Sounding Smart without Overcompensating

For some reason, most people think that an essay in college has to sound stiff and boring, but that is not necessarily the case. While there is nothing wrong with sounding intelligent in a college essay, you also need to keep in mind the need to make your writing interesting to read. If you’re purely focused on sounding smart, you may actually come across as someone who is overcompensating for a lack of confidence or intelligence.

Assuming you don’t want to get a bad grade for trying too hard, you may want to learn how to write in a formal, smart, and still interesting way. Here are some tips to help you get into one of the top careers in your field with proper essay writing.

Remember: Smart Words Aren’t Necessarily Big Words

Most people assume that they have to use large words to sound intelligent. “Stupidification” is a large word, but that does not mean it is intelligent or even real. You can’t always assume that you have to use 18 syllable words just to make a point. One or two syllables may suffice. See? The word “suffice” sounds intelligent, but it isn’t very long. You can use simple words that make a big impact, and that will make your writing much more successful in the end.

Don’t Use a Word You Can’t Define

One of the easiest ways to make yourself look stupid in an essay is to use a word incorrectly. That will have the opposite affect on your writing. (Yes, I used “affect” on purpose). If you don’t know what a word means, don’t use it. If you can’t think of any other word to replace it with, research the definition to make sure you are applying it correctly. Then you will at least know that you’re not going to sound like a total idiot in an essay.

Write in a Readable Way

Formal writing doesn’t have to be confusing. If you avoid slang and contractions, you will be able to come across in a formal way without sounding like you are trying too hard. Your essays still need to be readable, no matter how formal they may be. If your writing flows well, you should be able to sound intelligent without making your work confusing. I like to think that’s what I do around here, even though I make my writing a little more informal than a college essay would be. You get the point though (I hope).

Correct Your Grammar Mistakes

Grammar mistakes can turn intelligent points into distractions, which is something you never want to go through in an essay. You need to focus on making your grammar picture perfect if you are going to make an intelligent argument. Check all of the silly typos that make your essay sound stupid, and make sure that you have punctuation in all the right places. Wait a day before you edit so you can approach the work with a fresh mind. Then you will be able to look at it just like anyone else would.

Fine-al Thoughtz

Now that you know how to sound smarterer when you types up an essay onda computer, alls you gotta do is apply the principals to you’re next essay edventure. You may half to practice a lil’ bit; but eventually you should be abel to find a way to sound smart without overcompens8ing. Looks like Im off to works on my writting becuz it a-peers to be slippin’. Wish me luck!