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Creative Writing Tips to Boost Your Confidence
I’m sure you’ve heard stories about famous writers who say they can’t write until they’re inspired or unless they have the perfect writing conditions. For these writers, inspiration might hit in six months when they’re walking out of a pub in London or...
How to Improve Clarity in Writing and Get Your Point Across
We’ve all read something that makes us pause and reread the sentence or paragraph over again. Found in everything from books to blogs, and even in our own writing, confusing and unclear sentences can take their toll on readers. But I’m here to help you improve...
How to Apply the CRAAP Test to Your Essay Sources
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re searching online for sources for your research paper, and halfway through reading, you ask yourself, “Who writes this crap?” Good question. You, your neighbor, or just about anyone can publish online. In the world of...
Creating a Thesis Statement: 5 Myths to (Sometimes) Ignore
Have you ever heard that touching a frog will give you warts or that Twinkies never expire? These urban legends have been around a long time, but they’re simply myths. While touching some frogs can irritate your skin, frogs don’t cause warts. They’re caused...
How to Write a Historiographical Essay … When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing
It’s a bright, sunny summer day, and you and your friend decide to walk to the beach. You cut through a park and encounter a woman walking a German Shepherd dog. When you meet up with your group at the beach, your friend tells a story of how you were almost attacked...
How to Synthesize Information the Smart Way
You may have written a few synthesis essays in your English classes, but knowing how to synthesize information has value far beyond your Dracula essay. This skill is used in countless areas—from history to science—and can come in handy in both professional...
How to Write a Report the Stress-Free Way
Step into the time machine, and let’s take a journey back to your second-grade classroom. You’re studying (what you feel is) the best subject in the world: dinosaurs. Your teacher tells you to write a report about your favorite dinosaur, so you rush to find...
Malapropisms: Are You Making These Funny Mistakes?
“Malapropism” (sometimes also referred to as Dogberryism) If you saw your name associated with the terms above, you’d be forgiven if your first thought is to immediately visit your favorite health website and see what type of dreadful disease you may have....
5 (Bad) Writing Habits You Need to Break
Most of us have bad habits we’d like to break. Maybe you’re guilty of hogging the only TV in the dorm or leaving your Chinese takeout boxes all over the living room (both of which drive your roommates crazy). If your bad habits only cause a few disagreements...
30 Proposal Essay Topics That Are Easy and Fun to Write
You have spent the last couple of years in a committed relationship—with writing. Love them or hate them, essays have been by you through thick and thin. So when you walk into class and your professor says you’re going to do something new today, your heart...
How to Paraphrase Anything (The Right Way)
Ever see those pictures of two almost identical images (like the one below) where your only task is to spot the differences between them? The images are so similar that it’s nearly impossible to find even the most minute change. If you paraphrase incorrectly,...
Wrap It Up: 15 (Better) Concluding Transitions
Think about your favorite TV series. Whether you’re old school and wait for a new episode each week or you prefer to binge-watch all seven seasons in one weekend, the harsh truth is that eventually your beloved series must come to an end. At the end of that final...
What Is Inclusive Language, and Why Does It Matter?
We’re going to be diving into something a little bit different today. Instead of a post about how to write a killer conclusion or what symbolism you can find in The Scarlet Letter, we’re going to discuss inclusive language. Language is how we communicate our...
Personal Statement Advice: What Admissions Experts Have to Say
Writing a personal statement can be daunting. There are only few hundred words standing between you and your biggest goal. Once your grades are completed and your volunteer and extracurricular work is logged, your personal statement is your last opportunity to...
33 Persuasive Essay Ideas That Make an Impact
How does a day rushing down water slides or floating peacefully down a lazy river sound? What if I told you that you absolutely need to go to a new local waterpark because it really is just that awesome? Would free passes seal the deal? If you’re a big fan of...
20 Ways to Improve Your Academic Writing
Would you write an email to your boss using the same word choices and style that you’d use to send an email or text to your friend? Would you start your email to your boss with “Hey dude, wassup?” Probably not. Why? Because writing to your boss demands a...
3 Hunger Games Characters and How to Write About Them
You can have the most action-packed novel out there, but if the characters aren’t great, the story probably won’t feel complete. When it comes to The Hunger Games, the characters feel in-depth and relatable—even in a place and time readers can’t necessarily...
4 Hunger Games Themes for a Killer Analysis
Every once in a while, for better or worse, there’s a series of books that catches like wildfire. Think the Harry Potter series, the Twilight books, or—the subject of this post—The Hunger Games trilogy. Books like these not only gain massive popularity with...
11 Secrets to Good College Essays
Your hands tremble as you nervously open the letter that just arrived from your dream school. And then… “Noooooo!” you scream in anguish as your dreams (and your soul) are crushed by those big red letters staring back at you. Okay, an actual rejection letter...
How to Start a Personal Statement the Right Way
Imagine you’re auditioning to be a contestant on a cool new TV show that requires you to traverse the country in search of clues. If you get to the final destination first, you win a million dollars. (Not a bad deal, right?) As you step in front of a panel of...
How to Come Up With College Essay Ideas that Stand Out
Let’s say you’re a single person who’s looking for a significant other but can’t seem to find any normal people at school or at work, so you decide to try an online dating app. You want your profile to stand out among potential dates, so you carefully select...