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 an Evaluation Essay

The evaluation essay is written to assess the quality of an object.  This can be a work of art, a business plan, a scholarly essay, an experience, an advertisement or virtually anything else out there. The aim of the evaluation is not to give your own personal opinion on the topic but rather to be as objective as possible in your judgment of the item at hand.  Identify its strengths and weaknesses, make a list of what it does well; or consider what one should expect from it, how it compares to others, or what effects it has on an Continue Reading...

How to Write a Dissertation: Beginners Guide (2018 Edition)

The dissertation is the culmination of all your hard work and study. It requires a lot of reading, research and planning. But because it is so long and the process somewhat painstaking, it helps to have a guide: so here’s ours. Writing a dissertation doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In this tutorial, we’ll clear up some of the ambiguities that plague writers when they begin contemplating whether doing a dissertation is the path for them. As always, remember, just because you have to write it yourself doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Our dissertation Continue Reading...

How to Write an Analytical Essay:  An A to Z Guide

Many students have to write an analytical essay at some point in their academic careers.  Usually these essays focus on an issue, a study, a film or a work of literature.  They give the student an opportunity to dissect both the medium and the work presented in that medium.  Of course, as Wordsworth said, “We murder to dissect.”  Nonetheless, if you’re going to kill it, go for the jugular. In this article, we’ll discuss how to write an analytical essay and give you everything you need to know from A to Z. What is an Analytical Essay? An analytical essay Continue Reading...

How to Write a 500 Word Essay

The 500 word essay is one of the shorter types of essays a student might be asked to write.  Coming in just under 2 pages in length (approximately 300 words per double-spaced page), this short essay can typically be written using the 5 paragraph model.  This model has a one-paragraph introduction, a 3-paragraph body, and a one-paragraph conclusion.  Each paragraph should be about 100 words long—or roughly 5 sentences—and each paragraph should have a main idea or topic sentence.  To give you a sense of length, this paragraph right here is almost exactly 100 words long. Definition How long is Continue Reading...

How to Write an Essay Introduction (Quick and Easy)

Writing an essay introduction is one of the most important steps in crafting a great paper.  You have to capture the reader’s attention with your opening salvo and deliver your thesis statement. The three keys to writing a great introduction are:  1) use a hook, 2) provide a little background info, and 3) state your thesis—the main idea that will be supported by the body of the essay.  In this article, we’ll show you how to write an essay introduction and give you some good examples of intros that can be used for a variety of essay genres. How to Continue Reading...

How to Write an Expository Essay

An expository essay is one of the four main modes of discourse. Most of the papers you will write in high school and college will be expository in nature. It simply means that you will be required to identify a subject, research it, construct a thesis, and then develop a method of analyzing the data to substantiate your thesis. In this article, we’ll examine the ways that you can write a really great expository essay! What is an Expository Essay / Definition Here are some simple questions that you can ask to better understand the expository essay and its focus. Continue Reading...

How to Write a Personal Statement with Examples

When it’s time to apply to college, grad school, law school, or med school, one of the most important steps to take is writing the personal statement. The personal statement is your opportunity to toot your own horn. Take full advantage of it and show why you have what it takes to succeed in the real world. What is a Personal Statement The definition of a personal statement will typically come in one of two forms—either it will be a general but comprehensive overview of you, your accomplishments, your skills, your drive, your interests and your goals; or it will Continue Reading...

How to Write a Topic Sentence

A topic sentence is the most important part of a paragraph. It acts as the signpost for your writing, alerting the reader of his whereabouts.  The topic sentence yells out, “Hey!  You!  Over here!  This is where we’re at and where we’re going!  If you don’t like this path, better turn back around!” In other words, the topic sentence announces—yep, that’s right—the topic! Every paragraph has its own—or at least should have its own—topic. (No doubt you’ve probably read a paragraph that rambles all over the place and never seems to make a point.  Surely, you’ve come across a paragraph Continue Reading...

How to Write a Cause and Effect Essay (in 5 Steps)

How did we get here?  How did this happen?  What made everything so that you are there reading this and we are here anticipating our next line? In other words, what was the cause of all this??? When you are writing a cause and effect essay, these are the types of questions you might encounter. It may seem like a lot to bite off, but if you take a step back and try to adopt a macro perspective before launching into the micro, you’ll have a better chance of making sense of it all. In this article, we’ll examine the Continue Reading...

How to Write a Personal Narrative Essay (Beginners Guide)

A personal narrative essay is a story about oneself.  There is usually a point to the story—a theme that is generated over the course of the action, or an idea that is reached at the conclusion that provides enlightenment. The narrative can be humorous, joyous, dramatic, gentle, straight-forward or even surprising. The key is to provoke a response in your reader—to trigger an emotion, a thought, a memory—something that makes the reader feel thankful for having read your work Thankful why?—well, that is up to you. If your story is happy, great!  If you story is sad, fine!  There really Continue Reading...