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Benefits of Student Publications

I wouldn’t be a good editor and blogger today if I hadn’t been on the staffs of my high school news magazine or their literary and art publications. In the face of more rigorous graduation requirements and budget cuts, I’ve watched those publications struggle to survive. I don&rsq ...

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 ...

What to Expect from AP Language and AP Literature

You know these two Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college level and prepare you for taking the exams that determine whether you’ll get college credits for the coursework, but what does a day in the class look like? Classroom activities are similar despite AP Language’s focus on rhe ...

Top 10 Efficient Tools for Essay Writing

Exams are not the most challenging aspect of higher education. Students also have to think about attending classes and extracurricular activities, as well as writing a number of papers for several courses. Academic writing is an overwhelming challenge for most students. They often need to take a bo ...

The Health Benefits of Expressive Writing

As I write this, I might be improving my health. I know that expressive writing—creative writing and writing in my journal before bedtime—is good for my mental health, but I wondered if others benefit mentally or even physically from writing. I investigated this and learned people have ...

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 ...