Essay writing

Part 2: Perfecting Standard Essay Structure for Standardized Testing

In the last blog, you were given the general format for a successful standard essay. Below is an example using that template that answers the question, Of the books you have read in the past year, which one made the biggest impression on you and why? Sample Standard Essay Response: This year I read The Giver by Lois Lowry and it made a big impression on me because like Jonas, I don’t always agree with…

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Part 1: Perfecting Standard Essay Structure for Standardized Testing

For essay prompts that ask you to answer a question, such as Of the books you have read in the past year, which one made the biggest impression on you and why?, your goal is to structure an essay that answers the question and presents paragraphs with supporting evidence. Your essay should have four paragraphs: the introduction, two supporting paragraphs, and the conclusion. Your answer to the given question will form the thesis of your…

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Writing Workshops for the Classroom

Getting feedback on schoolwork is an essential part of how students learn, but the current method for students receiving this feedback only from their teachers holds students back. Too often students turn in work to a teacher for a grade and then immediately move on to the next big assignment, without giving the project much thought after the due date. Additionally, teachers spend a lot of time evaluating student work, but many students barely glance…

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Is Your Child Applying to Private School or College This January? 

It’s important to start connecting with the private schools or colleges that your child is interested in, because schools keep track of the amount of times that you express interest and use this information to help determine admission. It’s a good idea to start early in selecting the list of schools to which you will apply, and to develop a timeline of all due dates and materials required for admission. If your child is applying for private school, this…

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

If you’re a writer or a student, chances are you’ve experienced writer’s block. It’s a very frustrating situation, so you may be wondering what exactly it is, why it happens, and how you can make it go away. Read on to find out! What is writer’s block? Writer’s block is when you are unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with your writing. It happens to every writer at some point…

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Advice for Student Writers

There is no one way to learn how to write, but that is part of the beauty of writing. Here are a few tips for students who want to become better writers.  1. Write often and in different styles. The best way to improve your writing is to write as much as possible! Give yourself a boost with regular and varied writing practice, such as journaling, essays, stories, poems, blogs, and more. Perhaps the best way…

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Is Your College Student Struggling With English Composition?

Many students struggle with College English Composition coursework. Whether your child is a freshman or a senior, there are always new challenges when it comes to writing. Students will be required to write essays, term papers, theses, senior/final projects, and case studies. Along the way they may struggle with: Writing skills (basic punctuation/capitalization, sentence structure, syntax, etc.) Structuring essays Organizing large projects Brainstorming appropriate topics and outlining supporting arguments Strengthening and developing thesis statements Managing…

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Time to Put Together your College Applications

For high school seniors, this time of year is a mixed bag. On one hand, you’re in your last year of high school and are excited for the future. On the other, it’s time to put together your college applications. When it came time for me to apply to colleges, I felt pretty overwhelmed. This was the first time that I was applying for something so important, and hearing colleges constantly talked about by everyone…

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Help Motivate Students to Want to Write

Many students may be discouraged as beginning writers, which can prevent them from wanting to write. Their English classes may be more focused on persuasive and research essays, which can come off as very overwhelming at times. There are many different writing strategies and techniques that can help motivate students to want to write and excel at writing. The first step is to let them write about things that interest them during their free time.…

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College Planning Timelines

11th Grade: College Planning Timeline This is a key year in the college planning process because you’ll be taking standardized tests, narrowing down your college list, and learning more about financial aid. In addition, you’ll need to stay involved in your high school courses and activities. ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Fall Stay on track with your classes and grades. Meet with your counselor to see what you still need to take. Check on your class rank and your…

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