There is only one way to suggest the importance of grammar in your admission essays – very. Today, with in built spell and grammar checks in almost all the word based programs, applicants actually have no reason to ignore grammatical errors. Hence, if you submit an admission essay that is flawed as far as the grammar is concerned, chances are you would not make a rather favourable impression.
There are two important reasons why the universities abroad seek an admission essay. While it is a fair enough way for them to judge and understand the applicant’s candidature and prune the list, it is also a rather convenient way to judge the applicant’s language skills. What applicants forget to realize is that more than anything, an admission essay is a written document. Writing few lines or writing a full-fledged essay require certain language skills. Universities abroad not only wish to judge whether or not you are a right fit to the university’s’ culture, but also seek to understand whether you can clearly and concisely express yourself in the chosen medium of instruction – in most of the cases that is English language. Hence, when writing your admission essay, keep a strong check on your grammar.
Here are a few pointers about your grammar that you must keep in mind. More so as they would not ideally be picked up by the computer in a spell and grammar check.
Select a tense and stick to it. Students tend to mix up their verbs and keep shifting from past to present to future continuous. While from a paragraph to paragraph that might happen without concern, students should keep in check that it does not happen within a sentence.
Avoid jumping from first person to third person. As much as you can (also depending on the question asked) try to answer the questions in first person.
Be extremely careful about your prepositions. Usually spell and grammar check do not pick up wrong prepositions. Hence, you must be extra careful with your prepositions.
Avoid the use of slangs. Keep the tone casual yet formal.
- Do not forget the importance of right punctuation. Most of the applicants err with the punctuation. It is important to remember that a well punctuated essay is essential.