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Five Steps to Transition from High School to College Writing

By Jordan Dynes Imagine this: it’s your first day of college. You’re enjoying yourself and making tons of new friends. Then, on the very first day, your professor assigns an essay. You don’t sweat it because you aced all of … Continue reading

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Moving Away from the Five Paragraph Formula through Expansion

By Scout Garrison If you went to high school, chances are you’ve written five paragraph essays, especially if you participated in any sort of AP course. Many of us simply adopted this format of writing for convenience. If we followed … Continue reading

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Crafting Topic Sentences

By Moryah Hennessy After the introduction of the paper, we encounter the dreaded first body paragraph and face the “how do I start” dilemma. You may ask yourself how to begin. Fret not, the topic sentence has come to the rescue. A … Continue reading

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Switching from Scientific Writing to Writing in the Humanities

By: Madison Bosque One of the most difficult things I’ve encountered as a student and writer is transitioning from scientific papers, which make up the majority of my academic writing, to humanities papers, which are sprinkled into my coursework every … Continue reading

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The Differences Between an Exploratory and Argumentative Research Paper

By: Colin deSousa Throughout your college career, especially if your major resides in either the humanities or other social sciences, you’ll be tasked with writing a research paper. At this point, unbeknownst to you, you’ve reached a fork in the … Continue reading

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Can You Claim You Can Write a Claim?

By: Jerson Valdez Many students know what a thesis is and how to make one, but how many students are familiar with supporting claims? What is a claim? How do you develop a great claim? How do you incorporate one … Continue reading

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Decoding the Core Humanities Prompt

By Erin Beatie Before you can start any essay, you have to understand what the prompt or assignment is asking you to do. This can be particularly tricky for Core Humanities 201, 202, and 203 as they often involve more … Continue reading

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Prewriting for Literary Analyses

By: Edwin Tran Imagine that moment where your professor asks you a simple, dreaded question: “What is the theme, or message, of this piece?” Required to provide evidence to substantiate your point, suddenly your weekend dream of ease and laziness transforms … Continue reading

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Redefining Arguments in Writing

By: Stewart Matzek Each time I ask students what they think the word “argument” means, I receive the same sorts of definitions: “It’s a debate!” “It’s a heated conflict between people!” “It’s when you have a disagreement!” These definitions aren’t … Continue reading

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Writing Theses: A Consultant’s Perspective

By:  Lindsy Sullivan Developing a thesis can be tricky, and sometimes it can be the hardest part of writing a paper. During my time as a writing consultant, I’ve realized that not every trick works for every student; everyone learns … Continue reading

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