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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, sloppy mess as 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 …

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. Tidiness. Orderliness. And consistent formatting. …

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 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. …

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 albums are to be believed. …

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 where that information came from and …

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 …

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!), and the amazing food (those sauces, though!) …but you …

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 that freaks you out just a little (….or …

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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. …
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 …
97 Transition Words for Essays You Need to Know
A transition is a “passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another.” At least that’s what Merriam-Webster’s dictionary says. But that thing’s only been around for like 184 years or so, so I’d like to amend it a bit. Instead, let’s say a transition is “a passage from one state, stage, subject, place, …
How to Write a Research Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide
True or false? Writing a research paper is time-consuming. True:  Writing a research paper is very time consuming. You can’t just grab a few random sources and try to make them work. You certainly can’t start writing a research paper a few hours before it’s due and expect to write an “A” paper. True or false? Writing …
What Is a Summary Analysis and How Can You Make Yours Good?
Do you remember when Brangelina first happened? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were both pretty good on their own, but when they got together, they became an instant Hollywood power couple. In the world of literature and essay-writing, the Brangelina of essays is the summary analysis. t By now, you’ve probably written more analysis essays …
6 Prewriting Strategies to Get Your Essay Rolling
I’m a traveler. During my journeys, I have met myriad travelers, each with different ways of traveling. One of the most interesting differences I’ve noticed has been the various ways in which travelers prepare for a trip. Interestingly, it mirrors the different prewriting strategies writers use to prepare for an essay. On one end of the …
What Is a Critical Analysis Essay and What Makes One Good?
Do you take everything you see or read at face value, or do you think about it on a deeper level? Or think about it this way: if you were in The Hunger Games, would you be an inhabitant of The Capitol—carefree and enjoying the “entertainment” of the Games—or more critical of the government and …
How to Write an Insightful Interpretive Essay
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “interpretive”? For me, a couple things come to mind—interpretive dance, language interpretation, and fortune telling. Hear me out on the last one for a second. Think about Professor Trelawney’s class—what was one of the first things they did? Read tea leaves. Those young …
10 ½ Writing Strategies to Make English Class Easier This Semester
Every student has to take English classes at some time or another. In all of these classes, you’ll have to write stuff (cue theme from “Jaws”). Given a choice between two classes, “Writing 101” and “Breaking Rocks with Your Head,” most students would pick the latter. Why is that? What is it about writing an …