Category: General Strategies
Tips for Organizing Your Ideas (Reverse Outlining)
Use this clever strategy to take a bunch of ideas and shape them into a coherent essay.Read More
Analyzing Audience to Maximize Your Impact (and Grades)
Understanding how most teachers view student attitudes and approaches to work can help you succeed.Read More
What is a Narrative Essay?
The basics for writing a compelling narrative essay.Read More
What Makes an ‘A’ Paper?
“Some students earn A’s effortlessly, while others labor away for a B+, or C+. What makes an A paper?
Obviously the definition of an ‘A’ varies from teacher to teacher. Most students know that some teachers give out only a few As, while others are quite generous. And most teachers don’t talk about what makes an A.
This may be because they feel the ingredients of an excellent paper can’t be captured in a simple list, or because they can’t really articulate what an A paper actually is – they just know it when they see it.”
Examples of Narrative Essays
There’s nothing like a model! Quick access to solid examples of narrative essays.Read More
How to Write an ‘A’ Paper
Step-by-step guidance to earning as high a grade as possible.Read More
Tips and Tricks to Narrative Essays
How to avoid the cliches and traps of a traditional narrative essay assignment.Read More
How do I get from the ‘C’ range to a ‘B’ (or Better)?
If you’ve been getting C’s on your papers and you want to raise those grades to B’s or even higher, it’s good to remember first what those grades of B and C mean. Students sometimes assume (mistakenly) that B should be the default grade, or that if they routinely received B’s in high school they’re entitled to receive them in college too. But “B” is supposed to mean good, while “C” means average. There are some classes where B is the most common grade earned on papers, so sometimes B can also mean “average.” In both cases, consider what “average” and “good” mean according to the standards of the school you’re attending.Read More
What Is an Expository Essay?
The basics for writing a compelling expository essay.Read More
How to Move from the ‘B’ Range to an ‘A’
If you want to really go after that big A, it’s good to remember what those grades of A and B mean. Students sometimes assume (mistakenly) that A should be a default grade, or that if they routinely received A’s in high school they’re entitled to receive them in college too. But “A” is supposed to mean excellent, while “B” means good. In both cases, consider what “good” and “excellent” mean according to the standards of the school you’re attending.Read More
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