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How to Write an Essay in Ten Steps


Never been taught how to write an essay? You're not alone. You've probably been told that essays need to be clear, well-evidenced and well-argued, but those things describe the final product. What steps do you need to do along the way? Where should you start? Many final year students say that no one has ever explained this to them. So, we've put together some step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process of planning and writing a good essay.

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How to Write an Introduction for an Essay


Introductions are notoriously difficult to write - but they shouldn't be! As the first paragraph in your essay, the introduction is usually what makes the strongest first impression on your reader. And yet so many people struggle to write a good one. (Since the beginning of time, students have been writing terrible introductions...) We've put together a rundown of what your introduction should include and a simple step-by-step guide for how to write it.

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The Twenty Most Common Mistakes that Students Make with Essay Writing


A rundown of the top twenty things to avoid at all costs when putting together your essay! We surveyed professors and course instructors to find out what the most common student errors are in essay writing. These are the things that came up over and over again. Have a look through and make sure you're not making one of these common mistakes.

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How to Give Good Class Presentations


Class presentations are most students' worst nightmare, but professors love to include them on the syllabus. Don't let this discourage you from taking an interesting class. Here's our guide to giving a strong and stress-free presentation in your university class!

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How to Write an Exposition for an Essay


When you're analyzing a text, a clear and fair exposition is essential. If you haven’t properly represented the view you are analyzing, this can derail your whole paper. Here's our guide for how to write expositions for academic essays.

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ESL: Resources For Learning English


Our TOEFL tutors recommend that students draw on a range of resources to support their English Language learning. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites here. Whether you’re preparing for a TOEFL or IELTS test, or just working on your fluency, these resources will help you improve your listening, writing, reading and speaking!

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How to Write a Critical Argument or Analysis


A guide to writing critical analysis for academic essays

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Tips for Editing Your Essay


Editing is an essential step in the essay writing process. Poorly edited work is hard to read and can affect how charitable your grader is. Unfortuantely, editing is often the step that a lot of people skip: when writing close to the deadline, final checks go out the window! Here's a list of different tips and techiniques for editing your essay - no matter how rushed you are.

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How to do the References and Bibliography for an Essay


Our guide for how to reference your essay using APA, MLA, or Chicago. And check out these time-saving resources to make the job even easier!

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How to Work Out Your Thesis Statement


Aguably, working out your thesis statement is the hardest part of planning your essay. Everything else you write - even your exposition - should be influenced by this important step. Here's our guide to what makes for a good thesis statement and how to work yours out.

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Tried and Tested, Evidence-Based Advice for How to Study Better


Since all our tutors have PhDs, they've spent a lot of time in education - usually, over ten years! They're experts on good study habits and prepping for exam success. Drawing on this experience and on scientific evidence, we've put together a list of twenty things you can start doing right away to improve your learning experience.

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TOEFL: Tips for the Listening Section


TOEFL tutors give their tips for the listening section of the TOEFL test.

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TOEFL: Tips for the Reading Section


TOEFL tutors give their tips for the reading section of the TOEFL test.

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TOEFL: Tips for the Speaking Section


TOEFL tutors give their tips for the speaking section of the TOEFL test.

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TOEFL: Tips for the Writing Section


TOEFL tutors give their tips for the writing section of the TOEFL test.

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