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How to Make an Essay Appear Longer Than It Is
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You are writing a paper and the deadline is approaching, but you are nowhere near the page limit. Many students find themselves in this position. Luckily for you, you can lengthen your paper by using a few tricks. Increasing the font size, adding a lengthy header, and manipulating the spacing between lines are just a few strategies you can use to make your essay appear longer. However, be aware that breaking your teacher’s guidelines may result in a lower grade.
Playing with the Font
- Don’t pick a very large font like Arial Black or Lucida Handwriting. Your teacher will notice that you are trying to make your essay longer by choosing a larger font.
Manipulating Spacing and Margins
- If the increase is too noticeable, then try 1.15 or 1.1 instead.
- Because all documents are left justified, avoid increasing the left margin. Adjusting the left margin will produce a noticeable change that your teacher will detect.
Adjusting the Header and Footer
Expanding the Content
- Additionally, if you are quoting or paraphrasing research or literature, make sure to cite it properly. Citations can add extra length to a paper as well.
- Expand your introductory paragraph with an attention-getting statement to hook the reader in.
- However, try to avoid being descriptive when it is unnecessary since this may cause your paper to appear embellished or sound verbose.
- Copy and paste your paper into a new document. Make these changes to the new document. Then compare and contrast the document with the changes to the original document. Remove any adjustments that seem obvious. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Use a thesaurus to find longer synonyms to use in place of shorter ones. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Spell out abbreviations; for example, write out “United States" instead of using "US." Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- Be aware that breaking your teacher’s guidelines may be considered cheating, which may result in a lower grade or even a zero. Thanks Helpful 11 Not Helpful 1
- Don't be redundant. Thanks Helpful 5 Not Helpful 1
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To make an essay appear longer than it is, pick a font that's slightly larger than Times New Roman, like Arial, Courier New, or Cambria. If you're required to use 12-point font, try increase the font to 12.1 or 12.2 to gain some extra length without the font looking noticeably larger. Then, press on Control and the F key at the same time to activate the find and replace function, and replace all of the commas and periods with 14-point font. If the essay still isn't long enough, increase the line spacing by 0.1 or 0.2 and make the right margin 0.1-0.2 inches larger. For tips on adjusting the header and footer or adding more content to your essay, read on! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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21 Helpful and Easy Tips to Make an Essay Longer
Bookman Old Style > Times New Roman.
When you're writing a school paper after researching and typing for what feels like ages, but you still haven't reached your teacher's required page count, it's normal to feel frustrated. Maybe you get a little creative and play Microsoft Word gymnastics with different fonts and spacing, or become super expressive with your descriptions. There's also a chance you missed something on the assignment rubric, or overlooked the opportunity to include more quotes from trusted sources. You might even be able to load up on a few more examples for your argument, easily boosting the word count with additional research. Still a couple pages behind the limit? Don't worry. Below, we have over 20 tips to help you hit that page requirement.
1. Make sure you included everything on the rubric. If you forgot a whole section focusing on the counter argument, that could be the reason why your paper is a couple pages shorter than needed.
2. Load up on transitional phrases. Your paper isn't long enough, therefore it may be necessary to add some transitional phrases because they take up space. On the other hand , this could make your paper really wordy, however , it may be necessary. See what I did there?
3. Spell out your numbers. There are four editorial styles — AP, APA, MLA, and Chicago. Each one has a different rule for spelling out numbers, which can work out in your favor. For instance, in APA, you write out all numbers under 10. So a one-character "7" becomes a five-character "seven." In MLA, you spell out all numbers at the beginning of a sentence, and all simple numbers (those that are one or two words). Make sure to check the assignment rubric to see what style your paper should be written in!
4. Ditch the contractions. Honestly, you probably should not even be using contractions in a formal essay, so if you are filling up your paper with "don't," "won't," and "can't," switch them out for "do not," "will not," and "cannot."
5. Use numerous examples. Make sure to do extensive research on your essay topic and come up with at least 2-3 examples for every argument presented. One example might seem like enough, but adding a couple more points improves your paper and boosts its word count.
6. Add quotes. Including quotes, whether they be from a book, news article, or trusted source, helps strengthen and validate the point you're making in a paper. But you can't just drop a quotation without context. Introducing, writing out, and properly unpacking a quote can add value — and length — to your essay.
7. Start getting really descriptive about everything. How illustrative can you get about the evolution of electricity, you ask? Well, the answer is: Very. The howling wind gushed passed Benjamin Franklin at 30 miles per hour on that cold, rainy night, pulling the string of his kite taught as it fought to stay in the sky and sent his grey hair flying up in the sky like silvery wisps.
8. Try to make your header longer. If possible, of course. Some teachers clearly state what information needs to be included in the header. But if there's no guideline, add what you can within reason — I'm not sure your teacher is going to appreciate your TikTok or Insta handle listed on the page.
9. Have someone proofread. Getting another pair of eyes to read your paper might reveal some areas in need of work. Maybe you need to elaborate a bit more on a certain argument, or include a quote to strengthen an example.
10. Revisit your introduction paragraph. Sometimes, an introduction is easiest to write after the paper has been written. Having already presented and thoroughly discussed the argument in the essay's body paragraphs, you have a more concrete understanding of what direction the paper takes. There might be some information or ideas you can add into the intro, to better set up the paper's points.
11. Make your spacing larger. Your teacher probably won't be able to tell the difference between double spacing and 2.5 spacing. *fingers crossed*
12 . While you're at it, expand the spacing between the characters. Yes, I'm talking between each and every letter.
13. Raise the font size from 12pt to 12.5pt. Nobody has to know!
14. Make all periods and commas 14pt. It sounds tedious, but simply command-f and search for the period, that way you can change all of them at once.
15. Put extra space around your (super long and bolded) title. It needs some space to shine and breathe, obvs.
16. Change the font. You can't get too crazy or else your teacher will call you out, so you stick with something super similar to Times New Roman, but slightly bigger, like Bookman Old Style. However some teachers specify a certain font in the paper's assignment requirements — in the case, don't try to switch things up.
17. Reverse outline. After you've finished penning your essay, read it through and write an outline on what you have written so far. This strategy can reveal some paragraphs in need of further development. If you notice one super long paragraph, try breaking the ideas down into separate paragraphs. This might bump the page count up a bit, and give you the opportunity to include a few more transition sentences.
18. Make your margins bigger. You have to be careful about the left and right margins, and the top can be tricky. But the bottom margin, you can practically make it as big as you want. And then you can...
19. Add a fancy footer with page numbers. Obviously (hopefully), your teacher will appreciate your attention to detail and presentation.
20. Add a header with the title of your paper to every single page. Just in case your teacher forgets what your paper is about. You only want to help.
21. Make a separate cover page. Technically, the rubric didn't say it couldn't count as page one.
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How To Make A Paper Seem Longer Without Writing More
We have all been there. You need to submit ten pages tomorrow, you have barely covered six, it’s already way past midnight and you are completely out of ideas. Your eyes are red, your eyelids are heavy, the blinking cursor seems to mock you…
If only you could make your paper look a bit longer without actually working on the word count! Well, there are some tricks to do it.
However, if you absolutely loathe the topic, why won’t you just get someone else to write your paper for you? Think about it, hiring a cheap paper writing service to write your essays will cost less than prescription drugs you will need after getting your nerves wracked and sending your circadian rhythms all over the place over something you don’t even like! It’s so much simpler! Just hit that big friendly button and all your problems will become our problems!
Now, if you are bent on coping with it yourself, just this time, here are the quick fixes that make text appear longer.
How To Make A Paper Look Longer
Anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of word processors has some ideas of how to stretch a text over more pages. Make margins bigger! Make the font bigger! Easy peasy! However, what we need to know is how to make a paper longer without a teacher noticing. The answer to that is subtlety. With the help of many minor tweaks, you can achieve a pretty impressive accumulated result, but you must be very discreet.
1. A trick with periods and commas
Probably the least noticeable thing you can do is to enlarge all the periods and commas in your paper. For example, if you have 12 pt. font overall, making only periods and commas 14 pt. and italicizing them will add several lines of lengths to your text. No kidding. To do that, go to “Find and Replace” in the menu, put your usual “.” in the “Find” field. Click on “More” under the “Replace with” field, and click “Format”. There, find “Font” settings. It the menu that will pop up you should select the font size that is one or two points bigger than the rest of your text and don’t forget to make it italic as well.
It’s probably the best to make it after you’ve completed all other manipulations with the main text, so you don’t scrap all this finicky work with one click while adjusting the font.
2. Adjusting spacing between the lines
This is where you will have to be very careful not to overdo it because it’s very visible. Adjusting the spacing should be as subtle as possible. For example, if your teacher specified a single-spaced paper, then you can probably get away with 1.1 or 1.2 spacing instead. Go to “Format” –> “Paragraph” –> “Line Spacing” –> “Multiple” and adjust the “By” factor to 1.2.
3. Adjusting spacing between characters
This trick is less known, although it can get you additionally one page without hassle. Character spacing adjustments are less visible than line spacing, but you should also be very discreet to succeed. To do that, go to “Font” –> “Advanced” –> “Spacing” –> “Expended”. Put the value into the “By” box. Don’t get greedy and keep the factor between 1.2 and 1.5 – whichever yields the best result without getting too noticeable.
4. Different font
As a rule, instructors ask students to submit their papers in Times New Roman. However, there are fonts that look very similar but are a little larger. For example, Bookman Old Style. If your instructor hasn’t given you any directions on that account, you can pull off setting any of the larger fonts like Arial, Armen CT, Bangla Sangam MN, Cambria, Courier New, Quicksand, etc. However, don’t be too on-the-nose with this. Fonts like Arial Black or Arial Rounded MT Bold are probably too much to go unnoticed by your teacher.
5. Larger font size
This is where you have to be really sneaky. Don’t increase your font more than +0.1 – 0.5 pt., otherwise, it will be super obvious. For example, if your teacher specified 12 pt. font size, you can increase it to 12.5 pt. max. without being too noticeable.
6. Increased margins
The rule of thumb here is increasing margins by a quarter, no more. For example, if the margins are required to be 1 inch, you can make them 1.25 instead. This should not be very visible. However, we recommend limiting yourself to adjusting only the right and the bottom margins, since they are usually less visible.
To do that, go to “Format” –> “Document” –> “Right” (and “Bottom”) and type in 1.25 (or less) in the corresponding box.
7. A footer with page numbers
To veil the tweaking of the bottom margin and stretch it even further, add a footer with numbers. It will give off the detail-oriented vibe and will look like you have really thought through the presentation of your paper. Good on you!
To do that, go to “Insert” –> “Page Numbers” –> “Position” –> “Bottom of Page”.
8. Running head with the title of your paper
This little trick is neat because running head adds length to your paper and is strictly within the APA requirements – yes, really. Another bonus is that according to APA standards your title must be in all-caps.
To add a running head, click on the top of your page to edit the header area and select “Different First Page”. Type “Running head: YOUR TITLE”. Now go to page 2 and add YOUR TITLE without the words “Running head”. Brilliant! Now you can close the header area.
9. Beefed-up header
Make the most of it. Add your name, the date, your course name, the name of your instructor, your email, or student ID number. Then double-space it, to make it longer. Don’t worry. It’s a header, it’s separate from the text, you can do it here.
You can also add a line or two with your other credentials, for example, a Twitter handle, but only if they are relevant (for example, you’ve been doing research on the internet slang and you’ve gathered information on Twitter).
10. Adjusted title
First of all, make your title separate from the header, place it on the line below. Put a little extra space around it, increase its font size, and bold it. Everything for the sake of making it more visible, naturally!
Done! That’s the maximum you can do without working with the content of your paper. However, here are some very quick tweaks that hardly take any time to do:
First of all, this will boost the length and word count. Second, you should not have done it in a college paper anyway. Finally, the academic style is on your side! Use “Find” to track all the apostrophes in your text and replace contractions with full forms by hand.
To do it quickly, run all the numbers through “Find and Replace”, only don’t select “Replace All”. Watch every case carefully: you don’t want to replace “1” in “1984” with “one” etc.
Names are, as a rule, longer than “he” or “she”. Know what I mean? Hunt your pronouns using “Find” and replace them with appropriate names by hand.
Now your paper looks considerably longer. However, if you will submit it as a Google Doc or a Word Doc, your adjustments will be very easy to spot. I mean, you don’t have to be Einstein, to spot that the box at the top of the page doesn’t say “Times New Roman 12”. Therefore, we recommend you doing your paper properly next time.
Better still, outsource the papers that are low on your priorities list to us! This way, you won’t have to use any tricks to convince your teachers – come the hand-in day, you will submit a perfectly written paper with all-around great content and formatting! And you will have your good night’s sleep. Quite a bargain, huh?
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You’re working on a paper, and the deadline is near, but you’re still far short of the page restriction. This is a situation that many students find themselves in. Fortunately, there are a few techniques you may use to extend your paper. Increasing the font size, including an extended header, and adjusting the space between lines are just a few ways to make your essay seem longer. However, keep in mind that disobeying your teacher’s rules may result in a worse grade.
Someone with my background, on the other hand, can identify those tricks with little or no effort.
Here are a few strategies for making your college paper lengthier. You may use a single one or a combination of many.
How can I lengthen my essay?
You may lengthen your essay by include citations, utilising appropriate quotes with transitional phrases, being more descriptive, or paying a professional to do so for you.
These methods for making your paper longer will work, and your professor will never know you employed any tricks to lengthen your essay.
Cite your work
By using citations in your work, you may extend its length. Make careful to include quotes to boost the word count.
Remember that for citations to be adequate; they must be formatted correctly and based on reliable sources.
Utilise of experts quotes
Make appropriate use of quotes if you’re searching for terms to lengthen your work.
This is a legitimate method to increase your word count without creating the impression that you aren’t trying to lengthen your research paper . Remember not to include too many quotes in your paper.
To ensure that the paper flows and merges smoothly with the quotes, including your own words. Also, double-check your formatting and citations.
Use transitional words
Transitional words may extend the length of your college paper . A document with too many transitional words, on the other hand, may seem to be too wordy.
So it’s up to you to be clever about it and proofread your work well before submitting it. Transitional words, when appropriately utilised, may enhance the readability of your writing.
Because of this, call your attention to it and others are some of the transitional words you should consider employing in your work.
Be descriptive in your writing
You may lengthen your paper by going into great depth on a single concept.
For example, if you want to clean your home, be specific about the places you should concentrate on, as well as the detergents you should use.
However, keep in mind that if you concentrate too much on a single topic, your work may seem to be too wordy.
Engage the help of an essay writer
Asking a professional to write my essay for me cheap is one of the finest and most neglected methods to make your work seem lengthier. An essay writer concentrates on providing high-quality work to their customers .
As a result, they will take their time to produce a well-researched paper that reaches its word limit without difficulty.
Students struggle to meet their word limit for two reasons: they begin writing on a paper when it is nearly due or unfamiliar with the subject.
Students that attempt to lengthen their papers do so at the expense of their substance. Even though some of their tactics seem perfect, teachers may quickly spot them while reading the paper.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t legitimate methods to increase word count. The methods listed above will teach you which tactics to employ and which to avoid when writing your paper.
Simple methods such as raising your text size and plagiarising are no longer effective.
Ideas for Lengthening Your Paper
Make use of examples.
When you’re trying to figure out how to make an essay longer, start with the assertions you’ve made. Go back and look for the concepts you presented. Did you provide any instances to back up your claims? If you didn’t, consider including some research that backs up your argument. This will not only enhance your points, but it will also make your paper longer.
If you argued that UFOs were genuine, you might provide an example of a sighting from a witness or cite a documentary. You should use many examples for each concept! Because your arguments are substantiated, your professor will be pleased, and your writing will be lengthier as a consequence.
Use phrases to transition ideas
Including transitional words is a more natural approach to extend the length of your text. It enables you to move from one concept to the next while gently guiding your readers along. They will also extend the length of your text! It’s a win-win scenario for both parties. In your article, try using some of the following phrases:
Try outlining in the other direction
It’s exactly what it sounds like: reverse outlining. After you’ve finished writing your paper, go through it again and make an outline based on what you’ve previously written. This may help you rearrange pages so that they make better sense to others who are reading your work and identify places where you need to improve.
Take advantage of the chance to lengthen your work if you notice a point you made that might be clarified more.
If you find long paragraphs introducing several concepts, split them into smaller paragraphs and explain each point more fully.
Review the prompt again
You’ve probably read your prompt a million times by now, but revisit it if you’re having trouble generating a very lengthy text. Consider if you’ve addressed all of your professor’s queries. Did you use persuasive language to back them up? Take the time to double-check that you’ve met all of the criteria. If you haven’t already, you should add additional information to your paper.
Try to format your paragraphs
Make sure that each paragraph has the proper formatting. A subject sentence, supporting evidence and argument, and a conclusion or transition should be included in each paragraph of the essay format . If portions of this formatting are missing from some of your paragraphs, write phrases to fill in the gaps.
Increase the number of words you use
It’s akin to the ridiculous advice to “simply use more phrases or words!” But pay attention to what we’re saying and take a look at your work. There are a few clever methods to utilise multiples instead of one…
Verbs that begin with “to be” should be included. Sayings like “I eat fast” should be avoided. Try writing something like, “I am a fast eater.”
Be more detailed in your writing. “We had a good time at the fair,” don’t mention. “This weekend, my buddy and I went to the fair,” you might say. “Riding the Ferris wheel and eating funnel cakes was a blast.”
Convert verbs to nouns. “I came to the conclusion that…” is lengthier than “I came to the conclusion that…”
See if you can disprove your own assertions
Consider the counter-arguments to your thesis and make sure you’ve answered them. Sure, you could make a compelling case for your viewpoint. What, on the other hand, would someone in the other camp say? And, in answer, what would you say? Making sure their answers are already in your paper is a fantastic way to make sure you’ve covered all the bases… and a great way to add some length if your paper is a bit short.
Ensure that your paper’s structure is sound
Confirm that your introduction, thesis statement, and conclusion are all strong. Although you may be concentrating on the body of your paper and the data that supports your viewpoint, a good introduction, thesis, and conclusion are essential. Making sure your paper begins off strong (strong intro), has a solid foundation to build on (strong thesis), and leaves the reader satisfied (excellent conclusion) is a fantastic approach to make it better—and longer!
Tricks That No Longer Work in Making Your Paper Longer
However, this does not rule out the possibility of lengthening your paper legitimately. But, to be safe, here are some techniques that you may believe are working but that you should avoid.
Avoid too much line spacing
Don’t use line spacing to make your college paper longer. The majority of students believe that college instructors are incapable of distinguishing between line spacing.
Increasing font sizes
We can identify the difference in font sizes in your works just as we can detect the difference in line spacing. Typeface 12 Times New Roman is the standard font for most college papers.
On the other hand, students will attempt to alter typefaces by raising them to 12.5 or 13. This may seem to be an intelligent approach, but we can tell the difference.
Professors may or may not indicate the kind of typeface to be used. Students, in this instance, attempt to influence them by choosing larger fonts such as Ariel Black and assuming that we would accept it. We can speak the truth, however.
Content with a lot of words
You’ve undoubtedly encountered someone who rambles on and on about something, causing you to lose track of the plot. A good tale will lose its significance if it has too many words.
I’ve seen pupils believe that by adding words to their work, the word count would rise. Technically, yes, but a long-phrase or paragraph is boring, and your thoughts may get lost in the shuffle.
I’ve read papers that had a fantastic beginning but were tedious to read the rest of the way. As a result, the enthusiasm fades and the desire to complete the piece wanes.
Students may also make their papers wordier by using complicated terms
I get that you want to seem astute, but employing complicated phrases is not the best way to do it. Simple words are considerably easier to understand and absorb.
It’s the same as cooking. Using too many spices and herbs can alter the flavour of the meal.
Plagiarising your work
Some students continue to copy work from the internet, paste it into word documents, and then submit it as their own.
Plagiarism may help you get more words, but it’s not the best method. Copying and pasting is not only a time-consuming method of completing tasks, but it also demonstrates academic dishonesty .
Some students believe that submitting material previously authored is not plagiarism since it is their work.
This is self-plagiarism, and if your professor chooses to report you, you will face severe consequences. If you submit plagiarised work, you risk being expelled.
Using an excessive number of quotations
Quotations aren’t terrible; in fact, they help you get more words on the page. They may make your paper seem as though you spent time researching it.
However, most students make the mistake of utilising too many quotes.
If you include too many quotes in your paper, it will seem less personal.
You will lose the opportunity to emphasise your points of view, which is irrelevant to the paper’s purpose.
The usual guideline for quoting in a research paper is that it should not exceed 20%.
Write without an outline
Although an outline is an essential component of your paper, most students neglect to make one before working on their projects. An overview is nothing more than a road map to assist you in writing your paper. It includes elements that will assist you in determining what subjects and subtopics to write about.
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Need to make a paper longer but out of ideas? Forget fudging the margins and font or even the legendary "period trick." These 6 tips will make your paper longer—and better!
Avoid the Old, Obvious Tricks
First and foremost, know that your professor most likely knows about all of the "easy" tricks and can spot 'em! Changing the font, changing the margins, doing the "period trick," and tons of other sneaky ways to make your paper longer have all been done before and then some. Since you need to make your paper longer , not worse , skip the easy stuff and focus on the content.
Cite a Few Sources
Add additional quotations to support your examples. If your paper is good, you'll have examples to support your thesis . To make your paper even better (and longer), make sure you have at least one quotation from the text—if not more—to support your examples. (And be careful about citing your quotations accurately, too.)
Add Some Examples to Your Paper
Add an additional example to each paragraph/argument/idea. If you can't add more quotations , add more examples to support your position. Think about more ways to make your point by showing —not just telling—the reader.
Check Your Paragraph Format
Make sure each paragraph has a topic sentence , supporting evidence , and a concluding/transition sentence. Of course, each paragraph should have more than just these three sentences, but you might be surprised at how easily each can be left off—and how much longer your paper can become if you go back through and insert missing items where needed.
See If You Can Prove Yourself Wrong
Think about the arguments against your thesis—and then make sure you've addressed those points. Sure, you may have good arguments for your position. But what would someone holding the opposite position say? And what would you say in response? Making sure those responses are already included in your paper is a great way to make sure you've covered all the bases... and a great way to add some length if your paper is a little shorter than you'd like.
Make Sure Your Paper Structure Is Solid
Confirm and reconfirm that you have a strong introduction , thesis statement , and conclusion . Although you may be focused on the body of your paper and the evidence supporting your position, having a strong intro, thesis, and conclusion are important, too. Making sure your paper starts with a bang (good intro), has a solid foundation to stand on (strong thesis), and leaves the reader convinced (stellar conclusion) is a great way to make sure your paper is all-around better—and longer!
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How to Make an Essay Longer the Smart Way
Meeting an essay’s required page or word count can sometimes be a struggle, especially if you’re juggling multiple papers or exams. In a pinch, students often rely on tricks like increasing margin size or making their font slightly bigger. Though these tricks do increase page length, there are easier (and smarter) ways to write a longer, high-quality essay. Making a paper meet minimum word or page counts doesn’t have to be an agonizing process—you can add length while also adding clarity and depth.
Here are 10 tips on how you can write a longer and a smarter essay, even if the deadline is fast approaching:
Tip #1: Look Back at Your Prompt/Rubric/etc.
If you’ve been provided a comprehensive prompt or rubric for an essay, read it, and read it again. Think about the following:
- Did you answer all of the questions in the prompt?
- Did you provide supporting evidence to back up whatever claims you made?
- Did you leave out any information that might increase the reader’s understanding of your argument?
- Did you meet all requirements (besides length) for the paper?
If the answer isn’t a decisive “yes” to every question on this list, go back and revise.
Tip #2: Go Back Through Your Introduction and Conclusion
Often times, ideas evolve while writing a paper. If the first thing you wrote was the introduction, go back and reread the first paragraph. You might decide that you left out key information that aids the reader in understanding your argument. When looking back on the conclusion, make sure you’ve both summarized the main points within the essay and provided your reader with a solution to consider. If you don’t feel you’ve done this, go back through and revise the paper.
Tip #3: Have Someone Proofread Your Essay
Even if you’re short on time ask a friend, sibling, or parent to read through your paper, specifically noting any points they find confusing. Then, go back and revise the parts that were unclear, adding in more information to provide readers with further clarity. You have a more comprehensive understanding of what you’re writing about than your reader, so having someone else look over your paper can be a helpful way to ensure that you haven’t missed any important details.
Tip #4: Use Quotations
Chances are, you have already used quotes in your paper. Quotations are a great way to enhance your argument while also driving up a paper’s word count, but don’t add quotes just for the sake of doing so. If you’re short on words, read through your source materials again to see if you’ve missed any valuable quotes. You can also do a little more research to see if there are any other sources you can add to provide the reader with more evidence toward your argument. Longer quotes aren’t necessarily better, but if you’re really in a bind, you might want to lengthen some of the quotes that are already included.
Tip #5: Review Your Outline
Did you make an outline to plan the essay when you first started? Go back through that initial outline and make sure you’ve hit all of your intended points. It’s possible that you’ve left out an important piece of your argument that would both increase page count and make for a better essay.
Tip #6: Include More Transitional Phrases
Graders often look for traditional words linking sentences to each other, like “therefore,” “even though”, and “on the other hand.” Read through your essay and make sure the sentences flow smoothly into each other. If they don’t, go back and add in transitional phrases like the ones listed above. Your writing will be easier to read, and you’ll get closer to the minimum page requirement in the process.
Tip #7: Read Your Paper Out Loud
This might sound like a silly tip, but when you read your paper out loud, you become increasingly aware of any grammatical or syntactical issues. When you rephrase sentences to fix these, you might end up increasing the paper length a bit. In the process of reading out loud, you also might realize that you didn’t include sufficient details within a particular paragraph. If that’s the case, go back in and add more to increase length.
Tip #8: Take a Break From Your Essay
You’ve probably been staring at your computer screen for hours, hoping words will magically pop into your head. Take a break. Eat a snack, go for a walk, or talk to a friend on the phone. You’ll come back to the essay with a fresh perspective after some time away, and you might have new ideas after you’ve had time away from your paper.
Tip #9: Ask Your Instructor for Help
Most teachers, teaching assistants, and professors are willing to look over papers for students before the final submission date. If there is still time, ask if you can make an appointment to go over your paper or head over to office hours. Your instructor might offer tips on how to better answer the prompt, and this in turn may also increase the word count of the paper.
Tip #10: Use multiple examples to back up your argument
If you’ve only used one source or anecdote to explain a given point, find a second source to provide additional evidence for the reader. This method will help drive up a paper’s word count while also providing further support for your argument.
Although hitting a minimum page count can sometimes be challenging, you can do it the smart way by increasing the information you provide to the reader—there’s no reason to resort to tricks like increasing line spacing or font size. If you’re really in a bind at the last minute, you might want to break up some of your paragraphs. This increases length while also making text more manageable for a reader. But after going through the tips on this list, your paper should be adequate in length without you having to even consider spacing.
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How to make an essay longer: Simple Tricks to Dramatically Increase Word Count
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You may argue that a word count is not the main parameter in your essay, and you will be right. The actual content matters more and has a greater impact on your grade. However, a word count remains the key technical requirement and the one that most professors pay utmost attention to, especially if you are a junior at college. So, whether you like it or not, you must abide by the word count requirement.
In this article, we offer simple, yet highly effective tricks and tips to lengthen your essay’s word count, as most often students end up with less content volume when finishing the first draft.
Ways to Make a Paper Longer
What do you already know about how to make an essay longer? Perhaps, you’ve already heard about adding more examples, making sentences longer by adding more details, extending the existing sentence to make a whole new paragraph, and even starting a new chain of thoughts to support your arguments.
Below, we bring to your attention the most effective tips and tricks as advised by our fellow expert writers. They know firsthand how to quickly elongate a paper’s volume, and how to do it efficiently, that is, spending less time and effort and getting the maximum output.
Tricks to Make Your Paper Longer: Expert Advice
Trick #1 : Reread and revise
We advise that every time you are up to making essay longer, you should start with rereading your draft carefully, rethinking the content that’s already there, changing weak points, getting rid of shallow arguments, and start adding absolutely novel phrases, original ideas, and thoughts. This tactic always yields astonishing results, as opposed to extending separate sentences and fixing what’s already looking bad. Provided, you have time for such fundamental hacks, of course.
Trick #2 : Write more words that add value
One of the quickest ways to add length to your essay is by adding new words and phrases. Read through each sentence slowly and analyze where a single extra word or an additional phrase would make more sense, explain the meaning better, make the reading experience smoother, etc. Aim not to add empty and vague words, but only those that add value to your essay.
Trick #3 : Consider adding quotes & citations
Another brilliant way how to make a paper longer is by adding context-relevant quotes. You cannot have too many quotes in an essay, so aim for the most valuable and lengthy quote you can possibly find, which will extend your essay by at least a couple of sentences. Adding quotes and citations, wrap them into supporting and explanatory sentences before and after – that will noticeably increase essay length too. The optimal places for a quote in an essay are the introductory paragraph and the conclusion.
Trick #4 : Stretch an essay by adding transition words and phrases
Our writing experts recommend resorting to this trick only after you have tried everything above. This is because transition words and phrases don’t add value to the content. Nevertheless, they will definitely help you get more words in your paper and can make reading smoother. To add transition words and phrases, such as ‘basically’, ‘indeed’, ‘predominantly’, ‘after all’, ‘in a nutshell’, and ‘this way or the other’, pay attention to the way your existing sentences are connected, especially those that link different paragraphs. When finding ‘rough’ edges and missing links, consider adding appropriate transitions.
Trick #5 : Don’t forget about adjectives
Adding adjectives is another quick method to get more words into your essay. Adjectives, such as ‘brilliant’, ‘outstanding’, ‘enormous, ‘meaningless’, ‘balanced’, ‘bright’, and others have the power to either enhance the meaning of your words and sentences or diminish it, depending on the situation and your needs (e.g., if you want to support or refute a hypothesis).
If the above tricks and tips seem too time-consuming to you, or you feel like you need a little help, Bookwormlabs is always here to assist you! We know how to apply the above, as well as many other tricks and ways to make your essay longer. For over a decade, we’ve been helping students to achieve outstanding results in academia by crafting bespoke papers on their demand and according to their requirements. Book an expert writer now, and forget about headaches and sleepless nights over your essay writing and proofreading.
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5 Tips and Tricks on How to Make an Essay Longer
A lot of details are required in an essay and a student must research extensively to gather all the details required and write them. There is the introduction, detailed points in the body, summarized conclusion, and references.
Even with all the information, the toughest part a student may experience is hitting the right word count or expected number of pages. Some students can be tempted to add fluffy words or unnecessary information to lengthen their college admission essay writing . You can use these tricks and tips to make your essay longer.
In the classroom, you might have probably been taught the importance of being brief and direct to the point. This teaching is not wrong, but it is better applicable in other circumstances in life. An essay requires deeper details to make your points as elaborate as possible.
When your essay is short of the right word count, read through your points and elaborate on them further. Be sure the information you add is relevant and avoid fluff. If you had five strong points with a brief, to-the-point explanation, revisit them and add more information.
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Examples help to prove or make your argument stronger but they must be given in the right way. One example for each point might make your essay fall short of word count. If you research deeper, you will not luck more examples that you can use to add weight to your points. Use them wisely lest you affect the flow of your essay.
Before you start to write your essay, you should begin with an outline and write down the structure and the points you will use to make your essay look good. There are also the points your teacher wrote and asked you to include.
Read through your essay again and tick against your rough outline to make sure you have included every point your teacher gave you and the points from your ideas. If you are missing any point, work on it and use detailed information.
Your essay word count can be affected by the level of your research. If you did shallow research, you would have fewer points and your essay would be short. Go deeper into research and gather as much information as possible.
Students who immerse themselves into deeper research will mostly have more than enough points to use in their essays. Try this trick and you’ll be surprised to find yourself with points that you cannot include in your essay because you’ve already hit the required word count.
Quoting someone else in your essay helps add value to it. If you fail to use quotations sparingly and in the right way, it might make your essay look poorly written. When they are used in the right way, they make your points stronger and you can earn more marks. Find out if you can get more relevant quotations and use them wisely to make your essay look good.
Transitional sentences and phrases help to show how a paragraph or text section is related to the other. They create greater cohesion by helping to bridge one idea to the other. An example can be – you have important information to give, but no one pays attention. You are requesting a deal, but you are ignored.
There are many transitional sentences and phrases you can think about but they must add value to your essay and make the flow smooth. When used correctly, they will turn your essay into a great piece of writing.
Your essay might not meet the word count in your first round of writing, but if you revise it slowly and keenly, you create more words, sentences, and phrases to help lengthen it. The best trick is to take your time to research extensively to get more than enough information to use in your essay. When arguing on your points, do not use direct-to-the-point arguments, but elaborate as much as you can.
Michael Turner works in a technology startup as the lead copywriter and his contribution in terms of emails and landing pages has ensured great success for the company. He’s equally good in his freelancing gigs as an academic writer and his expertise is in thesis and essays. His free time is for reading fiction, playing strategy games and watching mixed martial arts.
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