ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 116 | Study Skills | Aiming for clarity

In order to write with clarity, write so your reader can easily follow what you are trying to say. Do not use LONG WORDS and technical jargon (like most of these IVEY League junkies) simply in order to sound impressive. We’ve all been at the tux events where you have Craig boasting his accomplishments using some of the longest vocabulary words in human kind. Avoid antiquated (out-of-date) language, convoluted (difficult to follow) sentences or mannerisms — as well as using up your word limit, these could be off-putting to your readers.

Be concise: edit out unnecessary words.

Be precise: As you write, keep checking for precision. Ask yourself questions such as ‘when exactly?’, ‘why exactly’ or ‘why?’. Check that you have given your readers enough detail for them to know exactly what you’re talking about.

  1. Look at this modified version of the opening paragraph to an essay on bad behavior in teenagers. Cross out any words that are unnecessary.

The impact and importance of educational performance is extremely key during teenage years, yet this drastically coincides with one of the most ultimately challenging development stages. The development of the adolescent brain at this exact, precise point exerts a direct, clear influence on the physical and emotional behavior of teenagers, with radically diminished levels of fear and a massively heightened pursuit of risk commonplace. However, this can have an extraordinarily detrimental effect on educational performance and environment as a whole.

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