How to write an essay so that you sound educated

How to write an essay seems to be overwhelming, and it is even more intimidating if the essay must reflect one’s education. So how do I write my essay if I want it to reflect my knowledge and education?

The solution to this problem is solely based on human psychology given that the goal is to convince my audience that I master the content my essay. Here are some suggestions that will help you make a considerable improvement in the way you write your essays.

The first thing to consider when I write an essay is my audience’s perception of the concept of education. For example, an essay written for a small town’s newspaper would reflect your education to readers if they can feel through it that I am up-to-date when it comes to national and international issues; however, if I am writing an essay for an academy of Philosophy, in order to convince all the professors who will be reading your work, I need to show them through my essay that I am familiar with the opinion of the greatest philosophers (especially antique philosophers) regarding the topic.
A second thing to remember is that our common sense makes us believe that an educated person is one that has done a lot of reading and has a broad knowledge of literature or philosophy works. Therefore, it would be a good idea to include quotations from novels or other well-known works in essays. Additionally, doing this would increase my credibility.

The third point is probably the most obvious of all of my suggestions. In an essay, the wording and sentence structure must reflect a high level of education. This can be easily done by using strong words, words which have narrow meanings and which definitions are less popular than most of the spoken words and varying the sentence structure. However, you must be aware that overusing such words can have an adverse effect on your essay because their intricate meanings are likely to confuse the reader.
Another way to make education emanate from my essay is to make its sentences as short as possible and avoid grammar mistakes and clichés. When readers detect unnecessary wordiness, clichés or grammar mistakes, they tend to belittle the essay and question the author’s intellectual capabilities.

My last and most important advice is to avoid writing as though you were speaking. This is probably one of the most common mistakes we make while writing, and it is fatal for the essay and the credibility of the author. The usage of slangs and expressions that are solely meant to be spoken makes the reader doubt the writing skills of the author.

Many elements have to be present in an essay and some should be avoided if it has to reflect a high level of education, but the most important of thing to bear in mind, if I want to know how to write an essay, is that making my essay reflect my education mostly deals with the psychology of the readers; consequently, simple suggestions like audience analysis, quotation and strong words usage, avoidance of wordiness, grammatical mistakes, clichés and spoken  \expression will make a considerably positive difference in the way I write my essays.