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Tips to Perfect your Reasoning in Academic Essays

To perfect an essay, the writer to improve on every aspect of the essay, with each part of the writing process either makes the essay or breaks it. The main purpose of most of the essays is to let the writer demonstrate critical and analytical thinking skills in developing an argument or delivering an idea. The essay aims at helping the students improve their, research, reasoning, and writing skills.

Many essays have the reasoning part includes forming arguments, structuring a framework for their delivery, analyzing the arguments, and presenting your claims. If the essay writer perfects the whole writing process but only falter at the reasoning part the whole essay will be scoffed off.

The reasoning is central to the essay and the writer should be wary of any reasoning blunders and should always follow good reasoning practices.

Structuring

No matter how good your argument is if it’s not presented in a palatable form the argument and the reasoning will be lost on the reader. Without a framework to hold and carry forward your argument, you will find yourself climbing a steep slope while putting your arguments on paper.

Even if you are writing without a written outline — planning to make changes in revisions and as you writer — you should at least have a guide in your head

Referencing

Your essay should have an ethos by quoting and referring to the works of scholars and experts related to the topic at hand. This increases the authenticity of your essay.

A bit of research on the citation and referencing conventions for the discipline would do you good. You can also learn from how other papers and articles introduce references and works of others.

However, one of the most common ways to introduce a reference is [Author], in [Title of source] states(can be argued, explains, etc), [Quote].

You should also make note of the use of single-inverted commas (‘_’) and double-inverted commas (“_”). Single inverted commas will be mostly used when what the author has stated is quoted in your writing, while double inverted commas will be used when you quote what the author has said.

Cloudy Reasoning

Good use of transitioning and signposting will help you as well as the reader to flow from one part to the other smoothly. You can also make use of punctuations such as colons and semicolons to demonstrate the connections between the sentences as well.

Think of an essay with a good logical flow as a smooth tarmacked road. While one with a faulty logical flow as one with potholes and speedbumps.

Speculations, on the other hand, are statements that you put forward in the essays that can be argued by the reader. The reader interacts with the essay will always ask the ‘why’ question, so every speculation should be followed by evidence.

Word Choice

Try to bring variety into the sentences. Make sure that the same word is not repeated twice in a sentence. If you can’t do without the repetition then you should find its substitute from a thesaurus.

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