6 Practical Tips for Writing an Excellent History Essay

Whoever went to high school or college knows how many essays he had to write. This is, along with exams, one of the most common ways professors test students ’knowledge. But unlike the exam, it also checks how students understand and how willing they are to explore the topic. Essays are written for each subject, and history ones are among the most common because it is suitable for writing due to the nature of the topic. In addition to knowledge of the topic being written about, it is necessary to have literary skills, as well as knowledge of how to write an essay. The answer must be clear and constructed in a certain way.

This is a big problem for many who do not have literary skills. Many decide to use sites like that offer professional writing services, as they are afraid they might make many mistakes and then fail.  But you don’t have to be a writer to write a good essay. However, it is a demanding task and that is why you will benefit from our practical advice that we will give you in this article.

1. Study the topic you are writing about minutely


You may be a Nobel Prize winner in literature, but if you don’t have enough information and don’t understand enough about the topic you are writing about, literary skills won’t help you. This is something that students who are talented at writing often overlook. Start studying the topic as soon as it is assigned to you. Don’t start writing right away. Read as much information as you can find. Focus on everything, don’t think that something is less and something is more important. In order to write a really good paper, it is necessary to be detailed in studying the topic. Use different sources and check the authenticity of the source. Wikipedia is an enticing and easily accessible source, there is no guarantee as to the veracity of the information you will find there. So read from reliable sources. Also, find out if there are shows on the subject on channels like History. This will make it easier and faster for you to learn new information. It is easier for a person to remember what he sees and listens to than what he reads. Basically, do your best, so that once you start writing, you already have a clear plan in your head for what the essay should look like. You will elaborate as you write, but have a plan for what it will all look like in the end.

2. Write a good introduction


We will not exaggerate if we say that the introduction is perhaps the most important part of the whole essay. In the introduction, you must interest the reader in order to read the rest with full attention. If the introduction is not interesting and well written, it is very likely that the reader will not pay attention to the rest of the work, but will read it quickly, skipping parts. Be concise and clear. Explain what you are going to write about and briefly introduce the reader to what awaits him in the rest. Give him just enough information to get him interested in finding out the answer in the rest of the essay. Not too little or too much info in the introduction.

3. Make a plan


You have to make a plan. You need to have structure and stick to it. Organize all the notes you have made and come up with when to use which one. Also, decide how you will connect the parts so that they form one homogeneous whole. The essay must never look like you collected parts from different sources and then wrote them one after the other. Everything must be connected. This part is a problem for many. They fail to make a plan that they can stick to. If you see that you are failing to successfully finish this step the right way, it may be time to turn to professionals, such as, for help.

4. Paragraphs should not be too short


The paragraphs should never be too short. Paragraphs that have only two sentences spoil the look of the essay. Each paragraph must have at least two hundred words. And everyone needs to answer a question. It is best to start with a sentence that is usually called a topic sentence. In this way, you will introduce the reader to what he will read in that paragraph. You should not neglect the importance of every part of the essay.

5. An effective conclusion


The final paragraph, which we call the conclusion, must be effective. In it, you need to look back at everything you have written and then finish in the right way. It must not be abrupt, because it will spoil the impression of the reader. Try to write it to be informative, but also nicely written.

6. Don’t forget references, editing, and proofreading


Throughout the writing process, write down references. What you must not allow is to fail to write down the sources of your information and ideas. You must list all citations and references. Otherwise, you may run into a big problem. Your essay will not be accepted, and plagiarism is even a crime, so you don’t want anyone to sue you for it. Referencing gives you permission to write about whatever you want.

Next, edit the text. It leaves a bad impression if the text is not edited. Be detailed and take the time to edit, so that technical things do not ruin all your efforts.

And finally, proofreading. Read it many times and use programs that will help you with that. Eliminate all grammatical errors, spelling errors, typing errors, and other errors. Also, check once again that you have stated all the historical facts correctly. You can seek the help of your mentor for this. And let someone else help you with proofreading. Have one or two people read and point out the mistakes they noticed. Only then will you be sure that the essay is ready to submit.


Few more tips. You should write in the third person and always write in the past tense. When you follow all these tips we have given you, you will surely write an excellent history essay.

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