Archive for March, 2010
March 31st, 2010
What Sherlock Holmes Essays should (and should not) include
Sherlock Holmes is definitely one of the most popular book characters of all times. That is why most literatures teachers ask the students to write a Sherlock Holmes essay now and then. It falls into the category of literary essays. But maybe it won’t be enough for you to read just one book, since it is a character developed through a series of four novels and more than fifty short stories. That is why you have so much to say about him.
Besides, Sherlock Holmes has turned into an icon, not only in detective fiction but in popular culture as well. So maybe you think you know a lot about the character without even opening the book… but you may be wrong! Let’s take a look about what you should write about in Sherlock Holmes essays, and a little detail everyone should avoid mentioning.
March 30th, 2010
Your writing training shows when you write essays
All through your academic career, probably starting in school and most likely, later too, you will be required to write a lot. Writing is a significant part of many jobs. But that is nothing compared to what the students have to deal with. College is definitely a huge writing training. But, speaking of training, what if you feel writing is not your thing? Can you somehow get better at it? Can anyone teach you how to write?
The good news is, you are probably able to acquire writing skills by yourself. Writing training is something anyone can try. Here we provide you with some tips to improve your writing skills and make you feel much comfortable next time a teacher asks for an essay writing task.
March 29th, 2010
Why are school essays so important
Every now and then, a teacher asks you to hand in a school essay. You may think it is a pain in the neck, you don’t like to write and you don’t really think they are important at all… but you are mistaken. There are many things you can learn from writing school essays, as boring as they may sound they are a task which provides you with certain tools you will need to use all your academic life. So before starting to write on your next paper, keep reading this so you can realize why are essays significant for you as well as your teachers.
March 28th, 2010
Concluding essays is an art you can learn
Every student knows that an essay must be properly concluded. Concluding an essay is almost as important as writing all the previous part. Why is that? Because the essay conclusion is a summary of everything else written. It provides the reader with an open door for continuing the research; it basically synthesizes the whole essay.
You should also keep in mind that some teachers will only read that part of your assignment writing –we know it is sad, but it is the truth-. So you must never take the conclusion for granted. It is a fundamental part of the writing task and it should be prepared accordingly.
But, is it only one possible way of concluding essays? Not at all. There are different styles of essay and there are also many different possible ways of finishing them. The important thing is never forgetting to write a good conclusion.
March 27th, 2010
Planning essays is not as hard as it seems
When you are asked to write an essay –no matter if it is a 500, 1000 or 5000 words long-, the best you can do is to always start with a plan. Planning an essay makes things much easier. It gives you the chance to organize your time so you can meet your deadlines accordingly. It helps you distribute the information in a clear way. And it provides you with a true sense of safety, since you are already half way done even before writing the first paragraph of the paper. What are you waiting for preparing your first essay plan?
March 26th, 2010
How to write an outstanding music essay
Music is life. Music is an artistic combination of sounds which can transmit us feelings and thoughts. Ever since the man was man, we have been making music. No wonder we have a lot to say about it. However, if you were requested to write a music essay, you may feel like you don’t know where to begin. Don’t worry! Music essays can be fun and simple. Listen to your favourite musicians and bands as you try to find an inspiration, and then, let’s begin to write.
March 25th, 2010
Pretend to be a journalist in your film essay
There are many different essays a student may be required to write. If today you are working on a film essay, consider yourself lucky: this kind of essay is quite simple, doesn’t require to read a lot of books and can even be fun to prepare. Writing about a film is in some ways similar as writing a literary essay about a book. The difference is that it takes a couple of hours to see the film… and sometimes a couple of months to read the book!
Are you in search for ideas? Read in your local newspaper the latest film reviews. Journalists write film essays for a living –even if shorter and simpler than the one you need to write-. Pretend to be a journalist for a while. Forget that the teacher asked for this essay. Write it as if you were working for a school publishing or an important journal. You may even end up having some fun while working!
March 24th, 2010
Our day out essays put experience first
School trips and days out are experiences every student loves. By going on a day out, you don’t only get to learn, you also have fun and enjoy a pleasant time with your classmates. Everybody loves going out of school. But, why is it that every teacher requests an “our day out essay”? Are they just mean, trying to spoil the fun you had by giving you hard work to do? Not at all.
Of course, school trips are not holidays. School trips and days out are supposed to be meaningful learning experiences in which you do not only have fun but you also get to learn something new. Writing an essay about this experience is the best way of establishing the trip as a significant living and relating it with knowledge previously thought in school. So, that is why so many teachers request our day out essays. They are usually short, easy essays that won’t take you a lot of time… providing you can organize yourself properly, right? Visit our site to have a look at a good example of descriptive story
March 22nd, 2010
How can essay word counts be modified
Any student surely is familiarized with the feeling: you feel you have written the perfect essay, with quotations, references, plenty of examples and a full conclusion with many new ideas. But somehow, you check the essay word count in your textbook processor and you find out you have written only a small fraction of what you were supposed to write. Do you have to start all over? How important is the amount of words, really? If you have an important idea to express, does it matter if you say it with not too many words?
The opposite situation is also possible. You have spent thousands and thousands of hours in front of the computer, writing your essay. But suddenly you discover you wrote more than you were asked to. So, it doesn’t matter if the essay is great, it is just too long and you have to erase some parts of it. After all, too long essay word counts can be as bad as short ones. Or can’t they?
March 22nd, 2010
An essay is so important to academic work and they are the best way to communicate strong ideas. In an essay, one has to argue a point of view or expand upon a main idea. In doing so, the writer must focus on presenting new information or introducing old information in a new way to make a topic interesting and make the writer’s point of view persuasive. It is essential not to simply copy or restate the work of others, but instead use your own voice to discuss the topic. Essays should be strong and coherent (i.e., follow a topic), therefore they should follow proper style and format guidelines, which I will discuss below. Think of them as the best aspect of your thoughts and opinions- the kind others will be reading and using to gauge your abilities. If you can show that you know your topic or field and convey your thoughts clearly using the right style and formatting guidelines, then your work will influence other people.
Essays are a scholarly medium and must have format and style. No matter what style you use (MLA, APA, Chicago Manual, etc.) you have to follow it to the letter. Using the proper style ensures that other writers understand where you get your information and what a certain symbol means in your writing (e.g., *). For example, in Thailand linguists will often use a * to show incorrect grammar; whereas in the United States many people will use the same symbol to illustrate a sentence with correct grammar. It is important to know which style you are dealing with to make your meaning clear in your essay. You should consult with a professor or with your university’s website to find out what style you need to use. Typically, English majors will use MLA style, Psychology majors will use APA style, and Anthropology majors will use Chicago style. These are just some examples, but I’m sure you can find what you need through your university’s resources.
The next key issue with writing an essay is formatting. Formatting is a big part of what makes an essay an essay, so it is important to know the basics. Nowadays many essays are on the internet or in databases for permanent public access, so writers use conventions or rules to help each other understand their writings and quickly find information they need. If you read an essay that does not follow the basic formatting rules, then you will probably find yourself confused, bored, and unconvinced by the writer’s point of view. If you have to wait until the last paragraph to understand the “surprise” or “twist” of the essay, then you are going to pull their hair out. So, stick to the following formatting rules when writing an essay and you will be more successful.