Essays (essai – “experience”, “sketch”) – a journalistic genre, which is a reflection on a problem; free, but reasoned intellectual search. The essay assumes the author’s individual position. The essay implies freedom of creativity. Here you are the only creator. An essay can have many goals, but the basic structure remains unchanged.

Collect and write down all the topics for the essay. Recollect examples from your life experience that fit under these topics. Write everything that comes to mind. Everyone writes about the same thing. Your task is to stand out. Your essay should be original and different from the other. Make sure that you touch the original theme. You need to demonstrate a unique approach to the topic. Your idea should be supported by good examples or stories. It is also important to remember that people do not have some knowledge. It is not necessary to write special terms or things that are difficult for other people to understand. Read your essay and make sure that it characterizes you as a person. And also, that the topic is significant for you. You must show interest in the topic and find an original approach.

Before writing an essay, answer the following questions:

Why graduate school and why this graduate school?

– Why graduate school now?

– What will I get out of graduate school and what will I contribute to my classmates?

Keep these questions in your head when composing an essay plan and when writing an essay. Answer the questions directly, honestly and openly, it’s just preparation!

How to improve the effectiveness of writing essays:

-Use several monitors. Your productivity can increase to 50% using more than one screen (According to Microsoft). Use different devices. For example, you can use a tablet or laptop for research and writing an essay.

– Use the same table. The study, Business Insider in 2013, showed an increase in productivity by 10%. A higher level of energy and better concentration as a result of using the same table.

– Technique Pomodoro. Alternative work and rest for maximum performance. Tactics developed in the late 1980s imply the division of the work into intervals of 25 minutes in length. They are followed by short breaks (5-10 minutes). These intervals are called “pomodoros”, (from Italian – tomatoes). The author of this method Francesco Cirilo, used a kitchen timer, which has the form of a tomato, for self-control.

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