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How to write a good essay: Paraphrasing the question

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Do you sometimes struggle to begin writing an essay when taking an exam? Good news! There is an important writing skill that will help you improve your essay introductions. This technique is called "paraphrasing", and it means rewriting something using different words. In this lesson, I will teach you how to paraphrase successfully and how to change essay questions into your own words. These skills are very useful for university and high school students, as well as any students writing English proficiency exams like the TOEFL or IELTS. TAKE THE QUIZ: http://www.engvid.com/how-to-write-a-good-essay-paraphrasing-the-question/ WATCH NEXT: Essay Writing – 6 ways to compare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8WSzwBD7GQ TRANSCRIPT Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's video I'm going to teach you something very important for if you're taking any type of test that has a writing component. So, if you are taking the IELTS, the TOEFL, the CELPIP, even just a university test, it can be any type of test, but if you're asked to write something like an essay or a paragraph, this video is for you. Okay? So I'm going to teach you a very important skill that will help improve your marks when it comes to writing on tests. So, let's get started. So, I have here an essay question. This question is actually... I've seen it on the IELTS. You know, you have similar types of questions on the TOEFL, sometimes in university. The question is this: "Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country. Do you agree or disagree?" Or maybe: "To what extent do you agree or disagree?" So, this is an example of a question you might be asked. Now, a problem a lot of students have is in their answer to this question. They see this, and they think: "Okay, education is the most important factor in the development of a country, yes, I agree." So then they... Or: "I disagree", and they start writing. And what do they write? Usually the very first thing students will write is this: "I agree that education is the single most important factor in the development of a country because..." So, what is the problem with this? Is there any problem to start off your essay with something like this, or to start off your answer? There's a big problem. So I want you to take a moment and think: "What could be the problem with starting your essay off with this sentence?" Okay, well, if you noticed, you have here the word: "education, education, is, is, the single most important, most important factor". If you notice, these are the same. They're the exact same, except for: "I agree that" and "because". The student, here, has used the exact same wording that is in the question. So, if you do this on the IELTS-and many students do this, same with on the TOEFL-you actually will lose marks, and same with in university, because you're not showing your abilities; you're just copying what somebody else has said or what the essay question is. So, in this video, I'm going to show you first off... First off, I'm going to tell you: Don't do this, don't copy. And I'm going to teach you ways in order to improve yourself and your answer by changing this wording. How can you change your introduction so it's different than what the question is? Okay? So, let's look at how to make these changes. Okay, so what we are going to do in order to change the question into a proper answer that doesn't just copy the question, is we are going to paraphrase. So, the word here is: "paraphrase". This might be a new word for you. What does it mean to paraphrase something? Well, when we paraphrase, it means we take a sentence that, you know... We take somebody else's sentence and we change it into our own words. Okay? So, we change the words of a sentence, we also change maybe the sentence structure, but we keep all the same meaning. Okay? So, the meaning from the sentence you copy, it stays the same, same meaning, but different words and different sentence structure. Okay? So it's in your words, but this other person's meaning. So, we are going to paraphrase this example of a question into our own words. So, first we're going to look at how to do that using vocabulary and synonyms. So, we have here the same question: "Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country." How can we put this into new words or our own words that keep the same meaning? Well, we can use synonyms. So, this might be a new word for you, too. A "synonym". "Synonyms" are words that have the same meaning, but are different words.
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joseph olalere (2 days ago)
Thanks a lot. Even though, I taught the structure of essay would be discussed in this video, but I came out with new and important mindset of writing an essay.
ですジェームス (2 days ago)
I go with not saying anything you don't intend on proving. You're not going to prove (obviously) that many would argue that the economy is the most essential component in the development of a nation. So, why not instead say, "many factors such as economic strength, plentiful resources, and diplomacy are essential to long term success of any developing nation, but of all these factors, education is the most important". On top of that, use the examples later in the essay too. If you're not going to somehow use diplomacy later in the essay to strengthen your own argument, then don't even mention it as a potential contributor to a nations success.
kamal kishore (2 days ago)
Yes off course understood and it's right way to use particular words from oposit questions .
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idk why I'm watching this I have no essays due lol
joseph olalere (2 days ago)
It can also be applied to real life situations. You did the right thing.
Wing_Force (4 days ago)
Hi, there. My name is Emma, and in today's video I'm going to teach you something very important for if you're taking any type of test that has a writing component. So, if you are taking the IELTS, the TOEFL, the CELPIP, even just a university test, it can be any type of test, but if you're asked to write something like an essay or a paragraph, this video is for you. Okay? So I'm going to teach you a very important skill that will help improve your marks when it comes to writing on tests. So, let's get started. So, I have here an essay question. This question is actually... I've seen it on the IELTS. You know, you have similar types of questions on the TOEFL, sometimes in university. The question is this: "Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country. Do you agree or disagree?" Or maybe: "To what extent do you agree or disagree?" So, this is an example of a question you might be asked. Now, a problem a lot of students have is in their answer to this question. They see this, and they think: "Okay, education is the most important factor in the development of a country, yes, I agree." So then they... Or: "I disagree", and they start writing. And what do they write? Usually the very first thing students will write is this: "I agree that education is the single most important factor in the development of a country because..." So, what is the problem with this? Is there any problem to start off your essay with something like this, or to start off your answer? There's a big problem. So I want you to take a moment and think: "What could be the problem with starting your essay off with this sentence?" Okay, well, if you noticed, you have here the word: "education, education, is, is, the single most important, most important factor". If you notice, these are the same. They're the exact same, except for: "I agree that" and "because". The student, here, has used the exact same wording that is in the question. So, if you do this on the IELTS-and many students do this, same with on the TOEFL-you actually will lose marks, and same with in university, because you're not showing your abilities; you're just copying what somebody else has said or what the essay question is. So, in this video, I'm going to show you first off... First off, I'm going to tell you: Don't do this, don't copy. And I'm going to teach you ways in order to improve yourself and your answer by changing this wording. How can you change your introduction so it's different than what the question is? Okay? So, let's look at how to make these changes. Okay, so what we are going to do in order to change the question into a proper answer that doesn't just copy the question, is we are going to paraphrase. So, the word here is: "paraphrase". This might be a new word for you. What does it mean to paraphrase something? Well, when we paraphrase, it means we take a sentence that, you know... We take somebody else's sentence and we change it into our own words. Okay? So, we change the words of a sentence, we also change maybe the sentence structure, but we keep all the same meaning. Okay? So, the meaning from the sentence you copy, it stays the same, same meaning, but different words and different sentence structure. Okay? So it's in your words, but this other person's meaning. So, we are going to paraphrase this example of a question into our own words. So, first we're going to look at how to do that using vocabulary and synonyms. So, we have here the same question: "Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country." How can we put this into new words or our own words that keep the same meaning? Well, we can use synonyms. So, this might be a new word for you, too. A "synonym". "Synonyms" are words that have the same meaning, but are different words.
JOHN (5 days ago)
Thank you so much dear ma'am, it's really applicable for everyone. Specifically for me. I'M Stil preparing CIVIL SERVICE EXAM SO .
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Alhassan Ebn Ali (7 days ago)
I did that in placement test “I agree “ tomorrow I will retest.🙏
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Tyler Honch (10 days ago)
Good essay structure: 1. Introduction: •Hook •Text information (title, author, poet, director, main character's, name, short summary) •Link to arguments •Thesis statement 2. Body paragraph: ( two or three of the following) •S= Topic Sentence •E= Evidence •X= explanation/ Proof (make sure this relates to your thesis, don't get off topic) •C= Concluding sentence or sentence relating your argument back to thesis statement 3. Conclusion: • Restate position/ thesis • Sum- up arguments • Concluding sentence (relate back to hook) Hope this helps some of you:)
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Üsame Maciter (10 days ago)
why do we need "would" in that sentence ? " Although many would argue that the economy is the most important factor in the nation building , I think education has a far greater impact." is it necessary ?
Jon (12 days ago)
Thank you so much for making this video and explaining all this! That being said, the fact that paraphrasing is a messure of whether a student is putting in though seems horrifingly dumb, it seems like a lazy attempt at analysing student engagement ! The third point of concessions is the only point i that i would agree is a useful tool for such messurements.
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Looking for tips to teach my 9th grader essay writing and I had no idea you weren't supposed to restate the question word-for-word for the beginning of an essay answer...that is how I was taught to begin essay answers. 🤦
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I wish I’d seen this video when I was still in high school/college and struggled with writing essays
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Thankx mam you are so sweet and 1st tm i understood english video by made english teacher when you speak i understand clearly but I do not about to preposition could you please make some videos this topic
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