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How To: Properly write a basic looking memo

Basic memos are one of the most common forms of communication that you can experience in an office atmosphere. It is a universal message that gets sent to everyone letting them know about something important or even trivial. Writing one can be a bit tough, especially when you've never written one. So in this tutorial, find out what it takes to properly write a basic looking memo in no time at all. Enjoy!

How To: Recognize and analyze iambic pentameter

Meter, specifically iambic pentameter, can be used to analyze a poem. Iambic pentameter is used in poetry and drama and describes a particular rhythm that words establish in each line. Rhythm is created through the stressing and un-stressing of syllables. Small groups of syllables are called feet. A foot is a group of two or three syllables and will often contain a stressed and an unstressed syllable. Iambic describes the type of foot that is used. Pentameter indicates that a line of poetry h...

How To: Write a good argumentative essay introduction

In this video, we learn how to write a good argumentative essay introduction. This is a persuasive essay that is just an argument. What makes this an essay is that it has an introductory section, main body, and concluding section. Many high schools and universities will require you to write an argumentative essay. You will first need to understand the process of writing the paper and then look at good and bad examples so you can get ideas of how the paper should look. Remember that you should...

How To: Use quotation marks in British English

How to use quotation marks in British EnglishIn this video we are about to see how to use quotation marks in British English. This is a very useful video because most of us confuse the usage of quotations and the meaning it renders. There are two forms of quotations single and double. A single quote contains only one inverted comma and the double contains two inverted commas. A double quote is used for direct speech or actual quotations. Whenever a person says something a comma is given and t...

How To: Pronounce difficult sounds for the IELTS exam

EnglishRyan shows you how to pronounce difficult sounds for IELTS. Using some pronunciation technique games you can learn to pronounce difficult words. The instructor says the words and tells you how to emphasis on your mouth and say the words. There is also a game you can play at the end guessing his number by listening to pronunciation techniques. Make learn these round sounds easier by playing this game and forming your mouth in the proper way to say the words.

How To: Build a strong body paragraph for a school essay

In this tutorial, we learn how to build a strong body paragraph for a school essay. This consists of several sentences unified by a common point. The topic sentence is first followed by the supporting sentences. The topic sentence should express what the attitude of the topic is and describe it. Limit the scope of the topic sentence, don't make it too broad. Development is essential to an effective paragraph. It should end with a concluding sentence that is linked to the thesis statement. The...

How To: Write an autobiography

No matter what age you are or what kind of life you've lived you can put your story out there by writing an autobiography. Every life can be interesting if written about in a well formulated, and honest manner.

How To: Cite sources in a speech

This video gives instructions on how to cite sources when giving a speech. When giving a speech, you want to appear persuasive and credible to the audience. In order to do this, you must cite the sources of your speech's content. Prior to giving your speech, research materials relevant to your topic. In the course of giving the speech, mention where you got your data. In this case, the speech is about Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace. While making your first main point, mention that "a...

How To: Get your official SAT score from College Board online

The SATs are a very valuable college entrance test and could determine if you're accepted or denied to your favorite university. So, once you've learned to ace the SATs and have already taken your test, get your scores as soon as they're out! Don't sit in dreaded anticipation— go to College Board and get your SAT test results now!

How To: Write a great conclusion for an essay

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to write a great conclusion for an essay. A conclusion is a summary of the topic and is the opinion of the topic or creator. The conclusion summarizes the main point of the topic. Repetition in the conclusion is not a problem. The points stated in the introduction of the essay are restated and rephrased in the conclusion. Adding your own opinion and ides about the topic help improve and makes the conclusion more effective. This video will benefit thos...

How To: Write musical notes properly

Note stem direction is very important to neat, legible music. This music theory how to video teaches you when your note stem should point down or point up. Follow the tips in this tutorial and you will be writing music in no time.

How To: Use the right words in the SAT comprehension section

Eva Holz with SAT Confidential demonstrates how to use the right words in the SAT comprehension section. Don't confuse similar words like affect which is a verb and effect which is a noun. The words imminent and eminent may also be tested. Note also the words inferred and implied which also get confused with each other. Also, don't use the wrong idiom. A wrong idiom may often be paired with a preposition. Finally, don't use the wrong verb. Similar words, idioms and verbs are tested most often...

How To: Properly hold a pencil for better handwriting

The fastest and easiest way to improve your handwriting is to learn to hold your pencil properly. A lot of people bypass this seemingly small step and then wonder why their writing looks like chicken scratch. This video will show you exactly how to hold your pen or pencil for the best writing results. This is especially helpful for teachers or parents wishing to help their child develop good writing habits for life. So, grab a pencil and follow along - you will be writing up a storm in no time!

How To: Write an argumentative research essay

Writing a research essay or an argumentative research essay can seem like a major challenge to students. All the work, all the writing all the deadlines! Simplify the entire process by learning how to gather information the correct way, namely using the resources at the school library and, more importantly, how to fill those pages. This video will show the easy way to write argumentative research essays.

How To: Write a research paper for dummies

If you ever had trouble trying to properly write a research paper then this quirky, 1950's style filmstrip movie will break it down for you, even if you're a dummy. The Oscar-worthy performances in this movie will help teach you valuable lessons when it comes to preparing and working on a research paper. The narrator in the movie will give you essential tips and strategies to guide you in the research paper writing process. The key things the movie will share with you are: (1) Choosing a topi...

How To: Cite reference books in MLA format

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to cite reference books in MLA formats. Citation is a reference to a published or unpublished source. Viewers will learn how to cite an article in an online reference book and an article in a print reference book. The format for the online reference book is:

How To: Use quotes in academic writing

The producer of this video is Chaya Radin from the Massbay Community College, Academic achievement center and her video is titled "The effective use of quotes in academic writing". It teaches students how to learn effectively, the topic that is focused in this video is very useful for college students especially for those who write a lot of college paper. When writing college papers and if most of the ideas in the paper are derived from another source, it is always useful to use quotes so you...

How To: Quote, summarize and/or paraphrase in an essay

This is working about working with sources: Quotation, Summarizing and Paraphrasing. Quotation: When directly quoting an outside source, the author's words should be taken verbatim. Quotation can lend the essay credibility. Too much quotation makes it sounds like you, the writer don't have anything to say. Quotes should be used only when the writer needs to be precise, clear, and powerful. You should use the quotes when the person you are calling said in a unique way that really can't be put ...

How To: Incorporate sources into your paper

Michael Abernethy teaches us how to incorporate sources into a paper in this tutorial. When you begin to write your sources in your paper, you need to first find out what you need to cite in the paper. Find out where you have used sources and make sure you give credit to the source it came from. After this, you need to research how to cite the different sources where you got your information. You want to use the most up-to-date information on MLA style citation while writing inside a paper. A...

How To: Structure your time while taking the PSAT

In this video tutorial, viewers learn about the structure and scoring of the PSAT. The PSAT is basically a shorter version of the SAT. The test lasts for 2 hours and 10 minutes. This test contains 5 sections: two 25-minute critical reading, two 25-minute math and one 30-minute writing. In the critical reading sections, there will be passage-base and sentence completion questions. In the math sections, there will be multiple choice and gridding questions. In the writing section, there will be ...

How To: Write an introduction to your academic essay

In this tutorial, we learn how to write an introduction to your academic essay. The first part of your introduction should say why the topic is important. Using the phrase "is a topic of growing importance" is a great way to help boost your topic's importance. Next, you should have a sentence or two sentences talking about the difficulties of the topic and what issues are involved. The third part of your introduction should be a thesis statement that narrows down what the topic is going to be...

How To: Improve your handwriting in just a few minutes

Do you dream of having beautiful penmanship? Well, check out this tutorial and start turning that dream into a reality. In this video, you will learn how to properly hold your pencil and where to place your letters on the paper so that you get a neater result everytime. So, whatever your age, it is never too late to start practicing and improve the way you write forever. So, grab a pen or pencil and have a seat - turn the video on and follow along. You are only a few minutes away from lovely ...

How To: Introduce examples in your IELTS essay

This is a video on writing essays. The video is a part of a series on essay writing. The current video involves inserting examples into an essay that you are writing. The speaker describes how to complement arguments contained within essays that provide support to the argument. The purpose is to improve the strength of arguments and, by extension, the quality of the essay. The speaker goes on to describe different phrases that are helpful in introducing examples into an essay.

How To: Write a good argumentative essay: first argument

This video describes the art of writing argumentative essays. In other words it narrates how to improve arguments of an essay. It starts with an analysis of classic examples. The speaker begins by criticizing the style of paragraph and how to improve the suggestions. He explains how to omit errors and form your arguments in commanding manner. Finally, he says how to come a conclusion by adding solid evidence. At the end of course he will show you how to transfer a old matter into a classic ex...

How To: Write a sensory poem

A sensory poem is a poem that uses all five senses to describe something. These are common poems for grade school children. They are not difficult to do and only need to choose something to describe and follow the rules.

How To: Write an abstract for your research paper

Danby Taylor from the University of Maryland University College teaches how to write an abstract research paper for graduate school Analyze the things that you read so you can extract the essential information such as the goal or the purpose of the reading in your own sentence. Learn the methods or ways of how the author studied the subject and reached the results of the study. Pay attention to details and write in a block paragraph, without indentations. Write one or two sentences about each...

How To: Write an introduction to an argumentative essay

This video takes the viewer through a simple, step-by-step process for writing a compelling introduction to an argumentative essay. According to the author, an ideal introduction should begin with detailing the subject matter of the essay, and should provide the background information on the issue being discussed in the essay. The introduction should be very clear about the conclusion that the author of the essay is alluding at. One of the major problems with student essays is that their intr...

How To: Organize research materials for writing your research

Mary Silva teaches us how to organize and research materials for writing. First, copy and past all of your different references from the exact order that you wrote about them. A great way to help you organize all of these is to use notecards. If you don't want to do all that writing, then you can make your notecards on the computer! With this, you can make different notes on the bottom of the cards to help you remember things, as well as different citations. This is a great tool to help you o...

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