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4 Ways to Mine Social Media for Better Topics to Write About
Here’s an all-too-common scenario faced by students everywhere: you’re assigned to write a paper, but you don’t know what to write about. Your prof tells you to write about something unique, something original, something that interests you. The problem is, right now, the only thing that interests you is finding a topic for your paper. …
30 Persuasive Thesis Statement Examples That Are…Persuasive
Let’s pretend you wrote the following as a working thesis statement for your persuasive essay: Global climate change has been debated for many years. Do you think this is a persuasive thesis statement? (HINT: Say “no”!)     NO: The thesis statement is a fact. It is not persuasive and not debatable. If you answered “yes” …
Contemporary and Controversial: How to Write a Powerful Social Issues Essay
More often than not, when you’re assigned an essay, you think, “Great. I have zero interest in this topic. How am I supposed to write five pages about it?” But every once in a while, you get that essay assignment that encourages you to write about something you feel passionate about. Something you can sink …

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How to Write an Annotated Bibliography That Works
Once upon a time there was a hard-working student who paid close attention to lectures, studied hard, and learned how to cite properly in both MLA and APA format. The sun shone brightly. Then one day a dark cloud overshadowed the world. A professor asked the student to write an annotated bibliography. The student grew …
Here Is the Right Way and the Wrong Way to Write Topic Sentences
Great essays can make you feel like you’re on a journey—while others are more like a bad road trip. What makes the difference? Often it’s as simple as the directions you’re given along the way. To steer your readers through the curves and straightaways of your essay, it helps to give them signposts along the …
How to Write an Essay on Just about Anything
“Man, this essay is going to be impossible.” We’ve all been in this boat before, confronted with an essay assignment that is beyond difficult. What if I told you that I can teach you how to write an essay about pretty much anything under the sun? Even … hmm …wombats. “What? Why wombats?” you wonder. …
3 Ways to Focus on Concrete Language in Your Next Essay
Here’s a list of concrete words: Bull float Expansion joint Forms Screed Trowel Rebar Yes, these are literally words related to concrete, but that’s most likely not what your prof means when he tells you to focus on concrete language. Keep in mind, though, that these words could be considered concrete language because they’re very …
How to Find Primary Sources for Your History Essay
History is usually taught in the most boring way possible. You read your textbooks, try to memorize important names and dates, and take a few tests along the way. You’ve gotten used to this routine. But now your instructor wants to shake things up by having you write a history essay. Now you’re lost. You …
How to Read and Understand an Essay Assignment
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 30 years on this planet, it’s that you should always read the instructions. Okay, most of the time. At any rate, I know that you should read the instructions on tests. I learned this by accidentally skipping two pages of the math section on the SAT. Apparently, when …
How to Analyze Imagery in Literature the Smart Way
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words,” right? But does it really take 1,000 words to create a vivid picture? Check out this short paragraph from Charlotte’s Web: Fern came slowly down the stairs. Her eyes were red from crying. As she approached her chair, the carton wobbled, and …
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. …
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 …