Three Approaches to Freewriting

All too often, we have many expectations for what our paper should look like. It needs the proper format, correct grammar, or a compelling hook. It’s natural to imitate what is mandated by an instructor and hope for full credit. But when we weigh ourselves down with these surface-level expectations at first, it’s difficult to …

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Quick Tip #19: How to Use Your Exam Prep Time

The proctor sets the prompt down. It reads: In a fully-developed essay, answer the following topic with specifics. Write about a time you were in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable situation. What did you do to make the situation better? What did you learn from the experience? After a few seconds, I recognize this assignment as …

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Quick Tip #15: Show, Don’t Tell

You might be tempted, especially when you’re desperate, to rush your ideas. You use a few adjectives to tell readers about your thesis statements, personal strengths, and outlooks on life, expecting them to comprehend your exact points despite the vague language that looks intuitive to you. The written word has been used to stage Shaespeare’s …

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