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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Revising - Demystified

Posted by Sarah W. on 8/17/20 8:58 AM

“There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting”

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Editing for parallelism: one writing lesson from the shortest literary form

Posted by Lucina S. on 7/30/20 6:35 PM

When I teach my students to become their own editors, I often tell them to be on the lookout for opportunities to use parallelism. Parallelism is the repetition of the same grammatical structure in successive parts of a sentence. (Grammatical structure is just a fancy way of saying some combination of nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech.)

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Tone and mood

Posted by Vidya R. on 4/8/20 11:00 AM

When attempting an analysis of a text for the IBDP English course, some of the advanced features that students have to understand concern tone and mood. It is customary to associate tone with dialogue and speech, and mood with the setting of novels. However, tone and mood are not just features of fiction and can also be found in non-fictional texts such as media texts, popular scientific articles and so on. They are inherent attributes of language.

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How to Craft a Successful Curriculum Vitae

Posted by Olivia F. on 3/2/20 10:11 AM

Like a firm handshake or a greeting, a CV can oftentimes serve as a first impression – a way for prospective employer to get a sense of you at a glance. CVs oftentimes are gatekeepers for an interview, and as such, are extremely important. It is worth it to take some time to think critically about your CV’s structure and content. Read the following simple and actionable steps to craft one of your own!

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Two common grammatical mistakes to avoid in polished writing

Posted by Becca R. on 2/3/20 11:00 AM

There are no hard and fast rules in writing. But even if an experimental poet or an avant-garde novelist has dispensed with capitalization or written an entire novel without the letter E (yes, a novel like this really exists!), this does not mean that you should follow suit. Your personal statement is not the place to defy the conventions of grammar. Instead, it is the place to display your knowledge of even the most obscure rules—the rules that others often break. If you can keep from making these two common errors, your writing will stand out.

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Writing: Knowing Your Audience

Posted by Jon Kenneth W. on 1/31/20 11:00 AM

“Where do I even begin?” is probably the most common question students ask me about writing—and understandably so! Many writing projects can seem almost impossible to visualize, much less to get started on. So what to do when facing that blank screen?

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Crafting a Strong Thesis Statement

Posted by Kannan on 1/27/20 11:00 AM

There are few concepts in essay-writing more important—and confusing, to the uninitiated—than the thesis statement. Let's start out with what it's not:

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Confronting commas on the SAT writing and language section.

Posted by Elizabeth L. on 1/15/20 11:00 AM

You see commas everywhere when you're reading, and you may put them everywhere when you're writing, but do you really know when to properly use this tricky punctuation mark? The SAT requires you to know exactly when a comma is either necessary or obstructive, so it is important to take the time to learn comma rules as you prepare for the writing and language section of the test. To help you get started, here are a few scenarios that require the use of a comma:

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Grammar: One to 1

Posted by Alison on 1/1/20 11:00 AM

When learning a new language, students almost always begin with the alphabet and numbers. We use letters, of course, to form words, which form sentences that express ideas of varying complexity in a form that people who read this written language can understand. Numbers designate a different kind of language, one that conveys equations and measurements, mathematical calculations and scientific formulas. But sometimes the two forms come together, when, for example, we are outlining how to follow numerical steps or stating someone’s age or simply noting that there is more than one right way to write numbers. How and when are we supposed to put numbers into words?

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