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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 Make an Essay Longer Without Writing Useless Fluff
Whenever you’re writing an essay for a class, to get into your dream school, or for some other reason besides “just for the heck of it,”  you usually need to write a minimum number of words or pages. And while there are probably topics you could write about forever — an ode to your pillow …
This Analytical Essay Outline Will Kick Start Your Writing
You’ve been staring at your blank computer screen for what feels like hours, trying to figure out how to start your analytical essay. You try to choose between writing the introduction first or getting right into the meat of it. But somehow, it seems too difficult to do either. What you need is is a …
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 …
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 …
4 Expert Tips to Writing an A+ Analytical Essay
Write an analytical essay. It’s a short sentence, but it packs some intimidation, doesn’t it? Don’t let it scare you. It’s really just a fancy way of saying, “Write a paper, and support what you say.” It’s like piecewise linear interpolation. Now that sounds scary! Someone once explained it to me as a mathematical way …
How to Write a Research Proposal in 6 Important Steps
“I propose to cut taxes by 22%.” “I’m going to propose to Emma on Valentine’s Day.” “I propose we go to the new sushi place for dinner.” These are all great proposals, but they’re nothing like the research proposal you need to write … or are they? Actually, they’re more alike than you might think. …
How Good Transition Words Can Improve Your Writing
Good transition words guide your reader from one thought in your writing to the next. They allow you to arrange your ideas in a clear and meaningful way that the reader can easily follow. If you think of writing as being a type of journey, you can think of transition words as being like sign …
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 …