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When your reader says: I didn’t understand your main point.

When readers tell you that they don’t understand your main point, it’s a clear sign that there’s a problem with your paper.

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This kind of confusion in your reader is most commonly caused by one of 3 problems:

  1. You have loaded your paper with too many ideas or points of view so your reader is confused about what’s most important.
  2. You haven’t taken a strong enough stand on your topic. A paper is always a kind of argument, so don’t make the mistake of leaving it up the reader to decide what’s right or what’s true.
  3. You have a main idea but you haven’t spelled it out clearly enough. Sometimes writers make the mistake of saving their main idea for the last paragraph—in most school papers you state your main idea up front—usually in the first paragraph.

Which statement seems closest to your situation?

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