Where will you search for the essay examples? On professional essay writing sites? In essay databases? Just google them? What if we tell you that the best essay topics can be found in social media, that acute Twitter posts can make great material for open-ended essays and a heated Facebook discussion easily turns into A-grade text?
Don’t believe us? Let’s look through these 5 simple hacks and see!
1. Tweets of VIPs can be a material for discussion
If news can be made from one Twitter post, the essay can too! Just browse through the Twitter accounts of top politicians or stars and you will most definitely see something that will urge you to start a discussion. An acute topic that is widely discussed publicly right now – what else you need to make your essay perfectly up-to-date and interesting to the public?
Sometimes people are tweeting questions. Questions are asked to be answered, so if you structure your answer as an essay, with viable examples, arguments, and other stuff – this may not only give you a good mark but also draw the attention of question author to you.
There are also some interesting Twitter cases that deserve a separate essay (for example Elon Musk making an agreement about building a solar power plant in Australia via Twitter). If you just google the top tweets of the week/month/year, you may find the true jewels!
2. Facebook posts – just add water!
While in Twitter people are limited with a small number of symbols, Facebook allows them to express their thoughts in a broader way. The audience of Facebook also prefers more structured texts, so some top posts are essentially mini-essays that just need some more words to fit the essay limit your teacher gave to you.
We don’t urge you to plagiarize the posts of other people, of course. But a good Facebook post usually has an introduction, a conclusion (even if brief), and some paragraphs in between that are logically connected. You have a ready-made structure draft and thesis statements without using free essay samples that were used dozens of times before. Also, you can take a look at other essays on free databases like ozziessays.com to diversify and expand the information in your essay.
Also have a look at the comments, if you have some free time. Some of the comments deserve to become posts by themselves – but to find them you’ll have to browse through tons of emojis and one-word-says-all trash. That’s the Internet, unfortunately.
3. Quora. A ready-made discussion to your service!
The Quora used to be a service where a person asked a question – any question – and got the answer from other users. But now we can see more and more provocative questions, where the users below fight each other with arguments, referencing to external sources and logical constructions, proving their points of view. See where is it going?
The Quora posts aren’t as well-structured as Facebook ones, but they are usually limited to the question asked (while in Facebook the discussion can go astray) and there are countless arguments that look very, very valid, and persuasive. If you need to show the two opposite points of view in your essay, Quora is your choice, definitely.
4. Instagram? Okay…
Instagram posts with beautiful people, travel, and kittens seem to be as far from essays as it possible. But the distance can be shortened if you look not at particular posts, but at the trends: why people like this and dislike that?
This isn’t as straightforward as in the previous variants, but Instagram is a very graphical depiction of what people consider ideal and worth sharing. These ideals can look weird, even grotesque, but this is what people want now. Why do they want it? This is a great theme of your research.
5. Blog posts
The easiest way to find an essay is to browse through blog posts. A blog entry is usually quite a big text (500 words average) and to make it readable bloggers arrange it well and make it into an almost complete essay. The only thing you need is to find the right blogger and follow them to get free essay samples every now and then.
Try looking through big blogging platforms like WordPress and using keyword search there to find interesting blogs, communities, or collaborations that write in the essay-like style. This will give you an endless supply of essay themes – communities don’t depend on the mood of a single author, there is always someone who writes an entry.
If you are tired of the free essay samples that repeat each other and were used by college students years before your enrollment, or you just search for a fresh source of inspiration – social media are a great place to start your search. It demands a bit more effort than just downloading a ready sample – but the results will be extremely rewarding!