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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...
Why Wordy Sentences Are Killing Your Writing
Teachers often assign essays that have to meet a minimum word, paragraph, or page count. Unfortunately, this often leads to a paper littered with wordy sentences. Instead of adding more context or evidence to your thesis, you end up with a lot of fluff. While the...
10 Common Types of College Essay Prompts–and How to Crush Them
What makes you so special? At one time or another, someone has probably asked you this snarky question to call you out on something. But when it comes to college admissions essays, it’s a downright serious question. The people reading essays really do want to...
How to Create a Powerful Argumentative Essay Outline
Sure, you’re a lover, not a fighter. But that doesn’t mean you can avoid writing your argumentative essay!   Since you have to write an argumentative essay, you might as well learn how to write it well, right? I’ve said it time and time again—there’s...
How to Title an Essay When You’re Absolutely Stumped
Think essay titles don’t really matter? Think your profs don’t care whether you have an interesting and original title? Think again. Here’s a quick math equation to help explain why titles do matter. English profs often teach 4 classes each semester, with...
2 Synthesis Essay Examples That Have It All Together
Remember those packs of building blocks you used to get as a kid? Each pack contained just enough tiny pieces to construct your favorite superhero, princess, or jet fighter. As a child, you likely relied on the picture on the front of the plastic package, rather...
49 Persuasive Speech Topics You’ll Actually Want to Talk About
One of your worst nightmares comes true: public speaking. Your next speech is due within days, and you imagine yourself standing in front of the class, shaking uncontrollably, and suddenly unable to remember anything you’re supposed to say. Your professor seems...
13 Sociology Research Topics That Won’t Bore You to Death
It’s late Sunday night, and you’ve spent more time than you should binge-watching your new favorite crime drama. Even though you most certainly feel like those eight hours were time well-spent, they did nothing to help you think of a good topic for your upcoming...
How to Write a Thesis Statement in 5 Simple Steps
Hungry for tacos? Feel like you can’t fully concentrate on your writing assignment until you make a trip for a late-night snack? As tempting as a few tacos and a burrito sound right now, don’t rush to satisfy your cravings just yet. Instead, continue reading...
15 Thesis Statement Examples for Research Papers to Inspire You
Tell me if this has happened to you: your phone gets dunked in water (we won’t discuss how), and you start researching to see if putting it in rice will actually save it. You read a few blog posts and watch a few videos. But instead of immediately putting your...
30 Exemplification Essay Topics for an Excellent Essay
Imagine getting hired as a bus driver, and on your first day on the job, your boss tells you to “start driving.” Your first reaction might be, “Um…okay, where should I go?” Without a clear idea of where you should be driving (or for that matter, where...
How to Sneak a Little Writing Practice Into Your Summer Schedule
With all the writing you do during the school year, one of the last things you might want to do during summer vacation is write some more. However, keeping up a consistent writing habit will help build your skills (and may even lead to more enjoyment when you’re...
Use These Persuasive Techniques to Be More Convincing
When you were a child, how many times did your parents say “absolutely not” when you asked for something? How many of those times did you persuade your parents to finally say yes? Sometimes it’s a given that you’ll never be able to convince your parents....
What’s the Difference Between Inductive and Deductive Reasoning?
Let’s say you’re sitting in class, and you make any random claim like “Professor Smith never eats fast food” or “the neighbor’s dog is stealing my dog’s toys.” Your friend might tell you to “prove it” or might ask, “How do you know?” What...
How to Write Attention Grabbers That Work
Read this post to get an awesome grade on your next essay! Okay, so I can’t exactly promise that by reading this post alone you’ll get an awesome grade on your next paper. But that opening line likely grabbed your attention, right? You’re still reading this...
How to Write a Book Review Like a Pro
“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is an old saying that means you shouldn’t judge something (or someone) by appearances only. If you literally shouldn’t judge a book’s merits by cover art alone, then what should you do to learn more about a book (aside...
33 Commonly Misused Words (and How to Get Them Right)
I’m pretty sure we’ve all texted someone and experienced autocorrect turning our statements into nonsensical garbage or something totally unintended. You know the types of texts. “Meet me at the library” somehow turns into “Meet me at the liberty,”...
How to Present a Research Paper the Easy Way
Your heart is pounding so hard that you’re positive everyone in the room can hear it. Beads of sweat form on your brow as you try to load your presentation. You pause and breathe deeply. It does nothing to calm you. The presentation finally loads … but it’s...
How to Write an Entertaining Satirical Essay
Most people run into some form of satire in their day-to-day lives—from comedians talking about politics to online comics criticizing the education system. But somehow, when students have to read or write satire for class, they tend to get a little lost. Most...
How to Write About 3 Important The Awakening Themes
Ever wake up and say to yourself, “I need to make some changes in my life”? Maybe you want a new job, a new college major, a new significant other, or even a new haircut. Whatever it happens to be, you know that something has to change. If you’ve ever felt...
How to Write a Professional Email … Like a Professional
I bet you’re no stranger to electronic communication. There’s a good chance that you and everyone you know are using Twitter, text messages, and Facebook Messenger almost daily. And this is good news because it means that you’re practicing your communication...