To write strong essays, here's a helpful checklist for students to follow:
**I slowly, carefully, and thoroughly proofread my essay before submitting for review
**My topic is manageable
**Sentences are varied (complex, compound, simple)
**I do not have “around me” in my essay (e.g.: the world around me; the people around me)
**My sentences have different beginnings and varied structure.
**All Google suggestions have been addressed for spelling and grammar.
**I don’t use “will be able to”/”am able to”/”was able to”/”allowed me to”
**Spelling, punctuation, and capitalization is all correct; check those proper nouns!
**I have learned to embrace the comma!
Quick rules for commas
Extended rules for commas (esp. when using the word "but")
**My essay is not just 1 big paragraph; in fact, it has at least 2 paragraphs
**I’ve shown off my strong and varied vocabulary instead of the typical overused blah words.
**I enjoyed reading my essay (hint: if you don't enjoy it, it's likely that others won't either).