How To Write A Descriptive Essay About Your School: 5 Tips


Unlike many other kinds of writing assignments, the descriptive essay attempts to create a vivid or a deeply involved experience for the reader. These assignments don’t focus so much on facts or academic resources but attempt to achieve the effect of being highly descriptive through a number of detailed descriptions and observations that touch on one’s senses. Here are five effective tips to writing a great descriptive essay about your school:

  • Tip #1: Choose an original topic you find interesting
  • When given an assignment where you have to write about your school, you’ve limited your subject; however, you still have a number of topics from which to choose. Do you like the architecture or building layout? Do you like the scenery or find them to be drab? These options consider only the visual, but there are so many more senses you can focus on in your writing.

  • Tip #2: Select how you’ll write your descriptions
  • Your instructor has probably reminded you of the famous saying: Show don’t tell. But do you know what is really being asked of you when it comes to good academic writing? When you write your descriptions you should consider each paragraph and think about ways to address each of the five senses, then select the best ones to use in your composition.

  • Tip #3: Create an outline and write a first draft
  • Effective academic writing cannot be achieved without first creating an outline and using it to write the first draft. These steps may seem unnecessary for many, especially when time has run out and the deadline is just around the corner. There are the rare few that can write a good descriptive essay without having to do these two things, but eventually their writing will show several flaws and they’ll see a drop in grades. Don’t skip out on these exercises if you want to submit top-notch work.

  • Tip #4: Revising your written content for effectiveness
  • It’s rare for anyone to write a great first draft that doesn’t need any kind of revision. There’s always something about your writing that can be improved through revision. It’s best to set your first draft aside for a few days so that you can return to it with what many call a fresh set of eyes. This will allow you rethink your content and find ways to make it better in expressing your thoughts.

  • Tip #5: Editing and proofreading your assignment
  • The last tip consists of two related exercises: editing and proofreading. Give yourself plenty of time to do each of these separately. When editing consider word choice and sentence construction. The simpler your writing is the more clear it will be for the reader to make a connection. When proofreading, do so at three levels: the paper level, the paragraph level, and the sentence level. This will ensure you catch all of the small mistakes that could lower your letter grade.

 
 

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