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The Stress-Free Guide to MLA Essay Format (8th Edition)
“Ding dong, the witch is dead … the wicked witch is dead!” The new 8th edition MLA Handbook (MLA 8) makes creating references on a Works Cited page so much easier than the 7th edition guidelines. You’ll be singing, too—once I walk you through it, that...
How to Write a Leadership Essay That Takes the Lead
Every year millions of high school students apply for college. And every year, at least one of those colleges requires a leadership essay. While you may have never served as a manager, fought against injustice, or led a rebellion, you have at least some inklings...
4 Proven Ways to Keep Writer’s Block From Ruining Your Essay
T-21 hours, 33 minutes, 4 seconds, and counting. You’ve officially shifted into panic mode because your paper is due tomorrow, and so far all you’ve written is your name. We’ve all been there, crippled by writer’s block and unable to compose a single coherent...
How to Write a Pollution Essay That Doesn’t Stink
“Wow! That stinks!” If you’re walking by a smelly factory, this might be an appropriate response. If you’re walking by a farm on a sweltering summer afternoon, this might be exactly what you’d expect to hear. This is not, however, what you want to hear...
How to Write a Summary That Sums It All Up
While you may not have written many summaries, I bet you’ve actually composed a lot of summaries in your day. Think about it: every time you tell a friend what happened in a movie or what you did on vacation, you’re summarizing. You’re even summarizing when...
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...
How to Write a Response Paper That Will Get a Great Response
Let’s say you and your pals have just watched the latest superhero movie, and one of your friends asks, “So what did ya think?” Your response might be something like, “It was awesome! I loved the fight scenes and the CGI!” Or you might respond, “Man,...
2 Explanatory Essay Examples That Make the Grade
The explanatory essay (sometimes called an expository essay) is one of those standard essays that you’ve probably written at least a few times in your academic career. The explanatory essay often takes the form of a cause and effect essay, a definition essay,...
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 Write a Reaction Paper With Precision
Are you the type of person to passively read your assigned text only because you have to? Or do you dive right into it and react with the same intensity any self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd would react to this climactic scene? No matter which category you fall into,...
Why Eliminating Wordiness Is So Important for Your Essay
Have you ever had to meet a specific word count for an essay and found yourself coming up short? Did you “revise” by simply adding words here and there trying to stretch it out? Or have you ever written a paper and it seemed like it was full of fluff, rather...
Here’s How to Write a Surprisingly Good Comparative Essay
SURPRISE! You have to write another essay. You were hoping for a surprise party, weren’t you? Sorry, I can’t help you there. But if you think writing a comparative essay is one heck of a good time, then this party is for you! Okay, the fact that you have to...
3 Ways to Work Smarter on Your Minimum Wage Essay
Do you remember the fable The Ant and the Grasshopper? The ants work all summer long preparing for winter and storing food. The grasshopper laughs at the ants, and he plays all summer because he has plenty of food (for now). When winter comes, the grasshopper is...
How to Revise an Essay and Make It Better Than Ever
Think revising and editing aren’t necessary? Check out this ad: It looks like educational software ad writers don’t know the difference between “their” (possessive) and “they’re” (they are). Would you feel confident purchasing educational software...
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...
2 Comparison Essay Examples That Make Cool Comparisons
Compare the feeling you get when you earn an A on a paper to how you feel when you get a D on a paper. There’s really no comparison, is there? My goal in writing this post is for you learn more about compare and contrast essays, so you can skip that wretched...
How to Summarize an Article the Smart Way
All throughout your English, literature, and history classes, you’ve been learning the importance of analyzing over summarizing. But there’s a time and a place for everything—and for summarizing, that’s right here, right now. Learning how to summarize an...
How to Write an Exploratory Essay Worth Exploring
Travel. Adventure. Exploration. There’s so much to learn out there for those who go looking for it. André Gide once wrote: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Of course, nowadays it’s a little less romantic....
Don’t Make These 6 Tragic Mistakes in Your Macbeth Essay
You’ve been reading Macbeth very closely and have gotten pulled into the drama of it all. And let’s face it—the fact that it’s Shakespeare’s shortest tragic play certainly doesn’t hurt. But just because it’s shorter than the rest doesn’t mean it’s...
How to Write a Death Penalty Essay the Smart Way
For those of you who aren’t exactly fans of essay writing, standing in front of a firing squad might seem like a better option than having to write another essay about the death penalty. I hear ya. This is a long-debated topic and one that can be challenging...
3 Ways to Start an Essay on the Right Foot
Ever been nervous on a first date or freak out the moment you’re supposed to start a new job? Most people have. Why? Because you want to start on the right foot. You don’t want to call your date “Kay” when her name is actually “Kali.” And you don’t...