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How To: Be successful in writing college research papers

In this video, we learn how to be successful in writing college research papers with Kathleen Ennis. When you are preparing to write a research paper, you need to make sure you have enough time to write down all the information you find. If you search online, there might be 10,000,000 pages just on the topic you are researching alone. To organize this information more efficiently, develop a list of research questions for your paper that are the most important and will cover the different sect...

How To: Use colons and semicolons

In this tutorial, we learn how to use colons and semicolons. You will use a colon when the second sentence is explaining a 'why' of the first sentence. You will use a semicolon when the second sentence is adding more to the first sentence, not explaining it. You can also use a colon when you are writing a long list and the sentence can't stand alone. Use a semicolon to separate two sentences that can stand independently. Knowing the difference between when to use these punctuations can mean t...

How To: Cite scholarly journal articles in MLA format

This video shows viewers how to properly cite scholarly journal articles in the MLA format. In your works cited page, the citation should begin by placing the author's last name first, followed by his first name. If there are multiple authors, all subsequent authors should have their first name first followed by their last name. Placing a period after this, the next item is the title of the article, placed in quotation marks and followed by a period. The name of the scholarly journal is place...

How To: Write left handed

Left handed writing style is not as common as right handed so many people are not sure how to do it neatly. Check out this tutorial for advice on how to improve your grip and posture to make your handwriting perfect. Left handers face many challenges. First of all, most teachers will teach children writing skills more suitable for their right handed classmates, also there are not many left hand specific products on the market, and left handers often have posture problems as they are pushing t...

How To: Use fermatas in music

A fermata (also known as a bird's eye)is an element of musical notation indicating that the note should be sustained for longer than its note value would indicate. This music theory how to video teaches an easy shortcut in order to understand and use 'fermatas' in music.

News: Say Goodbye To 2010 With 150+ "Best Of" Lists

Staying in tonight? Here's something that could occupy you for days. Fimoculous has posted the mother of all "Best of 2010" lists: a collection of over 150 lists from across the web in 37 different categories. Sit back, crack out the champagne, and take in all the amazing things that happened in the past year.

How To: Take a reading comprehension test

In this video, we learn how to take a reading comprehension test. First, you need to learn how to deal with the questions that are asked on the test. To help, you should learn how to read quickly instead of reading the entire paragraph. Read the questions first so you know what to look out for as you are reading the paragraph presented to you. This will save you a lot of time when you are taking the test and give you some time to go over the questions. When finished, you will get a great grad...

How To: Write a literature review for thesis writers

In this tutorial, we learn how to write a literature review for thesis writers. The three elements are: discuss the most relevant theory, introduce and define key terms, and discuss recent research in the field. You will need to include the most important literature, quote directly only if you discuss at some length, and use indirect quotes as well. Focus on notions you will use in your empirical study. It should be ten pages or less and sources of all quotes must appear in your works cited p...

How To: Study for college exams

In this video, we learn how to study for college exams. Start focusing and get ready for the new exam after you take the first one. Just make sure you wind down and relax after that test for a couple of days. This will let your brain rest and give you a well-deserved break from studying. Just make sure you get back on studying so you can do well on your next exam as well. This process will become easier if you practice it with each and every test you have to take. Just remember to study and i...

How To: Study effectively in college

In this video, we learn how to study effectively in college. First of all, make sure you don't have an distractions around you. Find a place where you can study quietly where nobody will bother you and where you won't break your concentration. Find a way to study that works for you, study something that you don't know and write it down to help you remember it better. Try studying alone or with another person, whichever works better for you. Make sure to get enough sleep and eat something befo...

How To: Write an article

In this video, we learn how to write an article. When writing an article, you need to use the proper formatting. This starts with the introduction to grab the reader's attention. Then the middle will elaborate on the introduction with 200 words maximum. The end will give the conclusion and summarize in around 50 words total. Don't give an opinion, just keep it un-biased and let the reader come up with their own opinion. Don't make some common mistakes which include: spending too much time res...

How To: Write a thesis statement

In this video, we learn how to write a thesis statement. What you really want to say about your topic is what the thesis statement is. It's nothing but your topic and what you want to say, so don't get scared by the term "thesis statement". Practice writing your paper using this saying instead of thinking of the thesis statement term. Usually in school you are given the topic you are going to write about it, so just state that topic and defend your position on it. It will be the same in real ...

How To: Avoid research paper plagiarism with quotations

In this tutorial, we learn how to avoid research paper plagiarism with quotations. Whenever you use a source, you can quote from it using the author's direct words, or you can paraphrase. Paraphrasing means putting something into your own phrases and sentences, because you will have to repeat certain key words. If you do this, you have to make sure you are not copying the quote exactly, and that it really is in your own words. You can't put something into your own words if you don't understan...

How To: Make notecards for your reasearch paper

In this video, we learn how to make note cards for your research paper. Note cards will help keep your data organized and easy to organize. Take a pen and write out the title of the card on the top, then write out the pages you got the information from next to that. From here, start to write down information on the card, covering one topic per card. Use any notes that will help you out and have the most amount of information on them. After this, use a highlighter to highlight the different wo...

How To: Cite footnotes for an English paper

In this video from thedarkwanderer we learn how to footnote your references in a paper. For this you need a list of your references used. Place a superscript right after the last word that you want to acknowledge. Then place the note proper at the bottom of the same page. Put the footnote numeral slightly raised followed by the note proper. Make sure that the superscript number corresponds to the number of the footnote. Keep the footnotes flush with the paragraphs of your text. Footnotes comi...

How To: Write a short story in five steps

In this video, we learn how to write a short story in five steps. Your first step is to find a place where you can be completely alone for at least four hours. Make sure you have no distractions during this time as well. The second step is to write the story from the beginning to the end without stopping. In that four hours, you should be able to write at least 2,000 words, don't agonize over each words. Allow yourself to see the story unfolding in your mind and then write what you see in you...

How To: Do a cohesive personal statement

In this tutorial, we learn how to do a cohesive personal statement. If you are a student and need to write your personal statement, get started on it early so you have a while to work on it! Start out by working backwards, which means to start with your life now and then building up to how you plan to achieve further goals. You need to make sure this is short and you also need to make sure you don't brag about yourself. If you are wanting to travel abroad, make yourself stand out from other p...

How To: Write a personal statement to finish your application

In this video we learn how to write a personal statement to finish your application. This should not be a listing of all your qualities, it should be a story. This should have a lot of information about yourself to show how great you are. Write about anything that makes you different and focus on a strength you have. Think about everything you do outside of the classroom and be honest, because these people don't know you. Write with your heart and don't brag about yourself. Think about your a...

How To: Write a unique personal statement essay

In this tutorial, we learn how to write a unique personal statement essay. Personal statement is the heart of the application where you can give voice to your accomplishments, dreams, and goals. You want to stand out from the rest of the applicants, so you need to express what's important to you. You can show them how well you write and show passion, your smarts, and sense of humor as you write. You can do this because you are prepared and you are being true to yourself. Once you understand t...

How To: Analyze the conclusion of a sample argumentative essay

In this video we learn how to analyze the conclusion of a sample argumentative essay. The conclusion is only two lines long, but it should be looked over thoroughly. The conclusion should reinstate the main thesis from the essay. It should also give an indication of how the thesis was argued for. You should avoid the phrase "I feel that", "I believe that", and "I feel strongly that". When you change up this, it will make the conclusion appear stronger. When you do this, your conclusion will b...