Rephrase using alternative expressions, such as “what’s more”.
More unusual words should be used just once per paragraph – words such as “unavoidable”, for example – unless it’s for emphasis.
Sometimes using big words where simple ones would suffice can seem contrived and pompous; aim for clear, concise language to avoid being verbose or pretentious.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t use more complex words at all – just choose the situation carefully and don’t overdo it.
You should be equally wary of repetition of words within the same sentence or paragraph.
It’s fine to repeat common words such as “the”, obviously, but it’s best to avoid using the same connecting words, such as “also”, more than once in the same paragraph.
Editing your essay before you submit it could mean the difference between a good grade and a brilliant one, so it’s worth taking fifteen minutes or so before you send it off just checking through it to make sure that the structure and wording is as good as it can be.
In this article, we give you some tips to think about when you’re editing your own writing.
It’s easy to repeat yourself without realising it when you’re writing, but the editing process is there to enable you to spot this before your teacher or lecturer sees it.
As you read through your essay, keep a look out for ideas you’ve repeated and delete whichever repetitions add nothing to your essay (don’t forget that the first instance of the idea may not be the most appropriate place for it, so consider which is the best moment to introduce it and delete the other mentions).