8 Tips How to Write a Good Essay if Your First Language is Not English

It is pretty safe to say that the biggest nightmare for every student out there is to write a college essay. But, when international students whose primary language isn’t English have to go through the process of writing an essay, everything becomes even more daunting, complex, and stressful.

If you’re one of those international students, you might be wondering – how can I write a good essay in English? Luckily for all individuals that are wondering the same thing, the article below can help. Let’s take a closer look at the list of 8 tips that could help you throughout the process:

1. There is Nothing More Helpful Then Reading…


Although this is something that cannot immediately help you with producing a good college essay, it’s still worth mentioning, especially since you’ll have to write papers in the future as well. If you want to become a good writer, then you need to become a good reader first.

This means that you’ll want to read as many English materials as possible. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should only read books in English, instead, you can read whatever you want, including blogs, forums, E-books, or whatever other material that you want. No matter what topic you choose, just read a lot.

2. …But, Writing Will Help Too

Although most people don’t realize it, writing is actually a skill, which means that you can improve it by simply practicing. When I first started this job, it took me some time to understand what I need to do and I was writing only one article per day. However, by practicing, I managed to improve my skills and I went from writing one article, to producing four.

Of course, if you often get writer’s blocks, you should start small. So, instead of you focusing on producing an essay that has 2.000 words, start small, and write 200 words. You could even write a few sentences or paragraphs, just to get a feeling of what you’ll have to do.

3. There Are Programs For Grammar


If there is one thing that you should take away from this article, it’s the fact that you shouldn’t care about grammar too much. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll want your essay to be grammatically correct, but instead of trying to make everything perfect, write it as you can, and then use an online or desktop program that’ll help you correct all the mistakes that you made.

A perfect example of these programs is Grammarly. By opening a free account or by paying for the premium version, you can simply copy and paste your essay, and the program will check everything for you. You can then simply correct all the mistakes, and you’ll be good to go.

4. There Are Experts That Can Help

If you feel completely overwhelmed by the fact that you cannot produce a high-quality article or if you simply want to brush up on your skills before you tackle the essay by yourself, you could always choose to ask a team of experts such as for some help.

By doing so, you can ensure that you get a good essay, but more importantly, you could also learn from them. How is that possible? Well, it’s quite simple, once the essay is returned to you, you can take a look at it and learn more about the form, writing style, as well as structure you should follow.

5. There Are Templates That You Can Follow


There is a wide range of templates online that you could use in order to write a good paper. If you choose to do this, you won’t only ensure that you create a high-quality paper, one that has a good structure, but this is something that will also help you save a lot of your free time.

Now, keep in mind, there are various structures and templates that you could use, which is why one of the most important things that you could do is to make sure that you’re using the right one. Hence, you could always ask your classmates for some assistance, which leads us to our next point…

6. Your Friends Can Help!

As a writer, one of the most daunting things for me is to actually judge the quality of my articles, mostly because I already think that I’ve done everything right. However, this isn’t always the case, which is why you might want to ask your friends or classmates for some assistance.

It’s always a good idea to ask them for some feedback because they won’t have any problems with telling you what you’ve done wrong, and more importantly, they might notice something that you’ve overlooked. It’s even better if you have a friend that is a native speaker.

7. Double-Check Everything


One of the most important things that you must ensure you do is to double-check every single thing in your essay. In fact, you should triple-check it, just in case you’ve missed some mistakes the first time. Additionally, don’t forget to check if all your paragraphs make sense and if they’re positioned properly.

8. Never Stop Improving Your Skills

Last on our list, but equally important as the other things we mentioned is that you should never stop learning and improving your skills. After all, you’ll have to write other essays in the future, and by constantly learning, you’ll eventually have no problems with producing a high-quality college paper.


Even if you’re an international student whose main language isn’t English, there are still some things that you could do in order to produce a high-quality essay for your college. And, if you follow some or most of the tips we mentioned above, you’ll certainly make the entire process easier and less daunting.

So, now that you’ve learned what you could – and definitely should – choose to do, you might not want to lose any more of your time. Instead, you should go back to the beginning of our article, and start with the first two tips we mentioned, which are reading more and improving your writing skills.

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