How to write a kickass essay with ½ the stress
A kickass ppt by wittacism
Find out what your teacher wants
- get the assignment prompt and break it down into its individual parts
- this becomes your skeleton for your essay
Don’t start with the introduction paragraph
- seriously this is a great way of stumping yourself ten minutes into the writing process
- you’re trying to write an intro for a paper that doesn’t exist yet???
- start with the first body paragraph
Your awesome body paragraphs
- the cool thing about the essay is that you pretty much get to tell people what to think
- don’t hold back
- your name is already on the top of the page
- so whatever you say
- try to really mean it
- the conclusion is like the end of a 30 second commercial where they hold the product up at the end just in case you forgot you were watching a Hot Pockets commercial
- hold up all your arguments for the audience one more time
- just in case they forgot what they just read
- now that you have some kickass body paragraphs and a conclusion, rewrite your conclusion in introduce your topic
- notice how its 300x easier to introduce something AFTER you’ve written it
- slap a badass thesis statement on the end of your intro
Badass thesis statements
- remember that skeleton we made in slide 2?
- get it back out
- make a single sentence that talks about all those points
- it’s totally cool to write a sentence that says, “In this essay, I argue that…”
- then just list those things
- quotes are a great way to make yourself look credible and to add length to your paper
- lets be honest, no one actually wants to write 2,000 words
- you need to talk before and after a quote
- tell people who you’re quoting
- tell people why they should care
- fun fact: Microsoft Word’s citation maker is literally the scum of the earth
- never ever use it
- use citationmachine.net instead
- or make your own
- (it takes about the same amount of time with a lil’ practice)
- go get yourself a milkshake
- because you have a rough draft, my friend
- be proud of yourself
(Note: all text copied word-for-word, with errors intact.)
It’s essay writing season for tons of students!
After being a college writing tutor for over a year, I thought I would share my advice with all you awesome people on tumblr. This is how I write essays, but if you’ve got more tips, feel free to add them below.
Happy writing. You can do it!
This is actually brilliant.
By now, you’ve probably already realized that Tumblr is a surprisingly great studying resource. Study-themed Tumblr accounts–or, to use their given soothing-sounding portmanteau, “studyblrs“–are all over the site, and they are all rife with legitimately helpful study tips, organizing techniques, and tricks for raising your grade a few points. And one of the most prevalent studyblr genres? Ones that teach you how to write papers.
This is good, because if your schooling experience is in any way similar to the way mine was, you totally forget how to write a good paper the second your last one gets turned in. And, given that you’re fresh off of winter break and working up to your first essay of the semester, you probably need a few reminders on how to actually write a paper that won’t make your teacher assume that you’re illiterate. (Or, uh, more than a few tips.) So, check out these excellent essay-writing tips from Tumblr that will help you get the inspiration you need for your next paper:
1. Just do this:
JK! Don’t do that.
2. Instead, make sure you plan out the paper ahead of time:
3. Gather all your materials together and create a soothing environment to write in:
4. Write out each step so you don’t feel overwhelmed later:
5. It’s particularly helpful if you do this by hand:
6. If you’re studying for the SAT, try and do as many hand-written practice tests as possible, since you’ll be writing by hand for that exam:
7. Follow this checklist:
8. And make sure that your paper fulfills these components:
9. Write out all of your quotes and the purpose you would like them to serve so you don’t have to search for them when you write the paper:
10. Use transition words that your teachers will love:
11. As well as fancy words that won’t make your teacher think you’re trying to be better than them:
12. Learn how to turn facts into a compelling argument:
13. Use websites that’ll help you strengthen your essay without plagiarism:
14. First impressions matter–read this guide to writing a good introduction for your paper:
15. And know key terms on how to do so:
16. Most important? Proofread everything:
17. Seriously–your teacher will thank you (and your grade will reflect it):
Do you have trouble writing school papers? Are you going to follow these tips? Let us know in the comments!
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