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Tackling the AP English Language and Composition Essays: Part 2

Posted by Tess M. on 4/9/21 12:00 PM

Welcome back! In Part 1 of this series, we covered some basic information about the AP Lang essays, as well as the first two major components of the process, “Organizing Your Time” and “Reading and Annotating.” In Part 2, we’ll look at the final four components.

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Tags: English, AP exams

Tackling the AP English Language and Composition Essays: Part 1

Posted by Tess M. on 4/7/21 12:30 PM

More than any other test, the AP English Language and Composition Exam is dominated by essays. Three timed essays—the Synthesis Essay, Rhetoric Essay, and Argument Essay—will take up most of your time on the exam, and count for more than fifty percent of your score. In this three-part guide, I’ll walk you through the process of writing timed essays in the style of the AP Lang Exam. In Parts One and Two, I’ll give you some general tips on writing these essays, focusing primarily on the Rhetoric Essay (which is the most unique). In Part Three, I’ll apply what I’ve said to the other two essays, the Synthesis and Argument Essay (which are more similar to one another). These tips should also help you with timed writing exams in general. 

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Tags: English, AP exams

Top grammar errors to avoid

Posted by Tess M. on 3/10/21 12:00 PM

Throughout the years I’ve spent reading and writing, I’ve seen my fair share of grammar errors. But few are peskier, or more pervasive, than the two I’ll discuss in this post. So common are these two grammar errors that I regularly encounter them in professional writing—sometimes even in articles by full blown professors! These two errors often mark a crucial difference: between merely intelligible and actually correct English prose. Eliminate them from your writing, and you’ll improve it by more than you realize. 

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Tags: English, expository writing

How To Write More Clearly in Six Steps

Posted by Tess M. on 8/26/20 8:18 AM

Whether you’re writing a medical school admissions essay, a high school book report, a college research paper, or a personal statement for graduate school, clarity is key. But writing clearly is trickier than it looks. In my ten years of experience as a writing teacher and tutor, I’ve found that there are a few steps that students can take to more effectively communicate what they want to say. Want to write more clearly? Here are six ways to do it:

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Tags: homework help, creative writing, English, expository writing