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The Problem-Solution Essay

Essay Overview A Problem-Solution Essay discusses a problem, and then provides a plan for its solution.  We often use this type of essay when we what to persuade others that we have a better idea, or a better plan. There are two ways to organize a problem-solution essay.  You can write about the problem, or problems, in […]

Using Pronouns to Build Coherence

Instead of repeating a noun in a paragraph, use pronouns to refer back to the person, place, or thing you are talking about. Some examples of pronouns are I, you, he, she, they, we, it, this, that, these, and those. Because pronouns refer back to their noun, they are often used to create coherence and flow in a paragraph. “The students are trying […]

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Preparing for a Speech

Practice is key to delivering an effective speech. Some speakers rely on their notes to keep their thoughts organized. But if you want to connect with your audience, know your material well enough (practice) to maintain good eye contact.

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Finding Sources for Your Essay

How do I find information for my research essay? Now that you have been assigned a research topic, you will have to go through the process of finding information to support your position.  One of the fastest ways to locate reliable information is to use university or college library databases.  Databases allow you to quickly […]

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Spring Celebration!

Spring Celebration! Next week is March already, and we are about to start our Spring courses. As part of the Spring Celebration, and a big thanks to our students, we are offering 30% off all our courses. Just use coupon code SPRING21. This offer will be good until March 15, 2021. We spent some time this […]

Summary Writing – Review

Purpose of Summarizing a Passage Condense information to provide an overview Include the author’s full name, title of source, and writer’s intent (main idea). Organize main ideas into a paragraph. Always write your own words. Steps in Writing a Summary Read passage to get an overview. Read passage again underlining main ideas and major details. […]

A Simple Outline

The example below is a full outline of a short essay. On a timed writing test, you will not have the time to write a complete outline, but you should at least write a scratch outline. In a scratch outline, you generally just write a working thesis statement, and topic sentences (See highlighted areas below). […]


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