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Rough Draft Mishaps: 5 Painful Mistakes to Avoid
I don’t know about you, but I feel like the hardest part of any writing assignment is composing a rough draft. It has to have much more detail than an outline, but you don’t want to perfect it too much because it is, after all, just a draft. It’s all about striking the perfect balance. …
Loose Ends: How to End an Essay With Authority
You’ve powered through your essay and have a pretty good draft in front of you. But now you’re coming up to the conclusion, and all the usual questions start rattling around in your head. Did you include enough evidence to support your arguments? Should you write more, or would that just make your essay sound more …
15 Types of Essay Feedback and How to Address It
The end is the beginning is the end. Or so it constantly seems when writing an essay. As soon as you think you’re finished, it’s time to examine, revise, and rewrite. The end of your first draft marks the beginning of your second. The beginning of your third draft marks the end of your second. …

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What Is a Summary Analysis and How Can You Make Yours Good?
Do you remember when Brangelina first happened? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were both pretty good on their own, but when they got together, they became an instant Hollywood power couple. In the world of literature and essay-writing, the Brangelina of essays is the summary analysis. t By now, you’ve probably written more analysis essays …
How Comedians Teach You to Write Good Transition Sentences
Think back to the last time you saw a really great stand-up comedy show. The jokes were funny. The comedian was a good story teller, transitioning effortlessly between segments, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Now think about a time when you saw a really terrible comedian. It may have been the …
How to Write an Analytical Essay That Digs Deep
Do you remember that analytical essay you were assigned a week or two ago?  Do you realize that it’s due in a few days, and you haven’t even started it yet?  Yes, really; it’s due in a few days, so it’s time you stop procrastinating and begin writing that analytical essay! Keep reading this blog …
How to Control the Tone of an Essay
Though tone is slippery to nail down and might be one of the most difficult parts of a language to learn, managing the tone of an essay can make the difference between an “A” and an “F.” In fact, tone can also be the determining factor for getting a nice pat on the back after you …
How to Analyze an Article the Right Way
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do most anything. Imagine you’re on an African safari dream vacation. Your tour guide stops in the middle of the Serengeti to point out a pride of lions and to allow a photo op. The right way to enjoy this breathtaking moment: Stay inside the vehicle …
How to Write Good Essay Titles That Are… Good
Can you imagine a world where everything was named as blandly as possible? “Come here, Pet.” “Hey, Maternal Grandmother, could I get your recipe for Casserole?” “Book about a Long Journey is pretty much the best thing I’ve ever read.” “I love shopping at Clothing Store at Mall—its Regular Jeans are to die for.” Meh. …
What Is a Literature Review and How Do You Write One?
If you’re assigned to write a movie review, you need to watch a movie and then critically evaluate it. Logic dictates that if you’re assigned to write a literature review, you’d read some type of literature and then critically evaluate it. But that’s not the case. Sometimes logic can fail you. It’s like if you …
The Best Way to Prepare for Your In-Class Essay
You’ve known for a week that this day was coming. It’s the day you’ll have to write the dreaded in-class essay. You don’t work well under pressure. You have no time to organize your thoughts. You never know what to write. You’re freaking out and can feel your heart pounding out of your chest. You …
10 ½ Writing Strategies to Make English Class Easier This Semester
Every student has to take English classes at some time or another. In all of these classes, you’ll have to write stuff (cue theme from “Jaws”). Given a choice between two classes, “Writing 101” and “Breaking Rocks with Your Head,” most students would pick the latter. Why is that? What is it about writing an …