Being able to write a good academic paper is extremely beneficial when you are in college. If you were lucky, you took a class or two in high school that helped you prepare for college level writing. There are a few key things to remember when writing a good academic paper, especially if you are facing a synthesis essay for an exam. You will encounter the synthesis essay quite a bit during your years at college, and the more you understand the basics of how to write a good one, the better.
If you don’t already know, a synthesis essay is used to check your understanding of a piece of text, your understanding of a concept. A synthesis essay can also be used to simplify a piece of technical writing for potential readers. Writing a synthesis essay is a little different from a research paper, so you need to know where the differences are, and how to make you piece stand out. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you ace your next exam paper.
One thing I remember receiving criticism on when I was in college was not giving enough examples to back up my points. Examples help to support your argument, and they make your essay a lot stronger. Not using examples will make your argument seem weak, and you will receive a lower grade. Proper reinforcing your argument will strengthen your essay, and increase your score.
Another difference you will see is that every paragraph should mention the thesis statement. When planning out the sequence of the paper, each paragraph should include the main idea, and then you should further your argument including details plus examples to support the main idea.
Having three points or examples of why your argument or main idea is correct will make your paper stronger. If you have fewer points to make, your argument will seem weak, and it will show that you are not very knowledgeable about your topic. When you choose your three points, make sure your strongest example is used last. Your reader will best remember your last point, so you need to make sure that it is the strongest and the most powerful of the three.
When wrapping up your synthesis essay, make sure to summarize all your points to show the synthesis of your argument. Make sure your points are stated clearly, as well as your main idea.
Synthesis essays are unavoidable. But if you know the proper steps to write a good one, you should have no problems on your next exam.