Using theory to think about history

Posted by Laura R. on 10/23/20 9:33 AM

When writing a history essay, applying a theoretical lens can help you make a sophisticated argument and earn high marks. You always want to be mindful of your essay structure and the substance of any original documents, but, particularly for advanced classes and seminars, bringing in different historical theories can elevate your paper to the next level.

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Tags: history, expository writing

How to tackle a writing prompt

Posted by Emily K. on 10/21/20 8:50 AM

Students are accustomed to learning and analyzing a variety of written genres—plays, poetry, novels—yet one extremely common genre is usually left for students to analyze blind. This genre is the writing prompt.

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Tags: English, expository writing, college, high school, college admssions

Choosing a paper topic: 3 foolproof techniques to go from indecision to a great essay

Posted by Julia P. on 10/14/20 8:57 AM

We’ve all been there - you get an essay assignment and you’re just…not inspired. Stuck finding something to write about? I’ve got your back! First things first, read the book. I’m serious. If you’re low on time, read a thorough summary, and then actually read the important passages. Writing an essay on a text you haven’t read will only hurt your grade and your pride (believe me, I’ve tried it). Once you’ve read the book, try these three easy options to get you started on your essay!

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Tags: expository writing

How to think like an AP Rater/Reader on the AP English Language “Synthesis” Free Response Question 1

Posted by Cassandra M. on 10/7/20 9:28 AM

As someone who tutors AP English Language and Composition (lovingly referred to as AP Lang) and as someone who struggled with timed writing herself, I know how daunting a task it can be to score a 5. Luckily for you, I’ve also served as an AP Rater/Reader and can offer some additional insight into what we are told to look for while scoring a student Free Response Question 1 Synthesis essay on the AP Lang exam.

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Tags: study skills, test anxiety, English, expository writing, AP exams

How to revise anything

Posted by Max N. on 10/5/20 4:27 PM

The most important part of writing is rewriting. Whether you’re working on a term paper, a personal statement, or a lab report, getting words on the page is just the first step. Even if you’re writing from an outline, the process of writing inevitably leads you to unexpected and interesting places. That’s part of the joy of writing, but it’s also why revision—literally, looking again—is all the more important. If the first part of writing is a mix of planning and inspiration, revision is where writing becomes craft. Through editing, a bunch of good ideas turns into a structured argument; a passionate statement of purpose, or a first-person essay, becomes a work of art.

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Tags: expository writing, college, high school

5 Tips to make you a more successful writer!

Posted by Rosa S. on 9/29/20 8:42 AM

Like many other tutors, what has been most useful for me is building myself up to writing. I use a lot of “tricks” to get around my anxiety about writing, and it often takes me several tries to get started. And with the pandemic, there are even more reasons to be distracted. Here are some tricks that have worked for me!

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Tags: expository writing, college, high school

The Middle School Writers’ Workshop: 3 Steps to a Great Literary Essay Outline

Posted by Tess H. on 9/4/20 12:46 PM

Writing literary essays can be scary. Learning how to analyze texts through writing is one of the most challenging but fundamental skills that you’ll need in your academic career. Particularly for younger students, this task can be daunting. However, if you follow a few simple steps, it doesn’t have to be!

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Tags: English, expository writing, middle school

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

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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Tags: creative writing, expository writing

Five quick-and-easy English words to elevate your writing

Posted by Anthony N on 8/13/20 9:57 AM

Anyone studying English will at one point or another recognize that the language is quite a hodgepodge. Centuries of outside contact – from Viking and Norman invasions to importations of Latin during the Renaissance – led to what would become the rich vocabulary of Modern English. But what should a savvy writer do with so much variation when crafting an essay, and why should readers care?

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Tags: English, expository writing