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Why Is College Writing So Much Harder Than High School?

Why Is College Writing So Much Harder Than High School?

Struggling with your college assignments? Learn the truth about college writing skills, and the changes you'll need to make to succeed, in this article by NJ teacher Matthew H...   In another post, I had discussed the relationship between academic and creative writing. Bottom line: no difference. Good writing is good writing. So why is it that most university level expository writing (and similarly titled courses) demand so much more than even AP level high school English classes? … Read More

Why Is College Writing So Much Harder Than High School?
Struggling with your college assignments? Learn the truth about college writing skills, and the changes you'll need to make to succeed, in this article by NJ teacher Matthew H...   In another post, I had discussed the relationship between academic and creative writing. Bottom line: no difference. Good writing is good writing. So why is it that most university level expository writing (and similarly titled courses) demand so much more than even AP level high school English classes?
How to Write With Humor: Finding Your Voice
A writer's voice is what attracts readers to stay on the page, finish the piece, and return for more. Voice makes writing uniquely the author's, and it can sink the poem, feature story, or op-ed piece for one reader and elevate it for another. As you're learning how to write with humor, keep the following things in mind! Humor is Important to Voice Humor can be a great part of voice. In fact, some would argue that it is a necessary part. Humor helps the reader: remember key points want
How to Survive (and Thrive) as an Introvert Learning a Language
Are extroverts better at learning languages? Au contraire! Learn how to survive (and thrive) as an introvert with these tips from Alexandria, VA tutor Elisha O...     There's been a lot of hype lately about introverts and extroverts. And no matter which side you identify with (or if you're a little of both!) there are definitely advantages and strengths on both sides of the spectrum. As an introvert myself, my most productive and creative time is the time I spend alone.
How to Use Tongue Twisters to Practice a Second Language
There's nothing like a good tongue twister to get your mouth moving! In this article, you'll learn how to use tongue twisters to improve your pronunciation in any language you're learning. This is brought to you by our friends at Magoosh...   Tongue twisters, as you probably know, are silly poems that use very similar sounds. They’re especially popular with children. Famous American picture books, like Fox in Socks, delight kids with tongue twisters that are hard (but fun) to read out
How to Write a Haiku | A Short History and 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? Learn a bit about their rich history, and then take a stab at writing your own with the help of this guest post from Cherese Cobb, creative writer and self-proclaimed haiku nut:   Haiku comes from tanka, a short poem that has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. It was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called renga, where one person wrote the first three lines

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