Writing a cover letter that stands out can be the difference between attaining the job of your dreams and not being considered at all. A competitive listing may receive hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants which means that the statistical chance of them choosing you is relatively small. Although a well written cover letter is not sufficient to guarantee that you get the job you desire, it is almost always a necessary component.Read More
The IMRAD format is a very useful model to use when you are conducting research. It allows you to organize your research paper in a way which is consistent with standardized formats for papers. In short, the model stands for: Introduction – Method – Results – And – DiscussionRead More
Technology has vastly changed the educational landscape in recent decades. The introduction to the classroom of tablets, easy internet access, and learning management systems (LMS) has altered the way teachers present new material and students process it. Nevertheless, some things about formal schooling show no signs of changing anytime in the next couple generations. Children will always have to read and write. They will always be taught certain basics in math and history. And, at least based on how things currently stand, they will always have to write the expository essay.
The expository essay is both loved and hated by those in the education world. Some claim that it instructs children in the fundamentals of writing, instilling in them the central abilities to analyze, interpret, and tie everything together. Others deride expository essays as limiting and formulaic, arguing that it restricts a child’s writing ability and breeds generations of youngster’s who have no love for the art.
Regardless of your opinion, it’s hard to say that the expository essay is not conquerable. By being aware of its structure and following a few key steps, there’s really no reason why you can’t excel on your expository assignment – whether you love it or hate it. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
The Thesis is Everything
The most important part of writing a successful expository essay is coming up with a strong and clear thesis statement. The thesis must be arguable, you must be able to support it with evidence, and that evidence must be able to be broken down into body paragraphs. Ultimately, every element of the essay revolves around the thesis: the introduction builds to it, the body paragraphs aggregately support it, and the conclusion considers its implications.
Build Body Paragraphs Around Your Evidence
Whether your essay discusses a work of literature or a political controversy, you’re going to want to break it down into pieces of evidence in order to support your argument and fit the expository context. When planning a body paragraph, make sure to build it around that paragraph’s key piece of evidence. Then, set-up the evidence with a sentence beforehand and explain it with a sentence or two afterwards. Then, once the evidence is in the paragraph and enclosed by your analysis, add a topic and concluding sentence that best connect the evidence to your surrounding paragraphs and to the thesis.
Separate Yourself From the Rest
In the likely case that you’re writing this expository essay for a class, there’s a good chance that you’ll come up with a solid thesis and decent supporting paragraphs and a perfectly acceptable conclusion – just like many of your classmates. To truly separate yourself from the rest, look to make your transitions as smooth as possible and your conclusion as strong and far-reaching as you can. Organize your paragraphs in a way that naturally lead to seamless transitions for example, and don’t be afraid to discuss larger implications of your argument at the end of your conclusion. It is also helpful to have a wide repertoire of transitions from which to pull. If done right, your essay will be greatly strengthened as a result.
There are many other methods and means of improving your skills as an expository writer. Although a sometimes boring and formulaic essay approach, the expository assignment certainly forces you to think about structure. In any piece of writing, it’s undeniably an important component to consider.
As most of you around here already know, I am not the best
speler speller there is. Despite this great shortcoming of mine, I still agree that knowing how to spell properly is a knowledge we all should posses. Here is a few points on correct spelling…
I know, I am the
least last person on earth to tell people how to spell. Hence, this post is not written by me. I found this article on yourdictionary and I wanted to share it with you. The author (Dr. Language) gives a (sometimes) funny description to each misspelling. quote:
:: acceptable: Several words made the list because of the suffix pronounced -êbl but sometimes spelled -ible, sometimes -able. Just remember to accept any table offered to you and you will spell this word OK.
I’ve written on writers block a lot lately but thats only because I think the matter needs attention. So what are the six words that eliminate writers block almost instantly? First of all, let me introduce the man who came up with this neat little formula…
His name is Rudyard Kipling, and he is regarded as one of the main innovators in the art of the short story. He wrote this powerful, yet concise poem describing the 6 amazing words: Read More
What I am about to reveal to you is so chocking it could give your first grade English teacher a heart attack! 🙂 Here it goes: You should always forget about grammar when starting a novel/essay and just focus on writing. Write with passion, write with insight, write as if your life depended on it! Read More
The word abbreviation comes from the Latin word brevis which means short. An abbreviation is basically when you make a long word shorter (instead of “Human immunodeficiency virus” we simply say “HIV” etc) so is there an efficient way to abbreviate words in general? Read More
Do you find it hard sometimes to write the first paragraph of an article (or any other kind of writing)? If yes, do not despair, many people suffer from the same problem (including me) but there is a remedy! Here are 3 effective ways to start off any type writing:
I talked about this issue in my 10 Days – Become A Better Writer Series but I thought I would mention a cool tip I heard from a copywriter a few days ago. What’s really stopping you from writing is the movement it self and not the lack of ideas. Read More