Monday, 31 August 2015

Next Time You're Writing an Essay, Have Examples of Essays in Front of You

You may have heard the expression 'learn by example' and indeed, you probably have some idea that this may be the best way for humans to learn. But did you know that research supports learning by example as being the most effective method of learning?

What's more, putting the solution in front of the student is actually more effective than asking them to work it out for themselves. Research has shown that for novice learners, studying worked examples is more effective for learning than other types of learning methods. Learning this way is more efficient in that better learning outcomes are achieved with less investment of time and effort during acquisition. This is sometimes called 'the worked example effect' and can be explained by looking at the different cognitive processes involved when the student is asked to study examples, vs. conventional problem solving exercises.

When a novice student is required to solve conventional problems, they tend to resort to weak problem solving strategies such as means-ends analysis, in which learners continuously search for operators to reduce the difference between the current problem state and the goal state. Whilst the learner may indeed solve the problem eventually, this is not effective for learning. By contrast, worked examples prevent the use of such weak problem-solving strategies, allowing the learner instead to devote all the available cognitive capacity to studying the worked-out solution procedure (i.e., the relationship between problem states and operators) and constructing a cognitive schema for solving such problems. The learner further extracts general rules from the examples, enabling them to solve similar problems in the future (see Tamara van Gog & Nikol Rummel's 'Example-Based Learning: Integrating Cognitive and Social-Cognitive Research Perspectives', 2010). So next time you're struggling to complete an essay or problem, make sure you have examples of essays or worked problems in front of you to guide you. This is the most effective way to learn.

Aside from following examples that other students have produced, an essential way to get better at the essay writing process is to read up on what makes a good essay and ensure you don't lose marks for sloppy errors such as poor referencing, grammar, spelling or punctuation. There's no need to buy a book - there are a host of resources on the Internet to help you, and they're all free. So make sure you invest a little time in learning what makes a first class essay - from looking at others' work and by reading what's important for that coveted first class grade.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

How to Structure and Write an Essay - The Conclusion

This is the third and final article I am writing to give simple, easy to follow essay writing tips to international students. I actually run my own website so I'm well qualified to give you some of the main tips I'd say would improve most of the essays we have submitted. My website offers a proofreading and editing service for just £8 for the first 1000 words so if you're still not 100% confident take a look and I'd love to help you towards far more professional results in the future.

Today I'm going to discuss how to write a good conclusion. We now have the introduction which identifies the question and how we'll proceed to answer it; we then have our well explained and backed up points set out in paragraphs answering the question and all we need to do now is pull them all together to actually answer the question - this is what the conclusion is there to do. So how do we go about this?

First of all I would personally recommend a general review of the points argued - perhaps a statement suggesting what your points seem to have led up to. To support this you will then need to identify those points which you have found are most important to answering the question. You are basically making your overall point and then providing evidence for this from the main body of the text. Once you have done this you are ready to give your subjective opinion in answering the question - be confident in doing this, if your essay is well written the arguments are already there to support the conclusion.

Some tips I'd recommend you consider:

- Don't summarise your points exactly as you wrote them - your conclusion will summarise the overall answer your essay has pointed towards and therefore only needs to be a few lines long.

- It must be logical and clear - don't jumble things up just say where your essay has led and state beyond doubt what you, personally, have come to think having conducted the necessary analysis.

- Be confident in yourself - if your essay is good you have presented a well informed argument and within your rights to answer the question yourself.

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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Writing an Effective Opinion Essay

Writing an opinion essay can be great fun. These essays play a vital role in expressing your views regarding a specific subject. Many essay writers are of the view that instead of sticking to the essay writing rules quite objectively parroting what you absorb from the reference materials can be a great way of expressing yourself.

All that you need to do is justify it with a proper reasoning. It's observed that many inexperienced writers, who have started expressing their ideas, go overboard. Rather than providing a solid reasoning to a specific sentence they exaggerate their argument to the core.This tends to turn off the reader.

If you want to expertise in expressing your personal opinions without going off the track, ensure you consider the below mentioned guidelines;

o In order to support your stances provide factual details. Your feelings regarding some instances might be quite genuine. However they will be quite useless, if you don't support them with facts. These essays cannot be considered as a rant.Supplementing your opinions with the real world information is a thumbrule.

o It's always advisable to vary the source of your information. Supporting your case with data obtained from different sources makes your write up quite strong. It strengthens your stand to acquire multiple opinions, thus defining the wide range of your hold on the reference.

o Never deviate from the subject at your hand. It is a fact that while arguing on certain things you often go off track.This will act as a catalyst in diluting the entire argument and will leave your readers perplexed.

To conclude while writing an opinion essay ensure that you make use of proper sentence construction and good grammar.
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Friday, 28 August 2015

College Essays

College essays are of great importance when seeking admission to a college. In this regard, choice of a topic is very significant. College essays reveal the individual characteristics of the student and help the College Board in forming a correct picture regarding the student's preferences, value systems, sense of humor, discipline and other core aspects. The primary questions any college essay usually addresses are the student's reasons for choosing a particular institution. The authorities will also try to evaluate the creative and critical skills of the prospective student.

Therefore the student should choose a topic with great care. Once the topic is finalized, it is advisable to prepare a rough draft. It is important that the points for the essay are thought out and put into a preliminary order, so that the rough draft can be prepared well in advance. The rough draft will help to bring focus to the rambling ideas and enable a creative reorganization of the same.

Just as in normal essay writing, the college essay has to be divided into paragraphs. Each paragraph can elaborate a point discussed. Economy of words is a desirable quality. The college essay is ideally one written in a focused style, since a rambling style can distract the reader. An uncalled for ornate style is best avoided -- simple language very often serves the purpose. College essays should be proofread thoroughly so that typos, grammatical and spelling errors do not occur. Any references made have to be properly cited, so that nothing is left vague. Slang usage has to be necessarily avoided; repetition of the same idea is another pitfall that the student has to stay away from. The essay should encode the enthusiasm and eagerness of the student and must never be written in an indifferent style.

A well-written college essay will highlight the sincerity, commitment and creativity of the applicant. The college essay is in every way the best and practical tool to ensure enrollment in an institution of one's choice.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

What Is A Good Essay Technique And How Can I Improve?

Well, the academic year has already started in earnest and, talking to a number of young and mature students this week who have already been sent their first assessment, having not studied for a while (some for as long as two decades!) many of these students were already nervously asking me about how they could best prepare for completing their work. Most of these students were concerned about whether they would be able to make up the deficit they perceived in their understanding so they would then felt much less daunted.

As a result, this immediately set me off thinking a great deal about what makes really good essay technique on the basis of my experience both as a student and as a teacher now for knowing how to write an essay that is suitably academic as part of a coursework assessment.

The first thing I would say is that developing effective essay technique starts the moment you begin your studies at college or university: you MUST go to all of your lectures and workshop (lessons) because a lot of what you need to know for your assessment will actually be taught to you. Moreover, it is also imperative for you to do the reading and the work that your lecturers (teachers) require you to do as part of your homework outside of class in your own time because this will supplement what you are learning in class and will help to get you in the 'academic mindset'.

It is also important to do effective internet research using both search engines like Google and more subject-specific subscription based websites like Westlaw and structured library research wherever necessary to further your studies.

However, that does not really tell us much about the essay writing process itself...

The first thing to do is to look to plan your work according to the question you have set and the word count that you have been given and to work on the following basis - you should look at your question and pick out what you believe are the key aspects related to the subject; then you should work on the basis that the shorter the word count the more specific you will have to be and, conversely, the longer the word count the more you will be able to discuss broader issues and show a depth of research looking into others views and theories on the subject that you are discussing with greater analysis.

With this in mind, generally, it is usually a good idea to write paragraphs that are no less than seven lines or three complete sentences and no more than 250 words in length to avoid complaints for having a poor structure to your work.

Moreover, in the introduction, I would recommend you provide a brief outline of the plan that you have developed for your work so your assessor knows in what direction your work will go and can look out for the key points that you have recognised and the resources that you have used (makers sure that you know your referencing - where necessary look up the use of footnotes and Harvard referencing and how to reference). Then, following on from this, you should go through each of the ideas that you have put forward in the introduction as part of your plan in order as they will appear discussing them in greater detail as separate issues recognising the important points and then also 'interlinking' them so that there is a good flow both in your individual paragraphs AND from one to another. This is important because, ostensibly, your paragraphs should be able to stand up to scrutiny on their own and collectively.

It is also important to think about the language, grammar and sentence construction you use. This is because you not only need to be analytical and critical in what you are writing, but also specific and concise - there is not a need for flowery language because you are not writing a story; there is no need for long narrative or description, instead you should be critical and analytical on the basis of your research so there is a need to refer to other people's work in journal articles and textbooks. Your development in this respect will be heavily influenced by what you read and the way in which you are taught your subject so make sure that you pay attention and take a lot of notes.

Finally, it is also necessary to consider the way in which you will conclude your work.

This is because there is usually a need to summarise and discuss the key points from the rest of your essay's discussion in looking to answer the question that you have been set by your assessors in the subject that you are undertaking studies in. REMEMBER, however, that your assessor will have a lot of papers to mark that are all pretty similar and, whilst they will read your work, they will not spend that much time on it or take it in in the same way that you would if, say, you were reading a book. Moreover, you also need to appreciate that you may NOT always be required to write the usual form of essay conclusion: you may just have to make recommendations on the basis of what you have written in the rest of your work on how matters can be improved.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

How to Write a College-Level Essay

Writing an essay is pretty much like pouring your own experience and accumulated knowledge from a certain field into words. That's why it's called academic writing. For some people it comes as naturally as drinking water, but for others it can prove to be challenging.

There are several major issues students come across in essay writing, and they can be divided into two groups.

Group one is pretty much your standard how to find and extract information. This bit is very easy to overcome, it just takes a bit of practice and effort. Let's say, for example, you have to write a paper on Shakespeare, his life, work and place him within a historical context.

Where do you start? First, you have to formulate a question, or questions, that will help you decide what your essay is about. In this case, questions like:

-When was Shakespeare born, where did he live and when did he die?
-What was the political structure of his country in the time he worked?
-What did Shakespeare do that made him so famous?
-Why is his work so appreciated?

After you asked the questions, it's time to look for books, journals and other sources that will help you learn how to answer them. Google books, Google Scholar and your College library are as good a place to start as any, so head there. Important part about literature research is to ask the database correct questions. We need data on Shakespeare, so phrases like English Medieval literature; Shakespeare - life and work and similar are a great place to start.

Once you found 3-4 core readings, additional sources will pop up by themselves as you read. Check the sources sections of the works you found, they will usually hold a great deal of potentially useful titles.

Now that we taken care of the sources, and we know what should we write about, the only thing remaining to do is to actually write the damn thing. Easy? No, but it can be, with a bit of effort.

Group two is much trickier to master, as it requires grammar, vocabulary and synthesis capability. Hey, nobody said that custom essay writing is easy.
Essentially, what you have to do is constrict the material from the sources into an essay (usually 5-10 pages long) about a single topic. Keep in mind that the information within must be focused on the topic, so any type of buzzing around the bush is not a good idea.

Best bet would be to divide your essay, physically into smaller segments, for example

-Introduction
-Body 1
-Body 2
-Body 3
-Body 4
-Body 5
-Conclusion

These segments should correspond with the essay questions we talked about earlier. Try to answer each question in as much detail as you possibly can, while adding a pinch of personal view. Not much, but just enough to give it that personal touch.

Do not quote to much material, do not copy - paste whole paragraphs from your sources, as those are straight paths to a big shiny F.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Writing Essays Is Essential To Your Academic Wellbeing

Essays are the bed-rock of most university classes and courses these days, and even traditional science-based courses require its students to have some form of verbal dexterity.

As well, you're probably going to encounter any number of courses that unrelated to your major over the course of your study; so even if you're a Chemistry major, chances are there is a History of Mathematics philosophy course, or a Introduction to World Religions course, figuring brightly sometime in your future.
And all these courses cumulatively add up in your GPA, and it's absolutely not worth it to flunk or gain a barely passing grade in that course only to have it adversely affect the rest of your GPA.

Your professors will appreciate the fact that you're able to articulate your thoughts in a manner that's befitting a scholar, and trust us on this... you'll want to keep your professors happy.

In the long run, as well, learning how to write a good academic essay is like riding a bike with the training wheels on. Once those training wheels come off, you'll be able to ride a bike through any terrain without much hassle, as you've already learned and mastered the basics.
Consider the skills of writing an academic essay your basic bike riding skills - the training wheels come off, you go off into the big bad Adult World of Work and Responsibilities, and you find that you're able to write well, no matter what the circumstance - and get promoted ahead of the other buffoons who send wrongly-worded emails to their clients and cost their employers tons of money.

Well... it may not be that gratifyingly dramatic, but it could be!

For those of you who are just beginning your academic careers, here are some tips that might help you to survive. These are handy not just for general survival, but also apply specifically for academic essay-writing:

- First of all, keep up with your reading and go to class. You can't hope to be part of a conversation if you are absent from it.

- Pay attention not only to what others are saying, but also to how they are saying it. Notice that sound arguments are never made without evidence.

- Don't confuse evidence, assumption, and opinion. Evidence is something that you can prove. Assumption is something that one can safely infer from the evidence at hand. Opinion is your own particular interpretation of the evidence.

- Pay attention to the requirements of an assignment. When asked for evidence, don't offer opinion. When asked for your opinion, don't simply present the facts. Too often students write summary when they are asked to write analysis. The assignment will cue you as to how to respond.

- Familiarize yourself with new language. Every discipline has its own jargon. While you will want to avoid unnecessary use of jargon in your own writing, you will want to be sure before you write that you have a clear understanding of important concepts and terms.

- Don't make the mistake of thinking that because something is in print it has cornered the market on truth. Your own interpretation of a text might be just as valid (or even more valid) than something you've found in the library or on the internet. Be critical of what you read, and have confidence that you might say as much.

- Pay attention to standards and rules. Your professors will expect you to write carefully and clearly. They will expect your work to be free of errors in grammar and style. They will expect you to follow the rules for citing sources and to turn in work that is indeed your own. If you have a question about a professor's standards, ask. You will find that your professors are eager to help you.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Write a Good Essay - Tips for Students

Writing a good essay is one of the most daunting tasks many students face when they begin college or university. Often students will procrastinate, avoiding the challenging task of beginning a paper until it is almost due, resulting in a poor quality essay and a weak grade. This article provides a few valuable tips to help students plan their time effectively to help ensure top marks.

In my first year of university I struggled with essay writing as much as my peers, and possibly more. I procrastinated and avoided writing my term papers as long as possible, causing myself untold stress and worry. However, by the time I finished graduate school I had mastered the process of planning, researching and writing essays. Instead of stress, fear and worry I was able to write with confidence and achieve top grades.

A large part of success in essay writing is found in planning your time effectively. If you create a schedule for your work that avoids conflicts and ensures you have ample time to complete each task, the quality of your writing will improve dramatically. Use this simple process to plan your semester and you will be more able to relax and enjoy your time in the knowledge that you have your assignments well in hand.

1. Gather your class schedules and/or syllabi.

2. Sit down with a calendar and mark off the dates of projects, essays and exams.

3. Identify conflicts, such as multiple exams or essays happening in the same week. This is common at the end of a term.

4. Identify other dates and elements of your life that might conflict with your assignments. Examples could include work, athletics, family holidays or other events you cannot or do not wish to miss.

5. Estimate how much time each assignment will take you. Warning - always overestimate the time it will take to complete a project. Far better to finish early than to be overworked.

6. Identify blocks of time in your weekly schedule where you can get pieces of work finished. In the best case you will have several 2-3 hour gaps between classes.

7. Assign the time necessary to complete each project, including assignments, research, writing and preparation for exams. Use every week available.

8. Avoid planning any work on weekends. At a minimum, try not to plan anything for Friday or Saturday nights. You will likely not do it anyways, so don't make yourself feel guilty while you are doing something else. Get your work done during the week and enjoy your time off without stress.

9. Be sure to reassess your schedule and make changes if your time estimates are inaccurate.

10. Always think about ways to use your time more efficiently. There are hundreds of ways to study more effectively, or make the most of your time while researching an essay.

If you are proactive you can avoid becoming one of those famously overworked, stressed out and miserable students who are buried under a mountain of work. Instead you can enjoy your education while earning top grades.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Easy Scholarships For College - Get a College Scholarship By Writing a Good Essay

Scholarship essay writing is a key requirement in many scholarship applications. It goes without saying that if you want to clinch one, you better be good at essay writing. Better yet, be very good at essay writing. To be excellent at something requires extensive preparation. And do not commit the common mistake that simply because you speak English well means that you could write it well too! By writing a good essay you can get easy scholarships for college.

Writing has specific formats and rules, depending on the type of writing task that should be done. So get down to business and review your knowledge on how excellent essays are written. Make sure that you got the rules, the technical skills, of essay writing at the end of your fingertips.

The next thing that you will have to worry about is content. Get advice about the common themes or topics that are usually required to write a scholarship essay. Then read up about them. Collect as much information and conflicting perspectives in order to give you a good grasp of the topic. Double check your facts with some knowledgeable people.

It will be better if you could brainstorm about them. When you are confident about your level of knowledge to the point that you can inject your own opinion, then you must be all set to write that scholarship essay.

Review your essay writing skills by taking note of the following additional things:

#1- Write a draft of your topic and evaluate the flow of your presentation. The essay should revolve around a specific theme. This will help you in selecting which of your stock knowledge and experiences are relevant and pack a punch when included in your essay.

#2- Are you able to inject your own perspective from a personal experience or observation? Is it convincing? Is it creative?

#3- Have you used various writing methodologies in driving home a point? You should avoid being descriptive all the way. Use adages, quote a part of a short story, or any acceptable method which you think is most effective to highlight an argument or underscore a stand.

#4- Never never forget to review what you wrote to proof read it and correct any typographical and grammatical errors. Remember that when the brain is working so fast, the body is left behind in some instances that result to errors. So double check.

By following these tips you will put yourself on the path to getting easy scholarships for college and getting the degree you dream of.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

A Dart For Smart Or How to Pass Your Essay and Not Become a Nerd

What's up, kiddo? Your life's getting hard at you? You grind away at your classes, you study those textbooks, you stay up all night just to turn in that stupid essay to your Professorus Diabilis - and what do you get in the end? His smirking puss and spiteful sneers at your endeavors and hypocritical smiles of specky nerdish chicks sitting at the first desk? Come on, life's shiny and beautiful and it's still not the reason to broach your veins! Maybe there's just something wrong with your attitude and maybe your elaborative methodological approach just lacks...methodology? Here's what we may offer you!

We don't promise your life to change drastically after you read through this guide, but at least you'll stop thinking a loser of yourself. So stick your hatred to the world up-you-know-where, sit back and check this simple guide to Universal Wisdom. And Let the Power Be With You, O My Essay-Writing Apprentice!

Cosmic Symphony of Vehement Copulation With Knowledge. Overture.

Before doing something, it's important to prepare, right? Preparation covers multiple aspects and may be pretty time-consuming. What I'd advise you here has been genuinely re-verified and re-confirmed by daily practice:

1. First and foremost, pay utmost attention to your overall mental and physical condition. If you're feeling tired or sick, you won't achieve much. Go to gym, pull some weighs, do some cycling etc. - all in all, get your blood flow to the place you generally think with. Walk your dog, meet your date (if you have one, ya lame!), read a book, listen to soothing music... Well, you know what the word "relax" means, right? You hedonist! Don't overstrain yourself with relaxation though, and mind the time.

2. Eat well before starting. Never mind at those Roman nonsense satur venter non studet libenter! Nothing's better for extensive study than a full belly!

3. Forget about parties and booze. Well, at least for the time being.

4. Prepare the ambiance. Some like when it's quiet and calm around, others prefer studying with Death Metal pouring from their speakers at max volume. You know what's best for you, don't ya?

5. Increase you motivation and set your goals wisely. Decide on your productivity and deadlines. Keep saying: if I write this essay today, I'll go buy myself a muffin (no alcohol, remember?). As Mr. Tarantino, the splendid scriptwriter, said, the point is in making little presents to yourself every day.

6. Stop dragging your feet with preparations and proceed to the next point. However, you may not bother yourself any further and just order your paper at ProfEssays.com for the special, extra-low price and bla-bla-bla, but that's against the whole idea of writing independently, right?

Cosmic Symphony of Vehement Copulation With Knowledge. Allegro Ma Non Troppo.

So you feel relaxed and rejuvenated enough and you are eager to get down to business. Wait, there still may be a few details you've missed. They'll surely appear in the process of writing. And their name is Procrastination. It's the Ugly Beast of Many Faces, but with right concentration you will easily slain it:

1. Drink coffee (and preferably freshly brewed) while you write. Coffee's often used for prolongation (by consumption inside) and shortening (by spilling it on the keyboard) of the working hours. So screw those talks of it being detrimental! We're all gonna die sooner or later, so who cares? Like any drug, caffeine stimulates the blood flow, thinking and memory functions, with the only difference of it being much weaker and perfectly legalized. Certainly, you are not compelled to do it, but it's just better with it than without. Remember how brilliant Mr. Thompson said: "I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me!"

2. Remember not to forget in the process. Train your memory with basic mnemonic rules, like acronyms and rhymes.

3. Get rid of everything that may bother you. Just remove it. Physically.

4. Yes, it deals with social networking as well. Stop drooling on that bird's photos on Facebook! Forget your witty-twitter or that shit-for-brains trolling you in your LJ! Remember, no one gives a damn to your revelations in social net, so it's better you pour your critical thoughts into your essay.

5. Focus on one thing at a time. If you think over your essay introduction, don't ponder over conclusion and so on. The ends will meet by themselves eventually, you'll see.

6. Decide on what's really expected of you. Knowing it you're more likely to cope with your essay much faster.

7. Take breaks not to get bored. At least sometimes. You do not want to turn into a nerd, do you?

Cosmic Symphony of Vehement Copulation With Knowledge. Crescendo.

And here's the moment of truth. The first strokes on the keyboard and the work of genius is about to be born! But something is still wrong... Something hinders smooth writing and your wonderful ideas bounce like mercury balls from the broken thermometer. Wait, don't get mad, it's always like this with essay writing: it's more about re-processing others' ideas than generating your own. "So why bother?" - you might ask. "That's why!" - I'll respond. Perceiving, analyzing and paraphrasing is a much more burdensome process than the mere ideomotoric fixation in MS Word.

But... That's all too complex and we don't need those nerdish ways, remember? So here are few recommendations on how to achieve much with a bit of perfectly legal trickery. First, the major hitch in all of this is that profs NEVER scrutinize every word while grading loads of waste papers they get from hundreds of students every day! Hereby the rule number one:

1. Pay more attention to HOW you write (or copy, which is closer to the truth) rather than WHAT you write. Two of my groupmates once turned in almost identical papers titled "Capitalism Genesis in Mexico". Now guess what marks they got. Therefore rule number two:

2. Make changes and save formatting. While all papers must be written in one single format, you are still encouraged to change paragraphs, their bright stylistic features and especially word constructions that are cumbersome to understand. Not only will you avoid allegations in plagiarism this way, but you'll also be able to defend yourself from possible prof's questions on the matter. Especially if he/she is somewhat biased to you.

3. Be extremely careful with downloading your papers from the Web. At least read them and make some revisions before turning in. Also never use the papers "older" than two years: the prof is quite likely to have encountered them in the past. This doesn't deal with some classic topics in art or literature, though. Hardly one would say something new on Hamlet's question as it has carved itself deeply on campuses' benches long ago.

4. Pay closer attention to the word count. Essay assignments sometimes do not specify the word number. So don't you think the more is the better and swallow your verbosity! Essays are like a woman's skirt: not too short to cover up the shame and not too long to keep you interested.

5. Never neglect proofreading and spell checking. It's even better if you have the trustworthy person to do this.

6. Never hurry with turning in your paper. No need to remind that works handed in several days before the deadline, are scrutinized more than those turned in last hours.

7. Be cool and reasonable no matter what may happen.

Cosmic Symphony of Vehement Copulation With Knowledge. Le Grand Finale.

Well, you're a real hero if you successfully got this far! The accursed work is way behind and you boast to everyone with your "A". Don't think you need any further recommendations on how to enjoy yourself!

Just don't forget to drink my good health and bookmark this page if the tips above have been fun and helpful to you. Or you may just screw the writer with his stupid ideas and get some life instead! You're the boss, applesauce. Cheers!

The author of this article is Thomas Scottino, freelance journalist and a former TA.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Writing an Effective Art Essay

Often considered as the most difficult forms of essay writing, an art essay has to address the question of artistic temperament with great care. The most important thing to consider is the appropriate choice of subject. It becomes a daunting task if the writer is unfamiliar with the field chosen. Make the description vivid and ensure that the artist in question is properly researched. Let us now look at some of these points in greater detail.

Choosing the domain: The first step is to choose a domain of art that you are comfortable with. Always choose an appealing genre like visual art, music or literature. Based on your subject knowledge you can accurately represent not only your own ideas but also the artist's portrayal..
Effective research: Research the topic that you have chosen extensively and intensively before you go about writing the art essay. It helps for you to gather information from books, journals, libraries and online databases. Websites also provide valuable information that will help with the overall essay. Load your essay with information that you can easily find on sites and online libraries.
Express creative ideas: Be creative and express your ideas flexibly. Always remember that it is art you are talking about, write freely about how the piece under consideration makes you feel. Be bold in your approach and do not hesitate to include illustrations in the body of your text. Apart from the basic parts, namely the introduction, body and conclusion you can easily brighten the text up by quoting excerpts and including references of prominent critics.
Be assertive about your understanding: Easier said than done, it is not so simple to assert your notion into the frame. Compare your assertion to writing a thesis statement; it will give you the freedom to express your thoughts on the subject at hand. Do not hesitate to be critical of the artist if the need arises it will solidify your understanding of the subject.
Remember the basics of essay structure: Remember that you still have to stick to the basics of essay structure. Address the key issues at the beginning when you introduce the topic, make sure that the introduction does not contain argumentative sentences. Express your understanding in the body of the essay. You can also include examples and give counter arguments. Remember that it is in the body that you can freely discuss the topic. The conclusion has to discuss the answers to any questions that rise in the reader's mind. An art essay is incomplete without a proper conclusion.
Proofread and edit: Always make it a point to proofread and edit your piece. An art essay like any other form of essay can very well be rewritten if the need arises.
Be sure to refer to external sources so you can provide the best updated information. An art essay needs to be closely associated to the writer in order to make it highly effective.

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Diagnostic Essay - The Way to Present Your Educative Skills

Your teacher has given you a topic for writing an essay in the beginning of the academic year. It is called a diagnostic essay. It helps your teacher to judge your writing skills and check your knowledge of that subject.

Here are a few tips to help you write the diagnostic essay:

o Do not start writing as soon as you get the topic. Compose an outline of your essay in your mind. Usually the essays has five subsections divided into introduction one paragraph, main content three paragraphs and conclusion in one paragraph.

o Three main sections should include different but inter linking informative ideas about the given topic.

o Each paragraph should have such an ending that will introduce second paragraph's idea.

o Introductory paragraph should tell about the basic information about your thesis. Try to give rough sketch of your thesis subject.

o While writing the concluding section of your diagnostic essay, do not just summarize your essay. It should be convincing enough and justify your topic.

Your teacher may give you anything between thirty to fifty minutes to write your diagnostic essay. You may also get two to three topics to choose from. Select your topic sensibly. Whatever you write is going to be assessed and judged by your teacher or counselor for your writing skills and depth of knowledge.

Work on your weaknesses and improve your illustrative skills. You may have knowledge of your topic, but you should be able to express it in writing too. It is a good idea to go through websites which are related to essay writing.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Writing a High Scoring Essay - Essay Guide For Academic Success

I am often asked by students and colleagues on courses to give a few practical lessons in writing an essay and getting the top marks. As always a clear strategy is needed and this article goes through the key points. Follow them and you're sure to get straight A's!

First of all read the question and prepare to answer this question and not the one you have revised for

Strategy : essay writing and preparation

Reconnaissance and unpacking the question
Unpack the question, underline all key words and check their definitions. Even seemingly innocuous terms such as 'might' should be assessed - does that mean there is the alternative option of 'might not'? (Understand the purpose of word in the sentence *and why the questioner used the word in that way)
Continue to deconstruct the question - what is the counter argument?
When we see critically examine or similar constructs we are being asked to provide an alternative or being asked to probe for weaknesses and counter argument?
What assumptions are being made behind the question?
Writing the assignment
Read broadly at first, make notes of key things that will be important for the essay, but leave a column on the side so you can note counter arguments or alternative evidence that you find as your read.
If you are not sure about an article, read the abstract, introduction and conclusion - that is often enough.
If you see a quote that says it all make a very careful reference of the page number - it's a devil of a job later finding the right page.
Ensure your reading includes some very up to date articles (and always focus your reading on peer reviewed journal articles - use only sparingly the trade press like the HBR or Sloan Management Review they are not rigorous enough).
Prepare a mind-map of all you think is relevant, then jot down potential order to be discussed (and be firm, cut out things that might not be relevant).
Focus - on the specific question! The most common reason for failure is answering the wrong question answer this question - not everything you know about the subject.
Summarise readings, don't describe, use to answer question and be concise (use references to support).
Use evidence and examples, (not personal experience) but again, be concise - one or two sentences and a reference not paragraphs of description.
Check again that all your material is relevant, helps answer the question, sounds logical and minimises use of adverbs or covering words.
After each paragraph, ask yourself how this is relevant to the question, and say so explicitly.
At the end of a section state explicitly how what you have said answers the question. ( I have shown that ...)
Whenever you discuss ideas, concepts, or research - make sure you also analyse these, tell us what the assumptions are, problems with the method, counter-evidence you have found etc., be critical/analytical.
Avoid any sweeping generalisations!
Post Writing Review
Put aside for a week or two if possible and then come back to it - allows you to see it afresh.
Read the marking guidelines, look at the example essays, and look also at the marking sheet - they can be very explicit about the need to define terms, develop an argument, take a critical approach etc.
Get your partner to read it through - it is better to have someone unfamiliar with the subject to check for psychobabble
Review this pre-Flight checklist before you submit the essay:
Have I answered this question - in an ongoing manner?
If it is in two parts, have I answered both?
Have I defined all key terms?
Have I really unpacked the question, considered alternative arguments?
Have I covered all the main aspects?
Have I arranged the material logically?
Is there a clear introduction saying how I will answer the question, flow between paragraphs, clear conclusion?
Is each main point supported by examples, evidence, and argument?
Have I acknowledged all sources and references, including page numbers for direct quotes?
Have I written plainly and simply, and sorted out clumsy or muddled phrasing?
Have I presented a convincing case which I could justify in a discussion?
General Points
if a question comes in two parts I would construct the essay around the two parts (rather than trying to mix the answer) This leads the marker through the question in a logical flow - what we are going to say, say it, what have we said.
Set down a plan in the introduction (First I am going to this , then I am going to do that, and close by considering ...) then stick to the plan.
Stick to the mainstream theory - and use any course materials. Be wary of bringing in theory from outside the bounds of your course.
If we are only doing a 3000 word essay and the essay is literature based a rough guide would be: Intro 400, first part 1000, second part 1000 conclusion 600.
Don't be too rigid with this guideline but use it to make sure you answer all the elements of the question in enough depth.
Rough guide for an academic essay at Masters level I like to see about 10 references per 1000 words.
Stick to this outline strategy and you will always be up there in the Stars - good luck

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

How to Write Your College Assignment in 7 Days Or Less

If you are starting out at college, effective study skills are essential, but the leap from high school to university is a big one and many students find it hard to cope with having to study independently. If you don't know how to, essay writing and planning can be a nightmare.

Plan your time in advance and you'll have no problems getting your assignments written and submitted on time. Here are some essay writing tips which will enable you to complete a basic assignment in seven days or less.

If you check your submission dates and start your assignments early, you should be able to leave a few days between each of the seven assignment days. It's often a good idea to leave an essay for a few days and then read through it again, as you'll come to it with a fresh mind.

However, if you are really pushed for time, you can complete the assignment in seven consecutive days. If you have a more complex project to complete, you can use the plan, but include extra days for research, reading and writing.

Day One

Define your academic argument or the theme of your assignment and make a plan.
What are the main points you will include in your essay or report? What is the question you are answering and how will you find the answers? Will you read relevant textbooks or journals, search online, interview experts, a combination of these or something completely different?

Day Two

Write an outline with headings for each main section and fill in brief notes on each of the main areas you will cover.

Day Three

Do your background research by spending time in the library, searching for information online and writing notes . If necessary, arrange interviews with people who can provide you with additional information.

Day Four

If necessary, use today to finish your research, reading and note-taking. And then add new material to your outline.

Day Five

Write the first draft of your essay, expanding the points in your outline, relating them to your reading and other research. Type your work on a computer and make sure you save it.

Day Six

Proofread your word-processed essay, correct any errors and fine tune your argument. Write your bibliography and ensure that your referencing is correct.

Day Seven

If possible, get someone else to proofread your assignment. Re-read it yourself and make any additions or corrections necessary. Be sure to save the final copy, create your cover sheet and any appendices. Then print it out, read one last time and submit.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Essay Assignment

What is very particular about this type of assignment is that it is usually given to evaluate either the research or writing skill of the student of both. Therefore, it will be given to students in every curriculum.

Ahead of writing the assignment, you should know that you must have a topic. It is usually common for the student to decide on what to write. But in most cases involving assignments, the topic will be provided to the student. This should not be taken as something difficult to the student. When the topic for the essay is chosen for you, you can make the topic easy by making the topic your own. This simply means you should look at the topic from every angle. Pose so many questions from all angles relating to the topic. This is the only way through which you can understand what is required from the topic.

This type of writing is usually not very serious like writing the whole research paper. Therefore, you should know that the time limit for completing this paper will be very limited. You should thus begin writing as soon as the topic is given to you. You may be required to hand in your paper within a few days. Plan your research and writing properly and work with time. Use an outline to make everything sound easy for you.

Make sure you follow the basic format of essay writing. Your paper should have an introduction, a body and a conclusion. The introduction should highlight the readers of what is to come in the body of your essay. The readers should be able to know the course of your topic. The body of your paper should dwell more on what was highlighted in the introduction. This is where all your arguments and their supportive evidence will have to be placed. Make sure that you have used enough subordinations and connections to link your points. The conclusion should let the readers know of your own point of view about the topic. While composing the various parts of the essay, remember that a certain word limit will be given to you. Make sure you follow the word limit.

Essay assignment is usually given to test the skills of the writer as a student. Therefore, it is very necessary that you adhere to all instructions that is provided in the topic. Keep in mind that there may be situations in which all the fine prints in your essay will not count. Furthermore, a greater portion of the grading may be attributed to instructions. Given the fact that time for completion of your essay will normally be small, you should make sure that you provide time for revision and editing. These should be part and parcel of the research and writing process.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Steps For Writing a College Essay

The steps for writing an essay are not always the same for every writer. Still, a general system can be applied to most writing situations for extra help on those writing projects that you find especially difficult.

I always tell my college writing students that essay writing is a process. I know the term "process" can be complicated but it is very important to understand it and think about how it applies to your writing strategy.

What is a writing process? Generally speaking, your process is the series of steps you take from brainstorming to drafting to finishing your essay. Although many college writing textbooks and instructors will present the writing process as a linear model (a straight line), this is not always the best way to go about it. Again, everyone's approach is different and you are no exception.

Some writers work well under pressure. Some writers do good work outdoors. Other writers need loud music. Still other writers require library settings to complete their best compositions. Whatever your needs, the most important thing is to determine what works well for you.

In general, most writing processes look like this: pre-writing, writing, and revising. Pre-writing is the work you do to get started with an essay. This includes brainstorming, researching, and those types of activities.

Writing is the actual process of composing your first draft. I advise my students to complete this step in one sitting. Once you have completed the brainstorming or pre-writing steps, you should be able to sit down and complete the bones of your essay for a general outline.

Revising is the last step. It is also the most important step. Unfortunately, most students overlook just how important revision is to the overall writing process and never really invest enough time in this last stage.

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Art Of The Essay

Essay" is from the French word essayer, meaning "to try," and what you should know about essay writing is that it can be an even more trying endeavor, if you let it, than essay reading.

In high school my English teachers, with their uncanny talent for ossifying literature, sacrificed us to the angry gods of Francis Bacon and Charles Lamb and the like, so that to our young and callow and impatient minds the essay was a dull and lifeless thing. Whenever we were assigned to write an essay, we assumed that our creations had to be as stultifying as the ones we'd read. Our teachers, forever on the lookout for violations of spelling and phraseology, never indicated that we might write about something that engaged us, in an informal style that would be more like speaking than writing.

Who knew that writing could be invigorating and fun -- that in an essay one could set out to - one could try -- to engage the reader in a conversation, a dialogue?

And then there was the all-dreaded word minimum, hanging like a pall over all our essay assignments. We came to believe that, unless we had four or five hundred words to lavish on a subject, we would not do it justice.

But did not Mr. Shakespeare say, "Brevity is the soul of wit?" And did not Mr. Lincoln make do with a mere 272 words in composing the greatest oration - the greatest essay - in American history?

Imagine Honest Little Abe in the tenth grade, presenting his essay to the class.

"This will never do, Abraham," the teacher tells him. "You're short by a page and a half."

In the hands of a Mrs. Sutter, my tenth-grade English teacher - God rest her soul - the Gettysburg Address as we know it might have been lost to posterity - eviscerated by accretion.

Let us therefore highly resolve to write what is in our hearts, irrespective of length, in words which ring true to our selves, even though they turn out to be wrong ("The world will little note nor long remember what we say here..."). Therefore let us be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, and let us try - let us essay -- with our last full measure of devotion, to say what we mean, in words that are simple and pure, so that this undertaking shall have a new birth of freedom, and that essays of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

I'm a writer living near Nashville, and maybe the only one within a 50-mile radius who's never written a song. Writing fiction is my preference, but journalism provides my daily bread. I'm from the Clark Kent school of journalism -- I never carry a pad to take notes, but rely on my super-memory. Actually, in my stories I make up quotes, making people sound more interesting and well-spoken than they are, so they never object. You know how Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood") gave birth to the "non-fiction novel?" I'm working on popularizing the "fictional news" story.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Simple Ways for Writing Amazing Essays

there are many simple ways for writing essays. Having said so, most of the writing follows some definite pattern of rules. The first and the foremost thing that needs to be kept in mind is the complete understanding of the topic of the subject that is to be written.

Understanding of the subject on which things would be written will enable a writer to write true things about the subject. He will be able to focus solely on the issue of the subject, and hence will be able to write both the good and bad things on it.

Writing of things should be done in a descriptive form. It should be versed with the tone of the exact story line for clarity on the subject. Introduction should be well written. It should be followed by a rough highlight about the meaning or issue of the subject. This way the reader of the material should be well acquaint with the topic of the subject.

A serious tone on the subject should be introduced mid way, for a better grip on the issue of the topic. Slang words should not be used while writing things. Writers should also not decide on what to write without first analyzing on the subject that is to be written. All possible information should be gathered first for giving a proper look of the structure of the piece of writing.

Gathering first then writing things is the first basic tip for all, who want to write quality essays. Content of the body should go well along with the topic of the subject. There should not be any kind of if and if not's. Instead a person should focus on the merits and demerits of the issue or the subject.

While writing of things a person should be crystal clear of what he is going to write, fluctuation of ideas will only hamper the structure of his essay. Writing differently from the way a person talks also would break down the structure of the writings. So, a person should not unnecessarily try to write in a different style just because he finds it awesome. Instead an individual should write essay in the way he will normally do. This will give purity and the essence of truth on the subject that is written.

Appropriate mindset is the basic need for all kinds of essay writings. Writers that look out for the best out of them should try writing in their original style. They should summon their research, and perceptions for building a concrete structure of writing skill. Custom writing would demand a writer to be disciplined in his art of writing.

Good research will enable a proper look on the issue of the subject, for which the essay is so written. Strategies should be made for compiling the story of the essay. 'Discuss, explore, analyze', should well be noted for writing a perfect and an amazing essay.

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Thursday, 13 August 2015

APA Essay Format

The main motive behind the APA style essay is to provide a structure and also to give a logical formation of ideas throughout the essay. There are different ways to present the essay in the APA format. The main concern is the referencing aspect, because most writers forget to follow the basic principles of referencing. Each set of quotations, summary, paraphrase must be referenced, if applicable. The author names along with the year should be mentioned. The year is generally included in a parenthesis. Page numbers are similarly included in parenthesis. If the writer uses a quote more than 40 words, then it must be indented 5 spaces from the margin and written in double space. Do not use any sort of quotation mark, rather end the part with a stop. After the block of writing include the citation without any period.

The APA style of writing also proposes the format that needs to be used when there are multiple authors. If there are two authors the names must be separated by ampersand or the word "and". If there are multiple authors then the names need to be mentioned the very first time you are using it as the reference. For the subsequent referencing mention the name of the first author and then include "et al." In some situations the author will not be an individual person, but an institute or organization. In such cases the name of the institute should be mentioned in the first citation along with the abbreviation. The subsequent citations will include the abbreviation. While writing an essay you will find that in some cases there will be no authors. Then you need to mention the name of the book or journal along with the year. Multiple sources can also be included which should be separated with a semicolon. A referencing can also be made from different sources but by the same author. In such a situation the ideal way should be arranging the citations in an alphabetical order, with the name of the author mentioned in the very first time.

The APA essay format is not complicated as thought by many. It just needs to be followed carefully with proper mention of the citations and references. Headers and title page is also given importance in the APA format of writing essay. The pagination must be done correctly with the title page at the beginning, the abstract on the next page and the main essay should start from the third page onwards. Systematic way of writing is required in this format

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

How to Write Really Great College Application Essays for Homeschool Success

One of the keys to winning big scholarships is to write really great application essays. The problem with application essays is that they have to be technically perfect, self-reflective essays. I know that can be a problem! I've had teenagers, and I know that "technically perfect" is a very difficult thing to get your children to do in an essay. I also had boys, and I know that self-reflection for boys is extremely difficult. Technically perfect, self-reflective essays are a difficult thing that can take a lot of time. Therefore, make sure that you have lots of time to get these essays done.

One way to do this is to have your child begin practicing their application essays when they are a junior, even as the basis for their junior year English program. When they apply to college, they will have a variety of essays to draw from. If you have a senior, I encourage you to hit the ground running the first day of senior year. Make sure their first writing assignment is a college application essay. Even if they haven't decided what colleges they want to apply to, grab a college essay topic and have your child write on it.

Often colleges will ask for more than one essay, and each one should be a completely different picture of who your student is as a person. Make sure that they never repeat anything from one essay to the other. To understand this, imagine yourself standing in a field surrounded by three friends who are taking a picture of you. Each picture is a completely different photo, a completely different side of you with a completely different background. That's how you want each of your application essays to be. For example, one of my sons played chess all the time, but he was only allowed to use the word 'chess' in one of his essays. It was difficult for him, and we had to brainstorm ideas for other things that he could write about for the other essays.

Using your notes from your college visits can help shorten your essay-writing time. If you're applying to four different colleges and you're trying to convince each one that you love them, you can use much of the same information in each essay and just change some of the details. For example, for one school your student might say, "I really enjoyed Dr. Smith's class because he talked about French literature." Then you can rewrite that same essay for a different college and say "I really enjoyed meeting with Dr. Reed and seeing how he explained micro-economics in a way that I understood." This will make your essays personal without taking a lot of additional time.

Great essays, however, won't make up for a mediocre education. You need to also make sure your student is prepared for university level work. Failing to prepare for college is one of "The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School." Learn how to avoid all 5 mistakes in my free e-mail mini-course.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The Basis of the Opinion Essay

The main aim of creating this kind of essay is not to allow viewers to think that your opinion in resolving a specific problem counts. Your principal target will be let them know of your view or your position on either a basic or difficult matter and they really need to understand that your standing is really crucial to you. Opinion essay composing has grown to be one of the most common types of writing these days.

Whether it is world wide web blog writing or essay producing at university level, opinion essay writing is at all times asked for. Students at college stage are trained just how to compose an opinion essay so that in the long term they can shape the correct sentences and make use of the right terms. In addition, it helps the scholar to create the appropriate opinion about the subject matter on which this individual is publishing the essay.

You'll find quite a few aspects that ought to be taken into consideration while composing an opinion essay. Usually, essays are created upon the basis of the author's perspective for or in opposition to a specific theme. This point of view is clearly reinforced by some facts and assertions which tend to be from a reliable origin like a text, authorities, professionals or the net. The article writer writing his own viewpoint in the essay cannot merely generate his personal point of view because he considers it is right. He has to support his standpoint with accurate facts so as to help to make the readers feel that exactly what he has written in the composition is correct and feasible. Consequently before really starting the composing part of the composition, an individual needs to collect almost all the specifics and statements that the writer may require to back up his point of view regarding the particular topic on which he is going to generate the composition.

He additionally has to visualize a suitable title or topic for the composition which might be appropriate along with the perspective for the issue. Right after all these issues have been covered, the writer must start out his or her publishing work as soon as possible because these kinds of essays consistently take time to get completed as the author has to think a good deal while producing them.

This variety of authoring is completely different from any other type of essay writing as the author has to use his thinking energy for the thought component of the composition. For every assertion he writes in the composition, he or she has to support it using a suitable reasoning and appropriate facts. The reasoning totally will depend exactly how the article writer thinks and just how wide-ranging are his thoughts. Details can be effortlessly accumulated from guides and these days the web has played a really crucial part in the data collecting process while creating an essay.

Essay writing can never be powerful without a closing declaration. The conclusion is a device so that the composition can leave a robust and gripping impact to the readership. It does not merely sum up the critical details of the essay, but it concludes and closes and supplies a personal perspective on the issue.

Monday, 10 August 2015

How to Write Essays For IELTS? - An Overview For ESL Learners and Teachers - Part 1

Writing a good I.E.L.T.S. essay for either the general or academic I.E.L.T.S. test is perhaps one of the most challenging parts of taking the I.E.L.T.S. exam. Firstly, the student has to understand how to write an essay (this involves analysing the question) and then, the student needs to write the essay in a foreign language, using a set of rules which often seem obscure. Remember, abstract reasoning and writing is generally, not the easiest task for native speakers. I mean that as well as writing in a foreign language, the student is often learning how to write a short essay for the first time.

One way that a student can approach the task is to look for different types of question. For example, the question type maybe: 

an argument inviting you to explore advantages and disadvantages
a hidden argument - these questions usually ask "to what extent...?", "In what way...?" or "how has...changed?"
a situation, where you need to suggest and explore reasons, causes and solutions to problems, if required...
So one aspect of answering an essay question well, is to work out what the question is asking you and to divide the question into smaller questions, work out what the main ideas are that you need to discuss or do something even simpler - discuss advantages and disadvantages (if this is what the question asks). Look at part 2 for more details on this.
Secondly, of course, you need good English! This means that you need to know how to argue, reason, persuade and balance arguments in a foreign language. This is not easy and often you cannot simply translate the words and phrases you would use in your own language. Language which is especially useful for essays is linking phrases, adverbs (used for a variety of purposes such as contrasting, persuading, adding information, counter-arguing, making concessions, clarifying, making exceptions etc.). Adverbs themselves, can be used for a variety of purposes - expressing feeling, expressing personal opinion, expressing logical ideas and indicating the areas where a situation exists. Significantly, there are other groups of adverbs called "Adverbs of manner",which add a descriptive element to a sentence, "Adverbs of degree", which are used to emphasise, adverbs which focus / restrict, "Adverbs of frequency", which are used in time phrases (and with specific sentences like the present simple and the present perfect) and "Adverbs of certainty", which are used to talk about the future.

Divide and Conquer

Finally, there are two other ideas you really need to understand well. You need to practice writing essay plans. This means analysing the question and then, deciding on the information that is needed to answer it. Normally, the question explicitly asks the student for specific information (i.e. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the internet as opposed to books?) or the question prompts the student to suggest specific solutions to problems and answer a number of questions. Once you begin to recognise these patterns, you can plan your answer better.

You need to practice, practice and then, practice some more. This is because you need to actively seek out the gaps in your knowledge and then fill them. At times, it may seem very difficult to get your head around essay technique, because you need a combination of skills to succeed at IELTS - wide ranging vocabulary, grammar and a knowledge of register. Obviously, the essay format is normally formal, so you need some formal phrases and words, as listed above. Furthermore, there are also several general skills needed for the essay format. These include, focussing attention, making an argument and expressing opinion, attitude and belief (for examples, please look at part 2). Obviously, if you don't not know the words to express yourself this is also a big problem. The good news is that as you practice writing essays you can make a big effort to fill the gaps in your knowledge, especially, if you know that there are certain themes that repeat themselves again and again as essay questions. Here is a list of common IELTS themes for you to look at - education, the media, work, science and technology, money and finance, politics, the environment, healthcare, crime and the law, social tensions, food and diet, children and the family, travel, the arts, town and country, architecture, men and women, geography, business and industry and global problems. The ones I have underlined feature more significantly in the essay writing section.

In conclusion, I think you really need to have a thorough grounding in English and remember that the exam requires appropriate, fluent and coherent language. Furthermore, you cannot always translate words and phrases directly from your own language. You need a book like "Collocations in Use" (by Cambridge University Press) or "Vocabulary for I.E.L.T.S." (again by Cambridge University) as well as an existing level of intermediate, at least. Also don't forget that each student is different and creative approaches can also be highly useful.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Writing an Opinion Essay

The opinion essay: The key aim of composing this sort of essay isn't to permit viewers know that your thoughts and opinions in solving a distinct issue is important. Your main aim may be to allow them to know of your thoughts and opinions or your position on either a basic or difficult matter and they should know that your standing is really significant to you.

Viewpoint essay writing has grown to be one of the most common varieties of writing these days. Whether it is world wide web blog writing or composition producing at school level, opinion essay writing is always found. Pupils at college stage are tutored just how to prepare an opinion essay so that in the long term they can shape the right paragraphs and make use of the correct text while writing an essay. Furthermore, it assists the student to produce the perfect judgment regarding the subject matter on which this individual is publishing the work.

There are actually lots of aspects which ought to be thought about while creating such work.

Generally, essays are composed on the basis of the author's point of view in support or in opposition to a particular topic. This point of view is obviously supported by several points and statements which are usually from a reputable origin like some book, industry experts, professionals or the internet. The article writer producing his own viewpoint in the essay cannot just generate his personal perspective because he believes it is appropriate. He has to back up his standpoint with precise information so as to make the readers feel that exactly what he has written in the composition is proper and feasible.

Consequently before really starting the writing component of the essay, one needs to gather almost all the specifics and claims that the author may need to support his viewpoint concerning the particular issue on which he is going to write. He additionally has to consider an effective heading or issue for the composition that might be ideal along with the perspective for the topic. Right after all these elements have been taken care of, the article author must start his or her publishing work as soon as possible since such essays consistently take time to get finished as the article writer has to contemplate a lot of different things whilst producing these essays.

Since the outcome would be centered via your very own view, do not forget to reveal things that would emphasize to the audience that what they are studying is structured from your judgment. A number of of these phrases may incorporate "I think" and many others. It is YOUR opinion - make that clear.

Essay creating can not be successful without having a final declaration. The conclusion is a tool so that the composition may leave behind a tough and engaging effect on the viewers. It does not merely sum up the significant items of the essay, but it concludes, closes and gives a personal perspective on the matter.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

How to Write a College Essay

Academic tasks at tertiary levels are considerably demanding owing to their emphasis on depth and breadth. College students must be equipped with adequate requisite skills and approaches of writing comprehensive and well thought out college essays.

Before getting into the nitty-gritty of the actual essay writing, students must know how to create feasible frameworks in which their effectiveness can be enhanced in order to meet set goals and standards. Student must plan their work schedule to be in tandem with multi-tasking environment that characterizes college life. In preparing to write a meaningful college essay students need to plan how much time they will commit to each step of drafting, researching up to the final steps of revising and submitting the final essay write ups.

The first step on the drafting phase of approaching a college essay must involve a clear understanding of the given topic. In cases where students have to select their own topics, the choice of subject matter in which the writer is well knowledgeable will be an ideal option. Quick brainstorming and follow-on reflections on the given or selected topic will run through recent findings or literature publications on relevant developments on the college essay focus topic.

The drafting step should involve the identification of relevant sources for the broadening of the writer's perspectives and bringing various existent ideas to focus. On this step students will have to ascertain the availability of the identified resources. Successful college essay writing always entails a step by step approach wherein students will have to focus thoroughly on specific individual requirements of the essay.

This step involves researching thoroughly on the essay topic by reviewing relevant literature from available knowledge reserves like the library and the internet.

The writer must run through the sources table of contents to check if the source contains the desired content before they waste valuable time on irrelevant resource materials.

Right through the research and the writing exercise students writing college essays must pursue a specific angle. Students must avoid adopting the kind of cliched, generic, and predictable writing. The writing of comprehensive essays will be achieved through the use of vivid and unambiguous detailing. The main body of the essay should be composed of relevant and concise arguments clearly reinforcing or refuting one standpoint or the other depending on the requirements of the college essay topic or thesis statement.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Is There Such a Thing As a 'Perfect Essay'?

Almost every other week a student will send me a message or come and see me asking what they have to do to write the 'perfect essay' - what will set their work apart from all the rest so as to make it stand out and get the top mark in their course. For me the answer is always the same: make sure that whatever subject you are studying in you principally adhere to a ten step strategy -
(1) understand your question;
(2) plan your research;
(3) be strict with your results;
(4) use up to date materials;
(5) plan your work;
(6) express yourself clearly and succinctly in accordance with your subject;
(7) reference your work effectively;
(8) read your work through and check your grammar and spelling carefully;
(9) use effective paragraphing; and, most importantly of all,
(10) make sure you have plenty of scope to take your time.

Even then, however, this cannot guarantee you a 'perfect' result as there is still another unknown factor to be accounted for - the 'human factor'.

You can take every precaution possible in planning and writing your work, but you cannot effectively and absolutely judge as to how your assessor will look upon your work as you are not (unless you are someone like Derren Brown!) able to read your assessor's mind and know what they consider to be the 'X-Factor' that will take you into the top marks.

Occassionally, you may get lucky and be assessed by the same person that has taught you a subject so that you will be able to pick up on some of their idiosyncracies regarding their likes and dislikes in essay writing and in the essays that they mark (like block paragraphs, not just telling a story, writing short, sharp sentences, and not using 'But' to start a sentence). However, whilst these points are no doubt useful to your essay writing process, there is still a great deal left open to chance. This is because even if you cover all of the points that you know have to be covered because of the meticulous way that you have been taught the subject and the way in which you have studied does not mean that you are guaranteed a 'top mark'.

At the same time, however, in spite of this line of thought that has come to be prevalent amongst educators and students that is not meant to be defeatist; it is only meant to lead students like you to question whether they are pushing themselves hard enough to achieve the best results. This is because, whilst the possibility of someone achieving 100% in some subjects at certain institutions may be a once in a blue moon occurrence for essay writing as a 'Holy Grail', if one aspires for 100% of the marks in any given essay writing assessment (or any other form of assessment for that matter) then you are more likely to achieve the top marks.

Of course, for those of you who are currently uninitiated in the ways of educational establishments that may be something of an oxmoron. To say that you will achieve top marks - ergo the 'perfect essay' - and yet do so without achieving 100% of the marks may sound a little strange until you consider that there are thresholds for the achievement of your grades. For example, a 'C' grade could be awarded for any mark between 40% and 55%, a 'B' grade could be for anything between 56% and 69% of the marks, whilst an 'A' grade is anything from 70% of the marks upwards. This may seem a little unbalanced on the face of it but I guarantee you that this is the grading system that many institutions that I have worked with look to work according to and, in terms of weird systems, it is just the tip of a very, very large iceberg!

So, back to the 'perfect essay' . . .

In effect from the nature and scope of this article's discussion we are looking to argue that whilst 'perfection' is very difficult to achieve in its purest form - i.e. 100% of the marks available - the 'perfect essay' is still achievable if you think of perfection as 'only' the top grade (e.g. an 'A' or, as we in the UK and many current and former British Commonwealth countries still consider it, a 1st class) and this is very easily obtained if you look to account for those ten points I previously alluded to when carrying out your essay writing.

Let's go over them one more time . . .

When writing your essays follow this process -
(1) understand your question;
(2) plan your research;
(3) be strict with your results;
(4) use up to date materials;
(5) plan your work;
(6) express yourself clearly and succinctly in accordance with your subject;
(7) reference your work effectively;
(8) read your work through and check your grammar and spelling carefully;
(9) use effective paragraphing; and, most importantly of all,
(10) make sure you have plenty of scope to take your time. Then, once you have gone through each of these points, you should be well on the way to producing an excellent essay with every chance of achieving a top grade for your work.

Also, you can help yourself even more if you think about it because, rather than looking at your essay as a strenuous task whereby you start with nothing, why not look at your work as you starting with full marks already. It is then your job to look to protect those marks with all that you have in your arsenal. Many students that I help on a daily basis find this to be a more effective way of looking at the work that they have been set: they find to be more of a motivation 'protecting' something that they already have, rather than trying to 'gain' something that they want - just a thought because it depends on the student as you may find the converse true.

This is, of course, a very short hand approach to looking to achieve the 'perfect essay' as there is much more that you can look to do to help yourself with your marks. However, this article should still hopefully get your mind thinking in the right way so that you are then able to expand on the ideas here with the other resources at your disposal - next time you are in class you may even want to ask your teacher or lecturer about what they consider to be the 'perfect essay' . . . more often than not it will be something of an ambiguous response that you will receive that means very little but, on occasion, you will receive information that will prove golden so take notes!!

Remember that there are a lot of resources and materials available to students like you that are either free or very inexpensive including 'The Secret Guide to Academic Writing & Study' via [http://www.academicfx.co.uk/page5.html] that provides many practial examples and walkthroughs as well as further ideas for developing your studies and enhancing your academic potential and, as a result, your future career prospects.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Problem With Writing Paragraphs and Essays

As students continue through elementary school and move on to high school, their imagination skills and writing skills get worse. Why? They have been told to stop daydreaming or face severe punishment. They have been told to face reality and stop fantasizing. They have been so thoroughly disabused of creative imagination and so robotically trained to write about other peoples' works that they often cannot develop their own ideas on given topic. Moreover, they lack the tools necessary to help themselves over this frustrating hurtle.

By the ninth grade, most students are apathetic about writing. This, I discovered when I interviewed dozens of students coming to my tutoring center for help in the subject. For example, many would just frown or sneer as soon as I mentioned, we were going to learn about paragraph or essay writing. Their attitude was so bad I had to coax them with gentle persuasion just to pick a topic. It looked hopeless!

Something must change to reverse this trend. We cannot keep turning out apathetic students and then as if by magic expect them to become transformed when they reach senior high. The grade twelve-diploma requirement in English demands that a student write a short essay on a given topic in class as part of their final exam. College and university entrance expect these skills as mandatory enrollment requirement and test each student. Without a solution, the average student does not have any hope of passing.

Can High School Students Expect To Become Good Essay Writers?

Essay writing begins with language arts basics training, imagination stimulation, and organized grammatical structural guidance. All valuable structures begin with a strong foundation, plan and quality support. The subject of essay writing is such a structure and its goal is effective communication.

Students need a step-by-step instructional format that proofs them up against confusion, lack of imagination and the inability to argue an opinion successfully. The purpose is to get the agreement from the reader and a favorable academic response by the teacher. The writing levels are too low for the average high school student and require a new method of tutoring. Students can learn to become good essay writers, even great essay writers with a new method of instruction.
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Informative Essay

This has even been recognized by academia, the more reason why you will be permitted to write your essay by borrowing ideas from other term papers. The research and writing process should be an academic pursuit for every studious writer and this practice must be continually infused into the writer. This is because research and writing should be considered as a continuous process in which you learn more as you write frequently. The writing process can be done at any level and at any time, but if you decide to carry out any research, whether from an academic requirement or from a personal motivation, you should always start at once. In actual fact, you should always consider writing an informative document as a timed writing, no matter the length of time that you set aside for its completion.

Start by being very positive in your pursuit. It is common knowledge that the research process is not as easy as often thought, but you should not be discouraged because you have heard that it is a difficult process. Take note that every two researchers are not the same and no two essays will ever be the same. You are a student in your own right and what you may consider easy, another student will consider very difficult and vise versa. Failure in research comes in when you begin your essay with the fear that it is a difficult process. Ahead of writing your essay, always think of the writing process as part and parcel of your class writing, but make it serious above ordinary class writing. Your writing skills should be more than reading a text and reading in preparation for exams to creating a theory, investigating the basis of it and generating materials to build an essay that will not only be useful to you, but that will be leaned upon by academia or that could serve as a point of reference to other researchers.

If you consider this type of writing as something more serious than ordinary class writing, you will realize that you will be at liberty to decide on what to write on. The burden will be on you to prove your mastery of the course to the reader. This will be nothing more than writing on an issue in which you have the greatest passion about. Keep in mind that you cannot successfully impress your readers on a subject you know little about. The guiding principal should be to write on a topic you know everything about, and not on a subject you know a bit about everything.

Informative essay writing from concept to completion should be seen as an activity in which the ideas of others will count in the writing process. Writing an essay is not a solitary process. You have the freedom to choose material from any source of your choice. In fact, the whole essay can be a weaving of the ideas of other writers, but you ought to be very creative in the way you write. You may decide to revise and bring out a new approach different from that of the original writer. What you should do is to always credit your sources appropriately.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Essay Writers - 8 Ways to Squeeze Out Creative Juices

Essay writers are known to be artistic, inventive, and imaginative. But they're humans too, they also experience idea block out. It can be due to a lot of different reasons - stress, uninspired, etc. Essay writing, unlike any kind of physical and mental activity, is way more demanding. It requires 100% concentration and 101% creativity.

But the problem lies on squeezing those needed creative juices. While some writers can come up with brilliant ideas in a snap, many struggles on fabricating thoughts to work on. Here are some tips to bringing out the ingenious side of essay writers:

1.Work in a comfortable place
Having a comfortable environment is conducive for brainstorming. Essay writers tend to be more creative when surrounded with the same kind of people. It was also proven that hanging out with creative people can make one a creative person as well. Having such inspiring atmosphere contributes to thinking bright ideas.

2.Read and digest
Reading is a great means to instigate creative ideas. It doesn't matter what subject matter it is. Reading is intellectually stimulating. There are a lot of things to be learned in reading different kinds of materials. The more one gets to read, the more one gets to know. Reading introduces the essay writers to endless writing possibilities.

3.Try something new daily
Experiencing new things opens the door for innovative writing ideas. These new experiences broaden essay writers' perspectives. The more experience, the more room for learning and discovery.

4.Focus on an artistic activity everyday
The idea is to stimulate the creative cells in the mind. Essay writing requires a fully-conditioned creative mind. Doing an artistic activity daily sharpens and hones skills. A regular exercise for the brain manifests its benefits during crunch time.

5.Let the imagination run wild
In imagination, sky is the limit. Weird imagination triggers creative ideas. Exaggerating or the extremes are exciting take off for essay writers aspiring for catchy topics. Imagining is the ultimate brain exercise. Thinking outside the box is key to bring out the eccentric genius in any writer.

6.Practice a little discipline
Many essay writers believe in the idea "write as the mood strikes". But it's not quite healthy. Whatever creative outlet it may be, it is beneficial to set a few minutes each day to continuously stimulate the mind. It doesn't need to be something too major. Doodling is one good form of daily creative activity.

7.Allocate sufficient time
Cramming is not a good way to outflow ideas. Forcing it out can lead to haphazardly written works. Having ample time to think and plan produces quality essay composition. Many essay writers do not work well under time pressure.

8.Ask other people
Diversity is directly related to creativity. New ideas are acquired through new perspectives. As the saying goes, those who are afraid to ask are afraid to learn. Brainstorming can convert a raw idea into brilliant essay writing. Essay writers can draw out fresh writing styles and designs through talking to diverse people.

Though it may seem that essay writers are invincible with regard to writing styles and techniques, formulating unique ideas is quite a different story. Creative juices can be free flowing to ingenious minds, but at times it can be so hard to squeeze out - it takes effort to develop brilliant and extraordinary essay ideas.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Why You Need an Impeccable Introduction for Your Essay

While most people perceive essay writing to be an overly complicated venture, it is actually an easy undertaking that can be done by anybody. It all depends on the amount of effort invested into the essay writing exercise. One has to invest sufficient time and critical thoughts to come up with an effective essay. However, an essay is as good as the introduction the writer chooses. Herein is a discussion of the three important roles that an effective essay introduction will serve to the advantage of the writer.

1. It will grab the attention of the audience

A good essay introduction will grab the attention of the essay's intended audience. Just by reading the introduction, the audience will have reasons as to why they should continue reading the essay. Different tactics can be used to enhance the attention-grabbing power of an effective essay introduction. For instance, one can entice the audience by stating a fascinating fact regarding the topic he/she is writing on. Such a fact can be either a summary of recorded figures pertaining to a subject within the essay topic. One can also use a proverb that pronounces the topic to be discussed. There are several tactics for writers to choose from provided the best grab the much needed attention from the audience.

2. It will guide the essay writing process

An introduction does so much in guiding the writer on how to write the essay and what to write in the essay. A good introduction will outline what the writer intends to write and it will try to explain why the writer intends to write on the specified topic. As such, a good essay introduction will explain, though in summary, the why, what, who, where, when and how as pertains to the selected question. An effective introduction should outline the problem that the essay at hand intends to solve. In short, a good essay introduction is simply an invitation to the audience to read your essay on specific issues that you outline therein. If understood this way, your introduction is guaranteed of the much needed effectiveness.

3. It should pronounce your argument

Every essay is intended to be an argument in which the writer argues for a specific position against another as regards to the chose topic. With this understanding, the essay should at all times be supporting the chosen position. Therefore, a good introduction will outline the position that the writer chooses to support. In most cases this position is referred as to the thesis statement. The thesis statement, which is usually accommodated within the introduction, is a statement that forms the basis of the entire essay. Because of its debatable nature, the thesis statement allows the writer to properly argue towards a specific position.

If properly written, the introduction should exhaustively fulfill these three purposes. How effective the essay is, depends on the introduction as without it being interesting the entire essay becomes dull. Therefore in the quest to write an effective essay you must ensure that your essay introduction is as highly engaging as possible.