It’s vs. Its: What’s the Difference?

The English language is a tough business. So much so, it’s unimaginable to have mastered all its intricacies. (See what I did there?) Determining whether to use “it’s” or “its” is an essential building block of good writing, but it’s easy to let this little word topple your Jenga tower. Even the most seasoned writers […] ...

Write the Best Formal Thank You Note in 5 Simple Steps

We all need a little help in school (and life). Showing appreciation for all our parents and friends have done for us usually happens casually, whether it be a simple “thank you,” returning the favor, or another gesture. But what about those times where a little formality is needed? Like thanking your teacher for writing […] ...

4 Ways to Battle Writer’s Block (and Win)

by Amanda ClarkWriter’s block. We’ve all experienced this demon. You get an assignment, sit down to begin, and BAM! Nothing. Or you write a stellar first page, feel like a writing rock star and then—BAM! Nothing. When you have deadlines to meet, a foggy brain can be more than a nuisance. Next time, skip the […] ...

The 5 Writing Secrets I Wish I’d Known in High School

by Muranda Mendez  As a college student, I’ve learned new tips and techniques that have made me a stronger, more efficient writer—and even made the writing experience more enjoyable. Sometimes I’ve found myself thinking, “I wish I’d known this earlier!” So, here are five writing secrets that I’ve discovered in college that I wish I’d […] ...

Does Anyone Really Know How to Use a Semicolon?

by Muranda Mendez You’ve seen them in grammar handouts from teachers, pushed somewhere between warnings on overusing commas and misplacing apostrophes. Maybe you’ve tried to stick one in your essay, checking 10 times to make sure you were using it correctly.   The semicolon has puzzled students for decades. It seems so smart and sophisticated—but how […] ...

How to Brainstorm When You’re Out of Ideas

We’ve all experienced the mental block that occurs when the well of ideas has run dry. Snap out of staring-into-space mode with these brainstorming tips for infinite ideas generation. Switch Up Your Method There are lots of different brainstorming methods to choose from—so if one isn’t working for you, try switching to another. Examples include: […] ...

How to Write a Hypothesis

What is a Hypothesis? A hypothesis is your initial prediction about your topic or argument. Although you’re probably used to writing hypotheses in science, you can also use them effectively in other areas of research. Why Start With a Hypothesis? When researching, creating a hypothesis gives you a place to start from. It helps you […] ...

What Makes a Good Essay?

Over the course of your studies, you have probably been asked to write an essay. So what exactly is an essay? What are its components? How do you write a good one? Read on for some helpful tips! What is an Essay? Generally, an essay is a written piece that presents an argument or the […] ...