Redundancy can be very redundant or how not to write a college essay College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

I received a college essay from a student recently who, basically, said the same thing over and over, again and again, redundantly. Like I just did there.

Folks, you need to have more than one line of text in your essays or they get…..boring. In this case, he wrote one line as his introduction paragraph. (Please note: introductions need to be more than one line.)

His second paragraph began and ended with the same line and without much in between.

Guess how his third paragraph started? Yep. The same line, yet again. Ditto on the end of the third paragraph and the beginning and end of the fourth paragraph.

Wanna take a shot at what the one-sentence concluding paragraph contained? You guessed it. (Please note that conclusions, like introductions,  should also be more than one sentence.)

I hope this helps with your plans to write an essay. I haven’t said much, but have hopefully said a lot herein!


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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