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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Quick Tip #13: Write the body of an essay first

Here’s a secret you might not know: there is no one “correct” way to write an essay draft. If writing an essay from beginning to end has not worked for you, it may be time to consider another drafting strategy. For many students, the hardest part of writing is getting their initial ideas down on …

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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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