50-Point Checklist to Write an A+ Essay for You

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Essay writing can be easy if you take a strategic approach to the process. The variety of requirements, including the format intricacies and language peculiarities, can make your head spin. It's easier to forget something than not. This, however, will never be the case if you use the following all-inclusive checklist that covers everything.

Enjoy this 50-point checklist to write an A+ essay, made by our custom term paper writing service for you (or even print it out):

structure 50 point checklist

Logical structure is the first thing you should start editing. Ignore it and everything is lost. Nail it and it'll be a perfect start for a perfect essay for you.

1 Does your essay have an introduction (about 10% of total word count), conclusion (about 10% of total word count) and several body paragraphs (the rest of word count)? Yes
No
2 Does your essay have a thesis statement at the end of the introduction paragraph? (a sentence or two briefly summarizing your main conclusions) Yes
No
3 Does your thesis statement rock?
A. Does it express a distinct point of view?
B. Does it pass the 'so what' question?
C. Does it give a roadmap for the entire paper?
Yes
No
4 Is the rest of the paper connected with the ideas expressed in the thesis statement? Yes
No
5 Does your introduction contain an attention hook (an interesting fact, a quote, stats, a story or disturbing observations)? Yes
No
6 Do your main body paragraphs have a hamburger structure? (An opening sentence briefly summarizing the main point you're going to present, actually arguments and a closing concluding sentence repeating what the paragraph has said and making transition to the next section)? Yes
No
7 Are there transition sentences between the different sections of your paper that make it flow? Yes
No
8 Is your conclusion free from any new information not covered in the previous sections? Yes
No
9 Does your conclusion offer any directions for further research or practical implications of what has been discussed? Yes
No
10 Is your essay easy to read? Are the sentences reasonably long? Yes
No
essay grammar 50 point

Grammar should not be disappointing. Here are top 10 points deserving your attention. Grammar should not be an issue for your essay.

11 Subject – verb agreement
Wrong: She and her friends goes to the zoo.
Correct: She and her friends go to the zoo.
Yes
No
12 Pronoun-antecedent agreement
Wrong: Everyone has unwrapped their presents.
Correct: Everyone has unwrapped his or her present.
Yes
No
13 Tense shift
Wrong: She said she will be a rock star.
Correct: She said she would be a rock star.
Yes
No
14 Faulty parallelism
Wrong: She likes singing, dancing and to chat with friends on Facebook.
Correct: She likes singing, dancing and chatting with friends on Facebook.
Yes
No
15 Passive voice
Wrong: The window was closed by my sister.
Correct: My sister closed the window.
Yes
No
16 'There are' sentences which can be usually improved.
Wrong: There are 20 students in our class.
Correct: Or class has 20 students.
Yes
No
17 Vague pronoun reference
Wrong: Jim offended his stepfather, but it did not stop him from asking for help.
Correct: Jim offended his stepfather, but it did not stop the young man from asking for help.
Yes
No
18 Misplaced or dangling modifiers
Wrong: When writing an essay, requirements can be unclear.
Correct: When writing an essay, a student can find requirements unclear.
Yes
No
19 Apostrophes
Wrong: The students' studying rituals' can be extraordinary.
Correct: The students' studying rituals' can be extraordinary.
Yes
No
20 Easily confused words:
Affect/effect, accept/except, lead/led etc.
Yes
No
essay style 50 points

Style is like your face as a writer. It can make all the difference between a Facebook post and an A+ essay for you.

21 No slang or semi-official language (awesome, cool, kids) Yes
No
22 No contracted forms (isn't, he's etc.) Yes
No
23 No phrasal verbs (get off, go on, sit down.) Yes
No
24 No vague and overused words, such as thing, mater, thing. Yes
No
25 No first person pronouns (I, we, my, our)
*Unless it is required in your task.
Yes
No
26 Some sentences start with impersonal pronouns (It is argued that, It is believed that...) Yes
No
27 Some sentences include modal verbs can, could, may, might, which soften your claims. Yes
No
28 All judgments are cautious and non-discriminative (no blacks and Indians, but African Americans and Native Americans.) Yes
No
29 Connecting words act like glue, connecting the different parts of your essay and making the relations between different parts clear. Yes
No
30 No biased opinions. All claims are supported with arguments and research of trusted scholars. Yes
No
punctuation 50 point checklist

Punctuation matters as well. Hold on, just a few final touches will bring you one big step closer to your super quality academic essay.

31 No sentence fragments
Wrong: Although caffeine can have negative implications for nervous system.
Correct: Although caffeine can have negative implications for a nervous system, students drink a lot of coffee when studying for finals.
Yes
No
32 Comas after introductory elements
Wrong: When it comes to the choice of a movie people differ in their tastes.
Correct: When it comes to the choice of a movie, people differ in their tastes.
Yes
No
33 No superfluous comas
Wrong: Dark chocolate can have a number of positive effects, such as, enhancing cognitive ability and keeping awake.
Correct: Dark chocolate can have a number of positive effects, such as enhancing cognitive ability and keeping awake.
Yes
No
34 No run-on sentences
Wrong: He passed all exams and his friends invited him to the beach.
Correct: He passed all exams, and his friends invited him to the beach.
Yes
No
35 Comas with non-restrictive elements
Wrong: My coat which I bought the day I met John was old fashioned, but I loved it.
Correct: My coat, which I bought the day, I met John was old fashioned, but I loved it.
Yes
No
36 No quotation marks for emphasis
Wrong: There is no such thing as "free" lunch.
Correct: There is no such thing as free lunch.
Yes
No
37 Punctuation within quotation marks
Wrong: "To be or not to be: that is the question".
Correct: "To be or not to be: that is the question."
Yes
No
38 Conjunctions connecting smaller parts of complex and compound sentences.
Wrong: We wanted to stay at home we found a great series on TV.
Correct: We wanted to stay at home, and we found a great series on TV.
Yes
No
39 No misplaced hyphens
Wrong: Home-work free holidays are every student's dream.
Correct: Homework-free holidays are every student's dream.
Yes
No
40 No monotonous sentence structures
Wrong: I cooked a dinner. I watched TV. I went to bed early.
Correct: I cooked a dinner before I started watching TV, and it allowed me to go to be earlier.
Yes
No
essay format 50 point checklist

Format is the last but not least step to an A+ essay for you.

41 Margins 1 inch (2.54 cm) on all sides Yes
No
42 Font Arial (or Times New Roman) 12 Yes
No
43 Double spacing Yes
No
44 Title page (if it’s not MLA style) Yes
No
45 Reference list Yes
No
46 Properly formatted in-text quotations Yes
No
47 Every in-text quotation has a corresponding entry in the reference list. Yes
No
48 Every entry in the reference list has at least one in-text quotation. Yes
No
49 All important information (stats, figures, scholars’ discoveries) has citations showing where it was found. Yes
No
50 Appendices (if any) start on a new page after the reference list. Yes
No

So, that was a quick but comprehensive self-editing essay checklist for you. Please let us know if it helped you eliminate some errors from your papers.