I have been getting really bad grades on my essays and I dont understand why.  if i could email any of you my essay just give me your email.My teacher is really big on topic sentences and...

I have been getting really bad grades on my essays and I dont understand why.  if i could email any of you my essay just give me your email.

My teacher is really big on topic sentences and thesis.  I dont know what i am doing wrong so any help would be great.  Just give me your email and ill email it to you. PLEASE!

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly, there are avenues open to you.  I believe that emailing your papers to whomever or posting portions of them on enotes might be helpful.  However, I think that the most important element that should be raised is how you will be able to write better and achieve better grades.  In order for this to be fully accomplished, on some level, I believe that you will have to speak with your instructor, professor, or teacher.  They are the ones who are assessing your writing and scoring it in a matter that is obviously divergent from your own perceptions.  There has to be a "meeting of the minds" where you understand fully what they want and they understand that you care about your work and their perception of it.  Again, feel free to email or post your thoughts here on enotes or to whomever.  Yet, I think it would do wonders for both your writing and the situation here if you were able to open a constructive dialogue with the person directly assessing your work.

teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the above post.  After consulting your instructor, the ultimate task will be learning how to evaluate and revise your own work so that you can develop as a writer in the future.  People who write well are also people who read well.  Spend some time reading and deconstructing model essays so that you know what elements go into making an effective essay.  You might also consult some reference texts that discuss writing style and give helpful tips to writers.  Two of my favorites are Strunk and White's Elements of Style and the writing manuals of Diana Hacker.

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