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Writing a Strong Thesis Statement

Every argument has an opening line. Even in day-to-day life, debates and lively conversations are centered around a specific theme or topic. These central arguments are called thesis statements, and they make up the entire basis of an argument. How Does It Function? If a paper were a tree, the ...

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Argumentative vs. Persuasive Writing

Argumentative and persuasive writing may, at first glance, seem to be one and the same. After all, both are intended to sway the audience to one point of view, are they not? Although it may seem as though persuasive writing is merely a synonym for argumentative writing, these formats actually dif...

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Engaging with a Text

Reading can be a fantastic way to escape from reality. Getting lost in a text can distract you from whatever reality surrounds you. This is great, except when you’re taking an exam or completing an assignment and have to read passages to answer specific questions. That’s no time to let your mind ...

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Determining the Author’s Purpose

When trying to determine an author’s purpose in writing, there is one question that must be asked as you read: “Why?” Although there are additional methods to determine an author’s purpose—all of which we’ll discuss here—“why” is the most pressing question you need to answer. Put another way, the...

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Reading Strategies for a Timed Exam

On your mark, get set…go! Sometimes sitting down to a timed exam can feel like a sprint. You can almost see the seconds tick, tick, ticking away as you rush through the questions in a quest to finish before time is up. And we understand—time is a big stressor! But, believe it or not, sometimes it...

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Writing a Strong Thesis Statement

Every argument has an opening line. Even in day-to-day life, debates an…

Argumentative vs. Persuasive Writing

Argumentative and persuasive writing may, at first glance, seem to be o…

Engaging with a Text

Reading can be a fantastic way to escape from reality. Getting lost in …