas where you over explained (cut there firt) or cut out a piece of supporting evidence that really may not need to be there.
You want each point to be discussed evenly. Do not discuss point #2 in only 2 paragraphs and point #3 in 2 pages. Having the space limit prevents you from over elaborating and under explaining.

7. Last, have a great conclusion. Sum it all up. Tie it all together. Tell the reader why everything you just wrote about is important.
Keep it short. 2 paragraphs.

Hope that helps.
Sorry for any typos or bad spelling

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Triplescoop · 1 decade ago

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