Posts by Susan M. Inez:

How to Write a Critique (That Doesn’t Suck)
If you’re assigned to write a critique and your first thought is, “I have absolutely no idea how to write a critique,” that’s understandable. But in all actuality, you probably already have a sense of how to critique. Need proof? Think about trying a new corner deli. The first time you visit, you evaluate the deli …
How to Analyze 4 Important Handmaid’s Tale Characters
Ever go to a party with your BFF, and when you get there, the only person you know is the friend who invited you? While meeting a whole bunch of new people is great, it can be a mental challenge to try to remember people’s names, what they do, or even if they’re the people …
20 Unique Research Paper Ideas That Will Stand Out
Unless your prof has taught a grand total of no more than one course in her teaching career, chances are she’s already tired of reading papers about topics like these: The differences between high school and college Marijuana legalization Gun control School uniforms While it is possible to write a uniquely fascinating research paper about …
What Is a Policy Brief, and How Do You Write One?
It’s late at night, and you’re desperate to find a good movie. You start scrolling through the thousands of options offered on your favorite video streaming service. What if instead of a short two-line summary of each movie, the service only offered a three-page detailed overview and analysis? Who has the time (or desire) to …
How to Write an Inspiring American Dream Essay
Ask a surfer gal in SoCal about her life, and she might reply, “Livin’ the dream.” Ask the same question to a survivalist living off the grid in Alaska or to an off-Broadway actor living in a 400-square-foot studio apartment in NYC, and they’re also likely to express the same satisfaction about living their American …
15 Rhetorical Devices That Will Spice Up Your Essays
When you sit down at a Mexican restaurant, you’re often given free chips and salsa to munch on before your meal. If you’re one of those people who love to feel the burn, you’ll likely take one bite of the free salsa and ask your server for something hotter. Why? Because free salsa is usually …
Q&A: What You Should Know About Avoiding Plagiarism
Think plagiarism isn’t serious? Think about this: How would you feel if you went to the doctor with back pain that left you unable to function? After running a few tests, the doctor breaks the news to you: back surgery is needed in order to repair a ruptured disc. The problem with this diagnosis? It’s …
How to Conduct an Interview for a Paper
Bad celebrity interviews can be great fun to watch. Celebrities throw tantrums, walk out, or simply blank and have nothing interesting to say. Celebrity interviews can also go bad through no fault of the celebrities themselves. Sometimes it’s the interviewers who ask inappropriate questions or ask questions that can be only termed “stupid.” Take, for …
How to Write a DBQ Essay the Easy Way
What if I told you that you had to write a research paper but that you didn’t actually have to do any of the research? Pretty sweet deal, right? A document-based question (DBQ) essay is sort of like that. You have to write an essay using a variety of sources, but someone else provides the …
20 Discursive Essay Topics That Make the Grade
When you’re assigned to write an essay, you usually have two options when it comes to topics. Your prof either says, “Write about one of these assigned topics,” or, “Pick something, and write about it.” There are advantages and disadvantages to both. On the plus side, if you’re assigned a topic, you don’t have to …
What Is a Discursive Essay, and How Do You Write a Good One?
You’ve completed at least a few writing courses in your day and have written your share of essays. But just when you think you’ve written every possible type of paper, BAM! You’re hit with a new type of essay: the discursive essay. With the word “curse” seemingly smack dab in the middle of the name, …
10 Essay Writing Rules to Throw Out the Window
The last time I baked cupcakes, I followed the directions on the box to the letter. I’m far from a celebrity chef, so following the recipe would be the only way for me to bake anything edible. My grandmother, on the other hand, never made anything from a box. I don’t even remember her following …
What Is a Rebuttal, and How Do You Write an Effective One?
You’ve written at least a gazillion argumentative essays in your academic career, right? And I’m sure that in just about all of them you’ve had to include the counterargument. But have you also included a rebuttal? Right now, some of you might be thinking, “Wait….What? You mean I have to include even more stuff in …
The Crucible Characters: What You Need to Know for Your Literary Analysis
CLSC LIT TV (8:00 – 10:00 p.m.) – Survivor: Salem Edition (Reality. First aired 1953) Abigail and friends are found dancing naked in the forest and are accused of witchcraft. They claim to be bewitched in an attempt to avoid a possible death sentence if convicted. In a vengeful move, Abigail accuses Elizabeth of practicing …
How to Compare and Contrast 4 Popular Dystopian Short Stories
If you’ve watched the movies Divergent, The Hunger Games, or Maze Runner and thought, “Whoa, these are amazingly original stories! Why hasn’t someone thought of this before?” you might be surprised to learn that this type of story is nothing new. Stories with dystopian themes have been around for a long time. What you probably …
5 Hacks to Make Writing an Essay Way More Fun
When you hear the word “ESSAY,” what comes to mind? If you’re like a lot of students, you might think pain. Boredom. Tedium. Sheer misery. Rarely does the word “fun” come to mind. I get it. There are all sorts of reasons that you might hate writing an essay. Perhaps you struggle to start your …
12 Helpful Sources to Support Your Immigration Essay
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” You might recognize this quote as part of the poem on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. It has almost become synonymous with immigrants coming to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream. But if this quote and the …
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 …
2 Personal Statement Examples That Make a Strong Statement
Those of you who consider yourselves fashion mavens might hear the phrase “personal statement” and think about how you might make a statement with your outfit at your grand entrance at next weekend’s party. Though writing a personal statement generally has nothing to do with how you dress (unless, perhaps, you work in the fashion …