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Monday, October 10, 2011

Essay Writing Guide: The Advantages and Disadvantages of the Internet

Introduction: Introduces the increasing use of Internet in the modern society.

Body: Three paragraphs on the advantages and two paragraphs on the disadvantages of the Internet.

Conclusion: Concludes the pros and cons of the Internet depend on the users and their use of the Internet.

Proceed to the next step... -  Writing Introduction, Body and Conclusion

Introduction
A good introduction will surely give the reader a good impression. There are several types of introduction to start your essay:

Definition - According to the English dictionary, Internet is a computer system that allows millions of computer users around the world to exchange information…

Question - Do you know that the invention of the Internet has revolutionized the business world? What are the pros and cons of the Internet? …

Fact - A recent survey on the Internet suggested that more than 60 per cent of the users receive spam emails daily…

Dialogue - “Son, can you please help me to pay the bills online?” The use of the Internet benefits not only the Internet-literates but also the illiterate ones…

Quotation - No man is an island. Everyone needs friends in his life…

Body

Now you need not worry about running out of points, so you can focus on paragraphing. A good paragraphing is essential for a good essay.

Include only one topic sentence which contains one main idea in one paragraph. Support the topic sentence with some elaborations, examples and further details or information. You should write your essay until you have nothing to write anymore.

Be specific in your essay and avoid generalization. A too general sentence is hard to support your topic sentence. Maintain the right tone and coherence in your essay. If a piece of writing is coherent, it is easy to understand because it is clear and reasonable.

Use logical connectors to join sentences and maintain coherence. Here is a list of useful logical connectors:

To add another related point: and, also, too, besides, as well, in addition (to), furthermore

To add a similar point: similarly

To connect two statements or phrases when the second one adds something different or seems surprising after the first one: but, however, nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, yet, whereas, while, except

To show connection between actions and consequences: so, therefore, so that, as a result, consequently, then, thus

When a particular fact does not prevent something from happening: although, though, in spite of, despite

Conclusion

End your conclusion carefully and clearly. Do not give the reader a vague idea about the essay topic you have just written. Do not end your essay like this: There are some advantages and disadvantages of the Internet. Your can include your point of view or your thoughts on the essay topic in the conclusion of your essay. Try to start your conclusion with one of these words: In conclusion, In a nut shell, So, Personally

Proceed to the last step...- Proof reading and Final Editing Your Essay

After you have written your essay, you should proofread the essay in order to correct any mistakes in it. Read through your well-written essay and check for gross errors and first draft slips.

Edit your essay where necessary. Replace some of the poor words with vocabulary. Poor words include non-specific words which convey a too general idea to the readers. For instance, the word ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘say’, ‘walk’ …

Specific Words

The more specific words for ‘happy’ - cheerful, content, pleased, be tickled, gloat, gleeful…
The more specific words for ‘sad’ - upset, miserable, dejected, wistful, mournful…
The more specific words for ‘say’ - recommend, urge, blame, accuse, compliment, whisper, mumble…
The more specific words for ‘walk’ - stroll, hike, trek, wander, roam, prowl…

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2005
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2007
Johor Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Answers], Melaka Trial 2007 [Paper 1] [Paper 2], TIMES [Paper 1] [Paper 2] SPB [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2008

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2009

Terengganu TOV [Paper 1] [Paper 2] Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2]
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