How to Hone Your Writing Style for Economics Essays

Published on 21 March 2022 by Edu Aid | Economics | For Students | Study and Exams Tips & Guide | Tuition

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A good portion of your economics grade hinges on the essay-writing component. Many of our economics tuition students had difficulty scoring well in their economics essay, whether it was completing their paper within the timeframe or knowing what to write for their essay. If you are also looking to do better in your economics essays, you have come to the right place! Read on to learn some important tips you can use to hone your writing style and drive the point home in your next economics essay.

What is a Good Writing Style?

You can write a 50-page essay about an important economics concept, but without a well-defined writing style, readers would get too bored to even finish reading the essay. Additionally, your examiners would find it tedious to go through the essay and try to figure out your points. When marking an entire cohort’s essays, a less-than-stellar writing style would simply be seen yet another of the ordinary essays, making it unlikely to score exceptionally well.

A good writing style should present your points succinctly, yet with sufficient evidence and explanation to support your arguments. Although you are not being examined for perfect language, your writing should still flow smoothly without any ambiguity. A top economics essay should make the examiners sit up in their chairs, genuinely interested in the paper because it is such a breath of fresh air to read.

To be sufficiently engaging, an essay should typically follow something along the lines of this structure: point, evidence, explanation. Avoid long walls of text by splitting your essay into multiple paragraphs. Your essay should start off with an introduction and thesis statement, followed by at least three paragraphs of content – one paragraph for each point you have. Always start new arguments in a new paragraph to make it easier for your examiners to identify your points. Lastly, you should end with a conclusion that summarises your arguments made and your final stand on the topic.

Structuring your essay is one thing, but it’s not all there is to completing a top economics essay. Even if you have the best essay structure, run-on or fragmented sentences can still detract from the quality of your essay. To really separate your essay from the rest, bear in mind these golden rules when you sit down to write.

Be Precise

Remember that you are writing an economics essay, not a fictional tale. Be straightforward and to-the-point in your writing to ensure that your reader knows what you are talking about. Refrain from using complex sentences as much as possible, as this can lower the readability of your essay. Ensure that every sentence contains no more than one idea – avoid unnecessary descriptions or addendums. If you absolutely need to extend a sentence, be sure to use transition words to improve the flow of your writing. This helps your paragraphs to feel more natural and links your points together, painting a more complete big picture of your argument.

Answer the Question

Since most economics questions are situation-based, we always tell our economics tuition students to clarify the scope of the question right at the top of their answer. This can include textbook definitions, diagrams, or any form of context to demonstrate how you have understood the question. Don’t gloss over the question or speed-read the context if any is given – even if the question sounds familiar, it may still be slightly different from what you have practiced in previous papers.

Use Keywords

It can be tempting to start writing straight away to make the most of your time. However, the first thing you should do when reading a new question is to highlight or circle important keywords. Keep these keywords in mind when crafting your response. The benefit of picking out the keywords in each question is that you will be able to address the question and give a relevant reply, which can score you more points. It minimises the chances that you may go off on a tangent by ensuring that you keep to the key idea of the question. In addition, you can also take five minutes to plan your essay and draft out the points you have in mind. Having an overview of your content helps you stay on track. It can also save you precious time if you decide that one point is too shaky or doesn’t hold enough water.

If finishing your economics essay is a difficult task for you, don’t fret. Writing is not every student’s forte, but with sufficient practice, you’ll be able to write like a natural and catch your examiners’ attention. The most important tip we can give from our experience with home tuition in Singapore is to keep practising and never give up.

With this knowledge, you’re now ready to write the best economics essay and ace your economics paper! Stay up-to-date with our blog for more of our tips from home tuition in Singapore.

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