Essay Writing Tutorials

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Is there anything more frustrating than getting an assignment that leaves you scratching your head in confusion, wondering how to approach it?  We have all been there.  In fact, no one becomes a great writer unless he or she tackles assignments that are challenging, frustrating, and new.  However, while completing a particularly challenging assignment might make you a better writer, the process can create a tremendous amount of anxiety for the average student.  Instead of focusing on completing your assignment, you might be wondering if you are approaching it correctly, what mistakes you are making, and what kind of impact it will have on your grades.

Take a deep breath, calm down, and let us help you.  We have a number of essay writing tutorials aimed at helping students understand the challenges of various types of writing assignments.  Most of our essay writing tutorials focus on past and present current events, reflecting the types of assignments students are likely to encounter in their own course work.  Using these tutorials, students can improve their own writing.

Our tutorials come in multiple formats.  We have some simple Q&A style formats that address the questions and issues that our customers experience most frequently.  If you are having a particular writing challenge, such as how to write a lengthy essay, how to properly use a particular citation style, or how to tackle a specific type of essay, these tutorials can provide you with invaluable information and guidance.  We also have tutorials that focus on example essays, providing annotations to some of our most popular example essays so that you can understand why a writer made specific choices when writing that assignment.  Combined together, these essay writing tutorials can help you meet any challenges you face, make better grades, and become a better writer.


 

How to Write a Close Reading Essay (2018 Guide)

  Introduction A close reading essay is like going to a museum, and staring at a painting until you notice significant details you had not seen before. Writing an essay based on a closed reading of the text means you need to be able to flex your observational and analytical muscles when it comes to textual interpretation. This is your time to show your teacher that you are able to not only notice the minutia of a literary passage, poem or short story, but that you have something insightful to say about that minutia. While this might sound tedious, it’s Continue Reading...

How to Write a Profile Essay (2018 Guide)

  Profile essays are fun to write because they allow you to put on a different hat than the standard student one. A profile essay is an assignment where you get to do what journalists do: center your writing on one person, place or thing. The task is comparable to a celebrity profile. Nearly everyone has read a celebrity profile: this is when a journalist details their time spent with a celebrity, usually during a time when the celebrity needs to promote an album or film. However, journalists write about places and things as well, with much frequency. Travel journalists Continue Reading...

How to Write a Critical Analysis Essay

A critical analysis essay can be a very intimidating assignment, simply due to the fact that it sounds complex and serious. And in some ways it is—but it actually can be more fun than you would expect. A critical analysis essay means that your teacher is expecting some pretty heavy lifting. If the essay is about a book, poem, film or work of art, it’s not enough for you to have just read it (or watched/looked at it) and understand it. This essay asks you to do much, much more than show that you know what something was about. A Continue Reading...

How to Write a Literacy Narrative Essay

A literacy narrative essay is fun to write—even though the name sounds quite dull. This type of essay forces the student to do something they often don’t get the opportunity to do: think about their first feelings in connection to reading and writing. In some ways, this type of essay is a cousin of the personal statement and the reflective essay. Think back to the time when you were so little, you couldn’t read or write. You’d see adults around you reading or writing, engaged in this mysterious activity. It was as if they were part of some league of Continue Reading...

30 Professor Recommended Discursive Essay Topics (Updated for 2018)

Writing on your choice of discursive essay topics gives you the rare opportunity to walk the fine line that separates a discursive essay from its close cousins—the argumentative or persuasive essay. While in certain lights, a discursive essay might resemble its relatives, the argumentative or persuasive essay, they are still very distinct. For example, an argumentative essay seeks to convince you of an argument, but a discursive essay seeks to examine the arguments on opposing sides of an issue—with marked detachment. A discursive essay forces you to look at an issue you might be very passionate about and to approach Continue Reading...

How to Write an Amazing Discursive Essay (2018 Guide)

Introduction You know that “impartial friend” everyone has? The one who is super mature, fair and almost never takes sides when people they know are arguing? That friend is akin to a discursive essay. Discursive essays are marked by their impartiality, by the distance they take from issues or complex phenomena. The discursive essay inquisitively walks around such subjects, examining them closely, but objectively, seldom forming a concrete conclusion. The discursive essay is very similar to that impartial friend who is always happy to lend a listening ear, but does not become emotionally invested in a particular issue. Conversely, we Continue Reading...

How to Correctly Summarize an Article (2018 Edition)

Don’t just summarize the text, analyze it! How many times have you heard your teacher say that? Often when assigning an analytical essay of some sort, teachers will give a stern warning out against the dangers of just summarizing a novel, short story or article. This is because they want you to be able to demonstrate that you have more than a laundry list of the main points in your head—but can deconstruct and explore them in a meaningful manner. They want you to do more than just regurgitate the basics. However, this doesn’t mean that regurgitating or summarizing an Continue Reading...

How to Write an Exemplification Essay (2018 Guide)

  Introduction An exemplification essay is the type of essay that teachers love to assign, because it sounds complex and it scares students. Okay, maybe (most) teachers don’t want to scare students, but they do like to test student knowledge and understanding. An exemplification essay is a perfect example of something that sounds complicated but actually isn’t at all. It just happens to be a type of essay that teachers don’t assign as often as other types (persuasive essay, descriptive essay, cause and effect essay, etc.) because this is a very, very specific type of writing assignment. An exemplification essay, Continue Reading...

27 Pop Culture Essay Topics (Updated for 2018)

When most people think of pop culture essay topics, their minds quickly gravitate to current television shows and music—and this is understandable. Pop culture centers on the aspects of entertainment, art, leisure, fashion, gaming and music that are popular right now or in recent history. But pop culture consumes so much more than that—pop culture also refers to the lifestyle of how people communicate, spend their leisure time, and relax. This even includes what kind of food they eat. For example, in the 1950s poodle skirts and bold A-line skirts were all the fashion, everyone was listening to Elvis Presley, Continue Reading...

How to Write a Character Analysis Essay (2018 Guide)

  While character analysis might sound like this sophisticated demand, this really isn’t the case. Writing a character analysis essay can actually be quite enjoyable. This is your moment to roll up your sleeves and play armchair psychologist. You get to assess a fictional personage and make a case about their strengths, weaknesses, secret desires, perversions, shortcomings, needs and issues. This gives you the power to play shrink and essentially give the reader the rundown regarding why this fictional person is so weird, intriguing, or infuriating. A character analysis should always be fun to write as it gives you the Continue Reading...