Growing Your Essay Up: Part 1, Breaking out of Divisions of Proof

Welcome to our new short series on "maturing" your essays from high school to college expectations. Today, we'll begin with what is often the most important element of a paper - the thesis. What does your thesis writing process entail? While some students count struggling not to set their papers afire as a reasonable part …

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“Four Score and Seven Years Ago… I started my thesis statement”

What do a research paper, a business memo, and a rhetorical analysis have in common? Aside from the fact that they are often written the night before the due date, they all require a thesis statement. One of the toughest stages in the essay writing process usually comes with the first step: understanding where to …

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Part 4: “So what?” A Writing Series

Welcome to our final week of asking the "so what?" question.  Let's get started. So what about research papers?  Again, start by asking the essential question: What does the paper want? Research papers demand thoroughness. These assignments do not benefit from incomplete or missing information since the prompts tend to be wide enough to encompass …

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Part 3: “So What?” A Writing Series

And we're back! So what about persuasive/argumentative papers? Again, the first question to ask is: What does the paper want? Persuasive/argumentative papers are like debates: they give you a chance to prove why you’re right while offering a rebuttal to the opposing side. These papers rely on not just substantial evidence, but clear, organized arguments that …

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Part 2: “So What?” A Writing Series

Welcome back! So what about rhetorical analysis papers? The first question you should ask yourself is "What does the paper want?"  Rhetorical analysis papers explore how rhetoric is used to relay messages, present patterns, and address certain demographics. Rhetoric is not so much what you’re saying, but how you’re saying something. In the pieces you’re consulting, …

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Part 1: “So What?” A Writing Series

Welcome to Part 1 of a 4 post series exploring the question every reader likes to ask: "So what?" Let's begin! So what is “so what?”? Writing papers is crucial in nearly all disciplines. Being able to articulate your thoughts fully and demonstrate your critical thinking skills are necessary, but we’re often bogged down by the …

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