One of the main rules of writing formal, academic papers is to avoid using second person. Second person refers to the pronoun you. Formal papers should not address the reader directly. However, it can be difficult to write without second person because the word you is such a major part of our speech. Now that we have established that first-person and second-person pronouns cannot be used in formal essays, while third-person pronouns i. Always be yourself in your application, not the candidate you think admissions committees want to see.
There are usually questions given in the rubric that I seek to answer in my essay which according to Murray is the first thing writers should look for in their draft: information. When discussing my path and comparing how it aligns to Murrays path, I tend to not focus as much as I should on meaning, sometimes in past essays and still to this day I have a problem with getting a little off topic or adding something to an essay that has no significance to the topic. Such as in the Rhetorical Analysis essay I started focusing more on my personal opinion instead of examining the rhetorical situation. As previously stated, I always consider the audience when writing essays.
This handout will help you understand and write for the appropriate audience when you write an academic essay. Keeping your audience in mind while you write can help you make good decisions about what material to include, how to organize your ideas, and how best to support your argument. What details and stories might you include? What might you leave out? Yes, your instructor or TA is probably the actual audience for your paper.
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