How to Write a Thesis Statement That Your Professor Will Love

If you’re wondering how to write a thesis statement without getting into a complete muddle, check out our incredibly simple approach to crafting an amazing thesis statement. Simply fill in the blanks and you’re done. When it comes to perfecting the dark art of thesis statements, there’s good news and bad news: The bad news: …

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A Quick and Easy Guide to the MLA Works Cited Page in Academic Documents

Today we’re taking a look at the MLA works cited page and reviewing the style guidelines for formatting references in the bibliography. First off, here’s a general overview of some of the information that should be contained within your works cited page when editing academic documents and how the references should be formatted. References should appear …

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Splendidly Smug Cover Letter That May Not Bode Well for Your Job Prospects

This totally outlandish cover letter is actually quite inspiring. On face value, it actually checks all the boxes: grabs attention (check), focuses on why the candidate is different (double check) and avoids cliché phrases that have no real substance (mega-check). However, it’s safe to say that this type of letter isn’t going to get you …

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What Not to Write on a Resume: 8 Statements You Should Avoid

What not to write on a resumeUnderstanding what not to write on a resume requires analyzing if what you are saying actually makes sense. The majority of people write resumes that are full of stock phrases and high-level claims that mean absolutely nothing to the average recruiter. If you want your resume to be read and, more importantly, you’re looking for an interview, you need to make sure that it stands out from the rest and steers clearly away from empty clichés and meaningless jargon. It does happen: take a look at these funny cover letters.

Here’s my take on what not to write on a resume:

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[Infographic] Help For Writer’s Block: 7 Tips to Boost Your Creativity

Student suffering from writers blockDo you need help for Writer’s Block?

Writer’s block is inevitable; it can happen at any point and, when it does, it’s a pretty serious problem.

There comes a time in every writer’s life when the creativity, desire, and motivation to produce an amazing piece of literature just stops dead. You know you need to keep on writing: you have a deadline to meet, your readers are waiting to read your next installment or you know Google will be shortly de-ranking your site for infrequent content. But sitting there at your desk surrounded by empty coffee cups, a few scribbled notes and a snoring dog (that may just be me), you feel about as inspired as a soggy dishrag—and potentially just as worn out and smelly.

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When to Use a Semi-Colon

Punctuation marks semi colonKnowing when to use a semi-colon is something that does not come easily to many writers, and many people are confused as to when a comma or colon should be used in favor of a semi-colon, and vice versa. However, it really is worth taking the time to learn about this punctuation mark and when it should be used, as the correct use of it in your writing can really make a difference to the power of your communication. There are basically three situations in which you should use a semi-colon:

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Em Dash vs. En Dash: A Quick and Simple Guide

Picture of the en dash and the em dash

In the battle of the em dash vs. the en dash it is critical that writers are aware of the major differences between the two punctuation marks and that they ensure they use them correctly and in the appropriate format in their written documents. Otherwise, you may find yourself guilty of making funny punctuation mistakes.

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5 Things Angry Birds can Teach You About Writing English Well

writing english well with angry birdsUnless you’ve been lost on a desert island somewhere for the last 12 months, you can’t fail to have heard about Angry Birds, an animated game about disgruntled birds retaliating against malevolent egg-stealing pigs.

On face value, Angry Birds may seem like a complete and utter waste of time, albeit a fun one. However, if you pay close attention, you may find that you can actually learn something as you furiously battle to gain custody of those eggs.

After a great deal of research and analysis (i.e., hours spent playing every single version of Angry Birds that Rovio have to offer), I realized that these pig-bludgeoning birds and evil little livestock can actually teach us a great deal about writing English well.

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When to Use Exclamation Marks

When to use Exclamation MarksIt isn’t easy to grasp the concept of when to use exclamation marks, especially in today’s world where they seem to be more common than Charlie Sheen’s trips to his local liquor store.

Some people think that they add flare and expression to writing, while others detest them, claiming that exclamation marks serve no real purpose and should be eradicated from English punctuation for good.

Here’s our view on the exclamation mark and when it should, and should not, be used.

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