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Type of Essays

Narrative Essay Guide

Of all the types of essays, the narrative essay is the one that comes most naturally to most people. A narrative is just a story, and we all have plenty of experience at telling stories. Whether you have actually studied story construction or not, you already know the essential elements from experience. A good story…

Expository Essay Guide

Example: “Write an essay explaining how email has changed the lives of students.” As always, a close look at the instruction is essential. Here, there is nothing in the writing prompt that indicates that any kind of argument or opinion is needed. The instruction is simply to “explain.” The goal here is provide information in…

Descriptive Essay Guide

The goal in a descriptive essay is to describe an object, person, place, thing, moment, experience, emotion, event, or situation. Descriptive essays are often subjective, creative, and personal. The goal is to evoke the senses and effectively depict an image that is vivid and moving in the mind of the reader. As such, it allows…

The Ultimate How To's

How to Edit an Essay

Editing your essay before you submit it could mean the difference between a good grade and a great…

How to Revise an Essay

The revision process is about confirming that your essay works on the highest level. It’s about stepping back…

How to Outline and Structure an Essay

The best essays are driven by a clear sense of direction, with a handful of ideas presented with…

How To Write a Persuasive Essay

In persuasive or argumentative writing, we try to convince others to agree with our facts, accept our argument…

Tips and Tricks

Revisions, Editing, and Proofreading

No matter how much time, energy, and effort you spend planning and writing an essay, a first draft always has room for improvement. At the very least, there will be small mistakes to correct, and at most, there could be significant – but fixable – problems. Revising, editing, and proofreading are all extremely valuable steps.…

Tips for Successful Proofreading

Proofreading is about searching your writing for spelling, grammatical and typographical errors. This is spit and polish time, when you comb through the whole thing with methodical care and extreme attention to detail. “Comb through the whole thing with methodical care and extreme attention to detail.” It can be a real challenge to take the…