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Vary your sentence structure - Nothing seems more unsophisticated than an uninterrupted succession of subject-verb constructions. Take a series of sentences like the following as an example: "Moby Dick can symbolize both a manifestation of God or of the ultimate evil." Here are just a few of the variations you can make:
Combine short sentences - Try reading your paper out loud. If it seems choppy it can likely be remedied by your grouping short sentences into longer, more complex ones. For example:
"Gatsby's obsession with Daisy has deeper implications. He becomes obsessed with escaping his own past."
This would be much stronger if combined:
"Gatsby's obsession with Daisy eventually translates into a yearning to escape his own past."
Don't use passive voice - Plain and simple. It makes your writing weak.
Bad: "This fact was proven by Napoleon's subsequent actions."
Good: "Napoleon proved this fact through his subsequent actions." The object of the sentence should never be turned into the subject.
Maintain consistency in tense - Don't drift from the present to the past to the conditional (from "he is" to "he was" to "he would have").
Some things to avoid wherever possible:
|Lesson 1: Thesis|
|Lesson 2: Introduction|
|Lesson 3: Topic Sentences|
|Lesson 4: Close Readings|
|Lesson 5: Integrating Sources|
|Lesson 6: Strategies|
|Lesson 7: Structural Issues|
|Lesson 8: Grammar and Style|
|Lesson 9: Conclusion|
|Lesson 10: Citations|
|Lesson 11: Editing & Revising|
|Example Term Papers|