Mar 3, 2016
It may seem like an easy task to write a reaction paper when it is assigned. Now, after you have put it off until the last minute, you find out that even though it is based on your opinion, it is much harder to complete than you originally thought. A reaction paper is designed to express your response to a piece of writing. It is a tool for analyzing the piece. You will need to show your reactions to a certain article or book, the author’s focus, and how it was written.
When you have to go further than “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it”, the paper gets a bit more challenging. You need to expand on your ideas and create a paper that expresses the information in a logical and well-organized manner.
The American Psychological Association has developed a formatting style that is used in several fields of study. It can be rather complex and if you have ever been given or seen the guide, you have probably had to pick yourself off of the ground. It is a very particular format; however, the majority of it deals with the citation process. Most instructors will level down your grade for improper formatting and there is no point in losing points for that.
Here is how you can improve and get a good grade for your writing with these five easy tips.
Feb 26, 2016
A critical analysis paper is designed to examine a piece of work or article that has been written by someone else and the goal is to determine how effectively they present their point or argument. It is one of the most difficult pieces because many students don’t understand how to handle this type of assignment. However, by following this advice, you will be able to write your paper like a real critic.
- Read the Piece a Few Times
Read the text you need to write a critical analysis on a few times. While you are reading, be sure to try and answer several questions. You can make some notes on the answers to make sure that you can effectively analyze the piece.
– What is the artist arguing for or against? Analyze the writer’s thesis statement.
– Decide the context of the argument. Why is the author arguing for the point?
– Decide if they have provided a solution to the problem they are discussing. Is the solution plausible?
- Jot down the Supporting Evidence for the Main Points
Has the author utilized the information to support their main point or points?
- Determine the Author’s Appeal to the Reader
How does the author appeal to the reader to persuade them to believe in their point? Do they appeal to emotion (pathos)? How about to their logic or reason (logos)? Or their credibility (ethos)?
- Draw the Line
Do any questions arise when you are reading the piece or have all of the questions been effectively answered?
A literary response paper is designed to give your opinion on how a literary piece makes you feel or think. It is your opinion; however, it needs to be based on the facts. You will need to make sure that you really have some considerations about what you are writing. In order to master this essay style, you will need to choose a really good literary piece to produce a decent paper.
If you get to choose the topic, which most of the time you do, then you should check out one of these books:
Feb 18, 2016
There will be some times in your student life when you will have to deal with writing anxiety or writer’s block. It will stop you in your tracks. The words will escape your mind instead of rolling off of your tongue. It happens even to the best writers, so don’t think that you are doing something wrong. However, there are times when you can’t just hang it up for the night: you have to hit that deadline. So, when you hit that “brick wall”, here are some things that will break right through it, so that you can get back to the process.
An abstract can be seen as a condensed version of your paper. It highlights all of the most important points that are covered. It should also include the scope and content. Think of it as an abridged version of your dissertation. The reader should be able to just read the abstract and get all of the information that they need from it without having to read the entire paper.
If you are unsure how to write an abstract for your thesis or dissertation, we have compiled the best advice into one spot for you.
Check out these tips and you will master your abstract in no time:
Feb 12, 2016
A proposal abstract for your research proposal is designed to present an idea of what you will write your research project on. It gives a summary of the project when it has already been complete.
You will need to remember that when you are creating a research proposal abstract, also known as a prospectus, you will have to present your research project to an academic committee or supervisor.
Therefore, it will be vital that you are able to convince them that the project is worth researching. You have to make sure that it rocks, so that you can move on to actually writing the paper instead of spending half of your allotted time for the whole project just trying to get this approval.
Blogging has to be persuasive and informative, written with a rich and distinct voice. You can’t just pick a pen… err, get your hands on a keyboard….and start giving your thoughts words.
Blogging is fun and quite different to other forms of writing, including academic writing. However, it does not mean that essay writing has nothing in common with blogging. At the end of the day, it is all about putting your thoughts out there. Plus, there is a lot one can learn from blogging when it comes to essay writing.
Students who are struggling to find a way to express their ideas in essays can look to the numerous tricks bloggers use. A blog writer has to appeal and reach out to thousands of users. This isn’t as easy as it sounds – one has to come up with great ways to do just that. So without much ado, let’s have a look:
Essay Hooks: the Rubicon of Attention
An essay hook is the beginning part of your essay. It is usually comprised of one to two sentences. Consider it the Rubicon of the reader’s attention. Help them cross it by making your hook interesting.
Feb 11, 2016
A research paper statement is a short passage explaining what your paper is about. Take some time to write out a clear and accurate thesis statement because it will show how well you have understood your research goals and whether you were able to implement them accurately.
Characteristics of a Great Research Paper Statement
Usually included at the end of the first paragraph of a paper, the statement should:
- be very specific—Include exactly and only what you will discuss in the paper;
- hook the reader immediately;
- be revised as your work progresses;
- accurately reflect what kind of paper it represents (analytical, expository, argumentative or narrative);
- tell the reader how you plan to interpret the significance of your subject matter;
- serve as a road map for the rest of the paper;
- answer a specific question;
- include a claim that is open to dispute.
Setting out to write a critical book review is a daunting task. Something about the word ‘critical’ seems to conjure up scary visions of having to wade through huge tomes of literary theory that threaten to swallow your limited analyzing abilities as a student.
A review at the end of the day is supposed to be critical where you share your opinion on a specific topic and it tells the makers or readers your honest opinion on it. There are many reviewers out there, criticizing all kinds of books including fiction and essays, but not all these reviewers or their opinions are valued. At times, it is only because they’re lacking a proper outline and hence are not able to write their thoughts properly.
Why Have an Outline for a Critical Book Review?
Like any other assignment set by a systematically produced curriculum, a critical book review is also easy. You simply apply a systematic approach and break it into parts. You jot down the essential elements you need to include.