Essays are an important part of your application to the Abdulla Al

Essays are an important part of your application to the Abdulla Al
Essays are an important part of your
application to the Abdulla Al Ghurair
Foundation for Education. We understand
that writing can be difficult, especially when
it’s not in your native language. Here are
some tips that will help you through the
process.
Stage 1: Before you begin
Brainstorm!
One of the best ways to come up with essay ideas, is to brainstorm. At this stage, your
thoughts do not have to be organized; just write down everything that comes to your mind.
Once you’ve finished brainstorming, shorten the list of ideas you’ve come up with till you
finally settle on one that excites you the most. Check out this link for a useful hand-out on
brainstorming.
Plan ahead!
Creating a plan beforehand can help guide your thought process. It is best not to leave your
essays till the last minute. Remember, the application questions do not have to be
answered in sequential order. You can look at the essay questions first, and attempt them
even before you complete the financial section of your application. Following a plan, and
dividing your work efficiently will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Create an essay outline!
Write the statements/arguments that support your main idea, and organize them using
bullet points in the following structure:
● Introduction – your main statement that responds to the question asked.
● Body – one or more paragraphs supporting your main statement.
● Conclusion – your main argument restated (in different words) to leave a strong
impression. The conclusion should also briefly summarize the important points you
include in the body.
If you need more help with creating an essay outline, check out this video and online guide.
Stage 2: During the drafting process
Free-write!
Having a plan and outline can lend you much-needed confidence, but you might still feel
lost. It is normal to experience blocks, and get stuck at various stages during the writing
process. But sometimes, the only way to overcome this phase, is to fight your way through
it. Regardless of how uninspired you feel, continue to write. Forget about word counts, and
grammar (for now). Keep writing and you’ll find an idea start to form somewhere in that
chaotic jumble.
Vocabulary!
While a good vocabulary is useful when it comes to self-expression, it is more important for
you to be able to communicate with your reader. Resist the urge to Google-translate, and
avoid using complicated words- particularly when you’re unsure of their meaning.
Word count!
Remember to stick to the word count given for each essay question. While it’s important
not to exceed the word limit, it’s just as important not to write too little. For your
applications, remember not to write more than the specified work limit and at least 100
words per essay. To make this easier we recommend drafting your response outside the
application itself. Remove all unnecessary words and repetitive sentences. Here is a video
about how to be more concise when writing. On the other hand, if you get stuck, and can’t
seem to write enough, brainstorm a little more. Check out this link about dealing with
writer’s block.
Draft your essays in a word processor first!
We recommend that you first type your essays in word processing applications like MS
Word, Pages, Google Docs etc. before copying them into the application window in your
web browser. If you leave the browser window open for too long, the application session
will time out. Typing it in a word processor first will allow you to take your time with your
essay, and save your work periodically. It will also highlight mistakes in spelling and
grammar, and help you correct them.
Stage 3: After completing your draft
Edit and revise!
Give yourself enough time to revise your work thoroughly. Go over your essays carefully to
check for grammatical errors, and flaws in logic. The following suggestions might prove to
be useful to you once you begin editing your work● Make a reverse outline: Summarize each paragraph of your essay in a single line that
captures the main point you’re trying to communicate. Next, read the single-line
summaries in order. Do your ideas flow in a logical manner? Or do they seem
disorganized? Reverse outlining will make your essay more structured and readerfriendly. This link will provide you with more information on creating reverse
outlines. If you need to restructure your paragraphs but find yourself stuck after the
reverse outlining process, check out this link.
● Ask someone else to review your work: Having someone else (ex. a teacher, or a
language instructor) go over your work can help you spot mistakes you might miss
otherwise. But remember - while it’s okay to ask for assistance during the editing
process, having someone else do your work for you, is a strict violation of academic
integrity.
● Read out loud: Reading your essays out loud will enable you to identify mistakes in
flow and language that you might otherwise miss while reading silently.
For more information on editing your essays, visit this link.
De-stress!
Don’t let the writing process make
you anxious. Take frequent breaks.
Give your ideas time to develop. A
short break from writing can allow
you to reflect on your own work in
a different light.
Good luck with your essays!
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