Questions About Academic Writing Assignments

In academic writing, many students tend to work on their home assignments by themselves, which leave no free time for personal needs. In addition, many students constantly get low grades irrespective of their devotion and endless hours spent on the writing process. If you have already produced an essay and are afraid to get a poor feedback, please read our checklist with questions to determine if your piece of academic writing is success or failure.


  • Does my academic paper have clear and concise opening sentences? Hint: Usually reader’s attention can be caught with the first 2 sentences only. You can begin writing your essay by:

    • Presenting a quote or an anecdotal situation from your experience.

    • Stating the value of the object or its importance.

    • Indicating the previous work done about the matter of discussion.

    • Focusing on the lack of work done (or research) about the subject, which would justify why you have chosen the topic.

  • Is there a relevant thesis statement that reflects the title of the essay? Hint: In academic papers, the thesis statement is the backbone of discussion. Thus, do not underestimate its importance and spend an appropriate amount of time on its creation. You can revise/adjust your thesis statement during the writing process.

  • Does my essay reflect the same structure as an outline? Hint: It is possible to have some slight deviations from the outline. The common outline contains a few sentences/statements per each paragraph to be included in the future essay.

Main Body

  • Did I include enough arguments in the essay? Hint: Please check if your arguments are the same as those reflected in the outline.

  • Are there clear topic sentences? Does information in every paragraph comply with each topic sentence?

  • Are examples interesting for the reader?

  • Are there smooth transitions from one point to another? Hint: In academic term papers or any other assignment, you have to use only formal transitions such as “however, moreover, consequently, nevertheless,” etc.

  • Are all borrowed ideas from the reading correctly cited? Hint: Non-cited information is called “plagiarism.” If you include a direct quote or paraphrase ideas, always provide a reference to the source.


  • Is there a compelling conclusion? Your concluding paragraph should summarize the major aspects from the main body. However, your professor can assign some specific requirements for conclusion. Sometimes conclusion should not only restate the thesis statement, but introduce personal considerations as for the issue resolution.

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