How to Revise an Essay–Style Checklist

Revising an Essay:  After you have reviewed the revision checklist for the conclusion of the essay, move on to the style checklist.  Here are some questions to ask as you revise the essay.



  1. Do you avoid the use of cliches and trite expressions…such as “I will tell you how…” or “I am going to explain…”?  These are weak phrases and should not be used if you want to hook your readers.
  2. Do you vary the length of the sentences throughout the essay?  Do you use short and long sentences throughout the essay to hold the readers’ attention?
  3. Are all of your sentences clearly written?  Do any sentences seem awkwardly phrased or too wordy?  Consider rewriting the sentences or revising the essay for clarity.
  4. Do you vary your word choice and avoid repeating the same words or phrases throughout your essay?
  5. Do you use transition words or phrases to move smoothly and logically between sentences and paragraphs?
  6. In formal essays, do you avoid using second-person pronouns (ie. you, your, yourself, etc.) throughout the essay?  Third-person pronouns are more appropriate for formal essays.


Once the style checklist is complete, you can move on to the format and mechanics checklist.


Writing can be a frustrating task for many students, particularly the older students, because they believe they have lost those writing skills they once knew.  For this reason, I have written several ebooks on writing to help students just like these.  I wrote these ebooks in the manner in which I teach the skills to my students.  I learn by following step-by-step instructions, and I find that method works well for most students, especially students whose grammar and writing skills are weak.

How to Write a Basic Essay in Seven Easy Steps: A Beginner’s Guide is designed to help students break down the various steps involved in writing an essay and tackle one task at a time.  My students tend to do well on essays where they write about topics they know a lot about, and when they are allowed to choose their own topics, I receive great essays.  They know themselves better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t they be able to write an essay that focused on themselves?

How to Write an Argumentative Essay is an extension of how to write a basic essay.  Because the argumentative format is somewhat specialized, meaning some elements must be included before it can be classified as an argumentative essay, students must understand some of the terminology related to the argumentative rhetorical mode.  These terms are defined and explained in the ebook along with directions on how to organize an argumentative essay.


How to Write a Short Story: A Beginner’s Guide is designed for the high school or college student as well as a beginning writer or author who wants to write essays of a creative nature, or in other words, short stories.  The basics of organizing a short story is outlined in this ebook in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.



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