Writing Lessons & Help
Trying to write a paper for school and have no idea where to begin? You've come to the right place! Here, we're offering writing tips as well as resources to help you structure your writing, refine brainstorming, and avoid plagiarism! After you have an idea, you can get started by creating an outline of all your ideas. Then, you can begin writing your essay. When you've finished, be sure you've cited your sources. Does your teacher want you to use MLA format? No worries, we can help! Still having trouble pulling it all together? Contact one of our writing tutors now!
Every great essay starts with a great outline. An outline will help you organize your thoughts into a cohesive argument. An outline is like a road map for an academic paper. Read this lesson for tips on how to write an outline!
After you have your outline complete, you're ready to write an essay. Keep in mind that the most important part of an essay is your purpose for writing. As often as you can, you should feel passionate about your writing. Even if it's just a school essay, try to get excited about it. You'll write more effectively that way! Read this lesson for other tips to keep in mind while writing.
The most common type of essay in high school and some colleges is the five paragraph essay. The basic structure is as follows: one introductory paragraph with a three-part thesis, three body paragraphs (each addressing part of the thesis), and one conclusion paragraph that sums up what you've said and says one additional interesting thing about your topic. Read this lesson for extra tips on writing a great five-paragraph essay!
Very simply put, plagiarism is the act of taking someone else's idea(s) and citing them as your own. Plagiarism is a huge offense and should be avoided at all costs. Some schools will expel you for plagiarizing material! Read this lesson for more specifics as to what "counts" as plagiarism, and how to cite sources without plagiarizing.
Because plagiarism is such a huge offense, you will have to take extra measures to ensure that you are not plagiarizing someone else's work. Read this lesson for tips on how to cite sources in various ways.
While there are many different ways to cite sources, one of the most commonly used style guides is MLA. In this lesson, you'll find a brief overview of how to cite commonly used sources in MLA format.