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How to Paraphrase a Difficult Text

Paraphrasing is essential when using sources in writing, but it’s challenging when a source uses difficult language. You can still use the source. However, you need to break down the steps for writing an effective paraphrase. The four steps are to look up difficult words, rewrite the passage ...

Introducing ESL Students to Reading Passages

As English as a second language (ESL) students build their language skills, the day will come when they’re ready, with guidance, to read passages of a few paragraphs. Guidance is important because it will maximize students’ success and prevent the frustration that comes from having a bo ...

Understanding and Avoiding Logical Fallacies in Writing

You don’t have to be as obsessed with logic as Mr. Spock is, but you should know enough about flawed logic to be able to avoid it in writing. Writers make points in various ways, some of which are better than others. Here’s an explanation of the following fallacies to avoid: strawman, f ...

Understanding and Writing Analysis Papers

A common but often perplexing assignment is an analysis paper. In general, an analysis breaks something into parts. For example, a process analysis is another name for a how-to paper. That specific assignment breaks down the steps in doing something. Being able to see how parts make a whole concept ...

How to Use Journal Articles in Writing

Citing information from journal articles adds authority to writing assignments, but without knowing how to read these sources, you’ll struggle to use them. Some students, unfamiliar with journal articles’ organization, glance through them, feel bogged down by the citations and numbers, ...

Preparing for a GCSE English Exam

In order to obtain a GCSE qualification, all students need to pass two vital subjects: Mathematics and English. Students find it hard to pass the English examination as it requires a good command over the English language which can only be acquired by a lot of reading and writing. Here we have prov ...