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Thu 19th Jan 2017 // Started working on these essays again at 7.30am this morning, despite how much I wanted to go back to bed. I’m really glad I did, though, as I’m insanely productive when working between 7am and 10am. I ended up heading into campus around 9am so I could print and edit my drafts before re-drafting and submitting. Coursework for Autumn semester is now complete! On to revising for my Latin exam on Tuesday. :) 

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Summary:  After discovering the wonders of Ladynoir fanfiction, Adrien sets out to start his own with his classmate Marinette helping him along the way. But when does fiction start becoming reality?

This story is also beta’d by the wonderful @serendipitousReckonings here on archive, @dickerdoodlez on tumblr.

Chapter 1

Adrien was never the writing type. He did write well - written papers and essays – at least according to his teachers – and was even occasionally asked by a few of his classmates for some writing tips. But, it was for educational purposes only. He‘d never had any sort of passion to write an actual story and he never thought of himself as the imaginative kind anyway. His mind was almost always focused on school, his responsibilities set by his father, and his masked identity. He never really had that luxury of being able to think about anything else. Well, except for his Lady, but that was something entirely different.

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how to write a research paper with 0 stress

Papers where you have to have citations are the worst, but if you have to do them here’s a tip from me because I’ve been writing them the same way for a year and it’s way easier.

1) figure out what you want to “prove” with your paper. basically your thesis statement, but you don’t need to write it out as such yet

2) figure out the different ways in which you’re going to prove it. these are your topic sentences, but again, you don’t need to write them out yet

3) gather your sources that you will cite. find any relevant citations and write them out in proper citation format (MLA, APA, etc). 

4) organize your citations into categories based on your topic sentences. this cite proves my point in this way, and this other one proves it in this way.

5) type your paragraphs around the citations. have them in the same place and figure out how to connect them, and there’s your paper

doing it this way, I can write a 7 page research paper in about 2 hours total. seeing all your proof and writing about why it proves what you want to prove is WAY easier than writing why something might prove your point and then finding out that it actually doesn’t

writing an essay in college is very different from writing an essay in high school. personally, i write more research/history papers than literary essays (the liberal arts life and curse), so this is going to be a post on how a general research-y essay that has a thesis and arguments. 

intro

  • don’t open with a quote and don’t be overly broad. 
  • avoid generalizations 
  • your intro should address the topic of your essay (ex. the significance of gardens in renaissance society), and then narrow down to what you want to talk about in regards to your topic (ex. the political influence of the Medici gardens during the renaissance)
  • thesis! it should include the argument you want to make about the narrowed down topic, and three (or however many your class requires) reasons to support it. I like to think of it as W = X + Y + Z. 
  • your thesis explains who, what and why in a concise manner. 

body

  • topic sentences should not be a word for word copy of your thesis.
  • the order of arguments in your thesis is the order of your paragraphs 
  • depending on the length of your essay, there should be at least two justifications to your argument. 
  • so, just as the intro has a formula, X = A + B, and so forth. 
  • A and B should be backed up with some sources/quotes. don’t forget that if you are quoting from class notes to put either the prof’s last name, or (class notes)
  • be sure to have clear and concise arguments, don’t be flowery
  • USE WORDS THAT ARE ACCURATE. thesaurus is great but if you use a word that sounds cool but doesn’t capture the meaning you want to convey then don’t use it, because it may just change the meaning of your argument
  • quote whatever isn’t yours. it is completely fine if 90% of your sentences are quotes. its weird to get used to, but don’t worry about it. 

conclusion

  • the worst part in my opinion. 
  • synthesize don’t summarize. show how your arguments relate back to the thesis.
  • try not to copy paste your thesis into the conclusion, word it so that the readers understands that through XYZ, you were able to conclude and support argument W (referring back to the thesis formula)
  • do not add any new information, do not add quotes. 
  • your final sentence should tie up the essay in a pretty bow, but try to avoid clichés 

protips

  • when writing the body paragraphs, your ‘weakest’ paragraph should be in the middle, strongest as your last, and the second best as your first.
  • if you’re stumped on the intro, skip it. write out the body first, then the intro and you’ll be able to concisely word your thesis
  • think of your essay as an infomercial. your intro is the loud and clear HERES MY PRODUCT, the body is blasting information on why the product is so cool, and the conclusion is the final push for the viewer to buy that product. make your teacher want to agree with your thesis! 
  • use a mix of paraphrase and quotes!
  • don’t forget your works cited lmao (the MLA Handbook is a gr8 tool, also OWL Purdue)
  • prime time for essay writing is in the morning or at night, but make sure you edit it meticulously 
  • EDIT ON PAPER NOT ON YOUR SCREEN

stay humble, study hard 

  • you guys: if hamilton can write 51 of the federalist papers, you can write your essay!!
  • me: yeah...good for him...i'm planning on making it past my forties lmao
ATTENTION TO STUDENTS WRITING ESSAYS

When it is time to review it, use:

GRAMMARLY - free version does the basics of punctuation and spell check

SLICK WRITE- completely FREE, tells what sentence structure you have, if it flows, repeated words, cliches etc….

&

EASYBIB For Citations - type what you know, copy, paste, done

Got an Essay to Write?

Here’s how to use up space when you are just absolutely done with life

-make all periods a font size or two up from the one you’ve been directed to use

-put two spaces after every period

-WATCH YO COMMAS you’re prob missing fifty of them

-2.15 space it

-MLA format the header

-use “such as” instead of “like”

-use “therefore” or “as a result of” instead of “so”

-add a space after every indent

-make the margins on your paper a TINY bit bigger

-get rid of all contractions

-see that word that’s so close to being on the next line? put it on the next line

*keep in mind that one or two of these may conflict with the essay’s instructions

*don’t forget to take a break and breathe some non-recycled air and close your eyes and love yoself <3

this has gotten me through several papers so i hope this helps. reblog this please, save a grade and some sanity