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5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader

5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader

Successful writers know that a well-constructed story will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. A strong beginning will hook readers and entice them to keep reading. There are a variety of writing styles that can be used to create an effective hook, and understanding which one of these writing styles best matches your unique voice is an important part of developing your craft. Some of our favorite ways to begin a story include: Asking a question:  The first line of the iconic c … Read More

5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader
Successful writers know that a well-constructed story will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. A strong beginning will hook readers and entice them to keep reading. There are a variety of writing styles that can be used to create an effective hook, and understanding which one of these writing styles best matches your unique voice is an important part of developing your craft. Some of our favorite ways to begin a story include: Asking a question:  The first line of the iconic c
How to Score a 5 on the AP English Language and Composition Exam
Getting ready to take the AP English Language and Composition exam? Check out these study tips from Olympia, WA tutor Tali H...   The AP English Language and Composition exam is just over three hours, encompassing a 55-question 60-minute multiple-choice section (45% of total score) and a 135-minute time period to write three essays (55% of total score). The more complicated part of the test, the essays, is what I’ll be focusing on in this article. However, in regard to the mult
Tips for Writing: Why Writing Tutors Aren’t Just for Kids
Think tutors are just for kids? From professional emails to cover letters, learning how to write well will carry you far through life - so if you're not confident in your skills, it may be worth looking into. Check out these tips for writing from Evanston, IL and online tutor Rachel M.:   As a college student with three years of private tutoring under my belt, I can speak from experience when I say that writing isn’t what it used to be. Students learn how to type using an iPad and
10 Genius Ways to Use Your Smartphone to Learn a Language
Can your phone help you learn a language? Absolutely! Check out these tips and ideas from Spanish tutor Joan B. and start exploring...   You’re addicted to your phone (join the club) and love everything it offers you -- access to friends, amazing deals through apps, and up-to-the-minute news. But did you know you can also use it to help you learn a language? It's true: your smartphone is one of the best tools you can use to strengthen your language skills -- especially when you
Telling Your Story: Why Your Personal Narrative Matters
Although schools may be veering away from it, learning how to write a personal narrative essay can take you far in life. Learn more in this guest post by Chicago, IL tutor Samantha S...   Students, perhaps you have noticed the recent Common Core State Standard trend to veer away from such writing prompts as “What Did You Do On Summer Vacation?” Though nationwide curriculum currently mandates that best-practice instruction focuses on nonfiction, non-narrative writing, here’s why yo

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