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School Hacks For Essays And Home Work!

posted in Family & Kids > Education
03/06/2017
  • ESSAYS: Essays can be daunting, especially if you have to write multiple pages on a seemingly simple topic. Here are some tips on how to write an essay that will WOW your teacher or professor.

  • Get some index cards: Start by taking out as many index cards as you need paragraphs. Keep in mind one paragraph is about 100-200 words, and can take up about 1/3 - 1/2 of the page. For example, if you had to write a 3 page paper you would need 800-1000 words, or 6-8 paragraphs, depending on how many subtopics you need to cover.

  • Label your index cards: Start by taking two and labeling them "Intro (Thesis)" and "conclusion" then set them aside for later. Label the rest "Body 1," "Body 2," etc.

  • Outline your paper: Decide what your thesis statement will be. Remember your thesis is your overall argument, and what your paper is basically about. For instance, if I was writing a paper about giant pandas, my thesis would look something like:
    Giant pandas are more than just an endangered species; they are an important part of the ecosystem, they help regulate the growth of bamboo, and help balance carbon emmisions.
    (Disclaimer: this thesis statement is not based on any evidence, and is only intended to be an example)

  • Take apart your thesis: Use each topic you chose for your thesis as a topic for each of your body paragraphs. Rephrase them and write them down as the first sentence of each paragraph. 

  • Use evidence: show that you know what you are doing by stating facts from reliable sources, and quoting reasearch. Don't forget to frame quotations so that they flow with the rest of your paper. So you would write:
    The rainbow association has done research on the formation of rainbows; Dr. Joe Roberts states that "rainbows form as a result of an excess of water in the atmosphere that reflects sunlight" (Roberts 1).
    Don't forget to cite your sources, and quote your source exactly. 

  • Explain your evidence: Explain the evidence you cited and detail how it supports your thesis. Fill the remainder of the paragraph by explaining and relating back to your original argument.

  • Now it's time to start your paper: by now your paper should be almost done, however, it is still raw evidence and analysis. Your introduction should clothe your paper and introduce the reader to your argument. Start by summarizing your topic; tell about how it is relevent, and why the reader should be interested. Once you have introduced your paper, finish your introduction with your thesis, or argument.

  • Finish your story: Conclude your paper by wrapping up your argument. Rephrase and restate your thesis, and continue the summary or discussion you used in your introduction. Your final statements should relate all of the information to your introduction in a short and simple way.

  • Don't forget to cite your sources: look up how to cite each source you use. For example, in MLA format, most citations look like:
    Authour Last, First. Book Title or "Essay or Article Title". Publisher. Name of website if online. Publication date. Medium ex. Web, Image, Digital Image, Print. Date accessed.
    Don't forget a hanging indention, and to check your citation, if you don't get your source when you search your citation, you likely cited it wrong.

  • Review your paper: once you type out your essay, read through it out loud a few times and check for spelling and grammar errors. Have someone else read it, then get ready to turn it in for an A+

  • In an essay, avoid using "I", "you", "In my opinion", or "I think" unless the prompt directs you to use your opinion, or to adress the reader directly.

  • I use this process for all of my essays and have never earned anything less than an A. Happy writing! And here are some more school tips to help you get through the year!

  • If your proffessor or teacher accepts sources that are only .edu or .gov, when looking for evidence on google search "site:.edu" or "site:.gov" and your topic, it will narrow your results and give you more reliable sources.

  • You can solve almost any math problem online by searching for the type of problem and adding "calculater online" for example "matrix calculator online" or "zero calculator online" 

  • If you have a study guide for a test, type one of the questions into google to see if it shows up on quizlet. Quizlet allows you to study the questions and answers and makes flash cards to help you study.

  • I hope this helps!!!

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