Struggling with word counts in essays.Watch
EDIT: You will find that you may have to cut out some important stuff too I know it's frustrating but you can't write about everything. Decide which of the important points is the least important and cut it. Alternatively, instead of having a whole paragraph about it you could try and link it in with another of your important points as this will save words as you're just briefly mentioning it rather than going into a lot of detail. That shows that you have researched that information but just couldn't fit it in the essay in too much detail and it gives the reader something else to think about rather than being spoon fed all the information.
So I am an older student on an access to HE course readying myself for university. I have never had to stick to a word count before and I am struggling quite a bit. Does anyone have any tips for me on how to keep my word count down? The particular essay I am working on does not including referencing in the word count. Only my own work is included. My essay is for English, literary analysis at 1500. I have 10% leeway yet I have found I am way over and all my points within the essay are important. I have tried to shorten sentences and remove repeated points. I feel I can cut down more but don’t know how without removing anything important. Thanks in advance.
The way I do it is to do a detailed plan and split it into mini essays.
100 for introduction
150-200 for conclusion
c 5 paragraphs of 250 each
If you plan it as mini essays an hit the small targets, then its tighter and the numbers will add up. Go back to your plan and just make the important points. Just takes practice.