Posts by ErinH:

How to Make a Thesis Statement the Easy Way (Infographic)
Imagine that you’re on a road trip on a hot day. You spy an ice cream shop and whip the car into the parking lot for a cold, towering, double-scoop cone. Mmm. The server places the ice cream in your hands … without a flipping cone. You fumble with the cold,...
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...
The Stress-Free Guide to APA Essay Format
It’s been my experience that there are two kinds of people in this world: those who can handle chaos and are happy to let the pieces fall where they may, and those of us who chase those people around trying to prevent disarray in the first place. We like neatness....
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...
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 …...
What Is a Hook Sentence? (Infographic)
If you’re havin’ essay problems, I feel bad for you, son. I got 99 problems but a hook ain’t one. I don’t have a hook problem, aside from the sick pleasure I glean from mangling popular song lyrics to suit my purpose, nor does Jay Z, if all those platinum...
10 Note Taking Strategies to Write a Better Essay
Your doctor does it after you leave. Your waiter does it in front of you. Reporters do it all over the place. No no no, not that. They take notes! Even the best of us have rather limited capacity for storing information in our brains, let alone knowing exactly...
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...
MLA Citation Format Made Easy (infographic)
Imagine that you just had a fantastic meal at a new restaurant opened by a renowned chef. You tell your friends all about it, raving about the chef’s brilliance (he studied in France, you guys), and the atmosphere (you should see the chandelier in the foyer!),...
How to Write MLA 7 Citations Without Going Crazy
“You’re bound to get idears if you go thinkin’ about stuff.” — Tom Joad in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath So you have to write a paper for your English class, and your teacher has asked you to include MLA citations for your sources. And maybe...
How to Write APA Citations in 4 Easy Steps
The scenario: It’s Sunday evening, and you’ve fallen way down the rabbit hole as you research your topic for your psychology class research paper. You’ve found so much good stuff that you’re positively giddy! Seeking and consuming information can be addictive,...
Ethos, Pathos, Logos: Be More Persuasive in Your Next Essay
Think back to the last time you tried to persuade someone to do something or to see an issue from your point of view. Did you succeed in convincing your teacher to give up grading or your parents to continue paying your cell phone bill for another year? No? Probably...
Essay Formatting Survival Guide (Infographic)
Would you ever dream of presenting a gift in a crumpled grocery bag? How about serving a five-course meal on paper plates? Would you don your finest flannel jammies for a job interview? Of course not! You weren’t raised in a barn, after all. (If you answered...
Compare and Contrast Essay Tips From a Kibin Editor
Erin H. has been one of Kibin’s favorite editors since August 2013. I had a chance to ask her for her best compare and contrast essay tips. Here’s what she had to say. In Simple Terms, What Is a Compare and Contrast Essay? A compare and contrast essay, at...