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.


 

College Essays: Examples, Prompts, and Topics

For many students, the first experience with college-level academic writing comes with the college essay.  Whether it is an admission essay for a particular university or an essay written as part of a scholarship application, many students find themselves overwhelmed by the thought of writing a college essay.  After all, these essays tend to vary from the standard five-paragraph essay format that many students rely on throughout their high school academic careers.  In addition, they often focus on personal stories or details, taking a narrative format that differs dramatically from what most students have learned to write. Do not worry.  Continue Reading...

1100+ Essay Topics for College from A to Z

Writing an essay but can’t come up with a topic for it?  Most students encounter this issue, especially if writer’s block is creeping up on you.  Don’t panic, check out our list of 1100+ essay topics which will help you in writing an amazing paper. Essay Topics A A & P, Abortion, Abraham Lincoln, Absalom, Absalom!, Accounting, ADHD, Admissions Essays, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Advertising, Affirmative Action,  Africa, African American History, African History, Agriculture, AIDS, Albert Einstein, Alcohol, Alcoholism, Aldous Huxley, Alexander Dumas, Alexander Hamilton, Alfred Camus, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice Walker, Amelia Continue Reading...

Narrative Essay

The narrative essay can be one of the most exciting writing assignments for a student to receive.  Less rigid than many other types of writing, the narrative essay invites you to be creative and to step outside of the formulaic box of expository writing.  In fact, you may draw on personal experiences or stories that you have heard about other people, which can make writing a narrative essay simultaneously more and less challenging than other types of writing assignments.  You will often be freed from the traditional structure of more rigid essay types; however, this freedom can make it difficult Continue Reading...

Different Types of Essays to Write

Students will be asked to produce all types of essays throughout their academic careers. Depending on the class, these include persuasive essays, expository essays, analytical essays, argumentative essays, process essays, and more. One of the biggest mistakes students make is mixing them up and using the wrong one for their assignment. Writing essays is a lot easier when you understand the difference between them. Here is some clarification on the types of essays most commonly assigned at all levels of school, including high school and college. Persuasive Essay A persuasive essay is one in which the author is actively taking a stand on an Continue Reading...

119 Research Paper Topics to Explore (Updated for 2019)

Writing a research paper but struggling to find a research paper topic?  A lot of times, people imagine that to produce a successful paper they must know everything there is to know about a subject before beginning.  As Professor Peyton Jones points out, all you really need is an idea:  once you have the idea, start writing.  As you begin to write you will find out what it is you don’t know—and that can spur you on in your research. Any subject under the sun could be studied until the end of time and still there would be more to Continue Reading...

Personal Essay and How to Write One Quickly

What is a Personal Essay The personal essay is, for many students, the easiest type of essay that they will be asked to write in their academic careers.  Drawing on personal experiences, and usually written in the first-person perspective, personal essays are more similar to our daily writing than many other essay or term paper assignments, which means that they come naturally to many students.  However, for other students, this type of essay is a nightmare assignment.  Taken outside of the traditional five-paragraph structure, asked to write about something personal, and freed of the conventions of traditional academic writing; many Continue Reading...

Satire Essay and How to Write One

This article will not only explain what a satire essay is, but provide you a tutorial or guide on how to write this type of essay as well as examples. As the name suggests, this essay uses satire to bring attention to an issue or subject.  In our opinion, satirical essays are the most difficult type of essays that students will be asked to tackle in their academic careers.  In them, students are not only expected to demonstrate a high level of subject-area and content knowledge, but also be able to employ humor to highlight the absurdities of a real life Continue Reading...

Descriptive Essay and How to Write One

This article will not only explain what a descriptive essay is, but will provide detailed information on how to write one yourself. What is a Descriptive Essay The descriptive essay is one of the four modes of discourse and composition (Nordquist, 2016).  The other three modes are narration, exposition and argumentation.  While it is impossible to ever write purely in one mode (all four tend to overlap in one way or another), one mode can be emphasized above the other three.  In the descriptive essay, the mode that is focused on is the description mode:  the writer is challenged with describing an experience, Continue Reading...

How to Write an Essay

For many students, essays are the most challenging part of the college or university experience.  This is not surprising; many students who enter college directly from high school have not been prepared for university-level writing.  Students who are returning to college after a stint in the workforce or military may not have written an academic assignment in years, which can be frightening.   Even competent, confident writers can find an essay assignment overwhelming if a topic is challenging or if they are unfamiliar with the type of essay that has been assigned.  So, we sat down with a group of writers (some Continue Reading...

100 Argumentative Essay Topics (Updated for 2019)

  Ever want to get involved in a knock-down, drag out, all-out-war of words?  Okay—so maybe not—but sometimes you have no choice.  Part of growing as a writer is showing that you have the ability to stake yourself to a claim and argue it effectively. That doesn’t mean you need to produce the rhetorical equivalent of punching your opponent in the nose—no!  The art of the argumentative essay is about using logic to convey the rightness of your stance. In this article, we’ll discuss how to do that—but first you’ll need to wade into the pool of argumentative essay topics Continue Reading...