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Classic figures (or "archetypes") from society are an excellent tool to use in the development of a thesis statement and the opening paragraph (or second paragraph) of a paper. The use of a historical, literary, or social "archetype" can provide the writer with a reference that supports and endorses the main idea (thesis), and may serve to enhance the significance of the... read more

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"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" is the first line of a famous and often-quoted speech by Mark Antony in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. From my view as a college instructor and sales and marketing rep...some students would rather glue themselves and their chair to the floor before they would come up to the front of the class to speak about an assignment,... read more

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What's on your mind to develop an idea for that assignment? "Who, What, When, Where, and How." These are the basics for writing school papers--and they work very easily in planning a thesis too. They are the backbone of good journalism too. They help students prepare notes for public speaking, they are useful for research, and they keep you focused. "Who" is anyone... read more

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I learned this in college: use shortcuts in gathering notes during class. If I knew my instructor would say key phrases or words, I would use abbreviations accordingly, but be sure I knew what they meant by making a code system in the margin or on top of the note paper. I also used symbols to replace words: an = sign meant "as a result" or some other form of cause-and-effect idea... read more