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Research Tips and Tricks: Constructing an Essay

Writing is not as easy as some people think, because it requires the focus of the writer on many things i.e., the structure, the language, the tone, the overall appeal, and most importantly the effective use of the magical transitioning. You must be stressing and thinking about “How am I going to write my essay?”. But don’t worry, these are not only your concerns, rather every student goes through the same phase.

Have you read a piece of writing without any transitional words?

You must’ve but I’m pretty sure you didn’t like it.

Because without transitions the writing seems quite unappealing and unattractive. Without transitions, the academic essays seem really off and hard to understand.

Since there will be no cohesion or collaboration in the text and the arguments presented in it.

Do you also sometimes forget to add transitions? And end up getting lower grades?

Don't worry!!

This blog will help you in knowing the importance of transitioning and you’ll probably never forget adding magical transitions.

What are transitions? Or a transitional phrase?

Your professor must've, at some point, asked you to add more transitions in the essay. This means your professor wanted you to make your writing more engaging.

Transitions help the writers to take the reader through the text. For instance, words like furthermore, moreover, nevertheless, etcetera are used to connect the sentences or sometimes to connect the ideas.

Therefore, to make your essay engaging you must know what are the parameters for using magical transitional words.

Let's start with the importance of transitions.

The smooth transitions are very important for all types of essays, but are extremely important and could be considered as the requirement of the argumentative essay.

An argumentative essay needs to be weaved very carefully. As an essay writer, you must be aware of the effort of writing an argumentative essay. Every argument needs to connect back to the thesis of the essay.

The connection between sentences, ideas, paragraphs, and sections is mostly built through transition words. Because this helps the readers to understand the subtlety of the text.

Transitions are an integral part of both academic and professional writing as it helps the reader to perceive the facts or any content shared by the writer in the way the writer wants to communicate.

Avoid using transitions that do not align with your writing or the topic of the writing. For instance, if your professor asked you to work on your transitions.

This implies either you didn’t use the transitions or you’ve probably used the wrong ones. Therefore, make sure the transitions do not jumble up things for the audience.

Since the purpose of the transitions is to make the organization or structure of the essay understandable for the audience. The audience may feel agitated if you’ll not effectively use the transitions and end up frustrating the audience.

Section Transitions:

The transitions used to bridge the gap between two sections are considered as section transitions. It helps the readers to connect the two sections.

An argumentative essay is intricate, every argument and every point are somehow related to the other.

If you’ve elaborated the one section of the essay, you must use transitions like “As mentioned above” “As discussed above”, "Moreover" etcetera to make readers think that the upcoming section must be considered in relevance to the one discussed before.

Paragraph Transition:

The transition must be used between the paragraphs as well. Since it will help the paragraphs to remain connected with each other.

And add to the text in conveying the message discussed in the particular section, effectively.

Mostly the transition words used for this type of transition are "however", "furthermore", "subsequently", so on and so forth.

Within-paragraph Transitions:

Most importantly, students often undermine the significance of the transitions used within paragraphs.

However, this is the most important type of transition because it helps the reader understand the part of the whole in a better way.

Readers, through these transitions, can easily anticipate what is going to be discussed further in the essay.

For arguments, it is important to efficiently and clearly tell the audience through transitions what is happening in the essay and how every paragraph, every section, and every idea is proving the thesis is valid.

Transitional Expressions

There are different transitional uses for conveying the relationship between the ideas.

For instance, indicating the similarity between two things would be conveyed by using words and phrases like “also”, “just as, “likewise, “similarly”.

This will ultimately let the reader anticipate that there must be a point of similarity between both ideas which the writer is about to explain.

Similarly, for showing contrasting or comparing relations, the writer can use transitions like "on the contrary”, “while”, “on the other hand”, and “nonetheless”.

Also, for the order or sequence, you can use “next, finally, first etcetera.

For a time, you can use “at last, subsequently, simultaneously, meanwhile… so on and so forth.

As far as the conclusion is considered, students mostly use the cliché "in a nutshell" which could be replaced with other effective transition words or phrases i.e., "in brief", “on the whole”, “to sum up” etcetera.

Here you go!!

I hope you got an idea of how transitions help you in clarifying your stance through the proper organization of the essay. Otherwise, abruptly coming ideas may affect the appeal of the essay.

You’re good to use transitions in your essay. But still, if you feel like you've some ambiguities regarding transitions you can always ask an essay writing service to guide you. They'll provide you with professional guidance.

Hope you find it helpful!!

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