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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 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 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: 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: 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: Use commas with restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses

This video tutorial is in the Education category where you will learn how to use commas with restrictive and non-restrictive clauses. Restrictive and non-restrictive clauses are phrases or words that come between the subject and the verb. You don't use commas to separate restrictive clauses. For example, in the sentence "the students who did not wear uniforms were punished". Here "students" is the subject and "were punished" is the verb and the clause "who did not wear uniforms" is restrictiv...

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 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: 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...

How To: Get better grades

The only things that will get you into a good college is persistence, a will to learn, and of course… grades. If your grades are lacking that oomph they need to impress the schools and your parents, there's a few ways to aid in improving your scores. With a little effort and focus, your next report card will sport better grades.

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: 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 a solid screenplay

This is a video by Indy Mogul. For making a script or screenplay, first write a short heading about the situation and where the characters are to be at that time. Then write the actions the character must do. Then the dialog the actor must tell along with the emotion. Now write the dialog the another actor must say. Like wise write all the dialogs. Time must be ascertained for each dialogs. Dialogs must be written according to the time.

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 great essay for the SAT test

In this four part video tutorial series, learn how to write a 12 score essay for the SAT test in just ten days. The SAT essay is designed to measure your abilitity to develop a point of view on an issue presented in an excerpt, support your point of view using reasoning and examples from your reading, studies, experience, or observations, and your ability to follow the conventions of standard written English. Follow these steps presented in this video, and score at least a 10 on your SAT essay!

How To: Cite articles from online library databases in MLA

In this tutorial, we learn how to cite articles from online library databases in MLA. Make sure you have all the information available so you can include all of the information for the citation. The citation will be written in the following order: author, article title, publication title, volume and issue numbers, date of publication, and page numbers. Make sure you use only italics and do not underline. URLS are optional and depend on instructor preferences. Make sure you include the publica...

How To: Write a good argumentative essay: logical structure

In this tutorial video, you will learn the basic structure for a good argumentative essay. The narrator in this tutorial, makes a very important distinction in the video; a good argument versus an average or mediocre argument. The narrator teaches you that a good argument will have, at minimum, a 5-part structure. The elements in the structure include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Within the body, a good argumentative essay would contain a main argument, an objection, and a reply...

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: Use logical comparison on the SAT comprehension area

This tutorial is about using logical comparisons in a sentence. We should compare only equivalent concepts. Don't compare something to a group its part of without including 'other' or 'else'. Be clear about what you are comparing. The comparisons must be between apples to apples (i.e. between objects or things of same group). If they are not then you fix the problem by:-1. Repeating the apples. 2. Using 's or that or those. 3. Reworking the sentence. To demonstrate this take the following exa...

How To: Cite a cereal box in MLA format

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to cite a cereal box in MLA 2009. citation is a reference to a published or unpublished source. In general, a citation requires the author's name, publication information and medium type. Start by examining the entire cereal box for the information. Look on the front, back, sides, top, bottom and even inside. Usually, users will only be able to find title, medium, corporate sponsor and place of publication. This video will benefit those viewers who ar...

How To: Add a footnote to a research paper

In this tutorial, we learn how to add a footnote to a research paper. To do this, you will need to have all the sources written down where you got the information for the topics that you're writing about. Make sure you give credit to all the places that you go the information, or else you stole it and it's plagiarized. You will need to write down the author's name, title of the source, publication company, city of publication, copy date, and page number. To add the footnote, you will simply w...

How To: Set up and format papers in MLA style in Microsoft Word

Research papers, love them, hate them, either way, the standard for writing them are a pain in the butt if you haven't done it a lot, or at all, before. The standard is MLA style, and if you have no idea what this is or how to set up the settings in Microsoft Word, this video has everything you're looking for. You will learn how to set up the page for MLA style, add in works cited properly, page titles, and more.

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: 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: Approach questions on SAT passage section

Eva Holtz shows us how to approach different types of questions on the SAT, in this episode from Brightstorm. The different types of questions in the SAT Passages section include "Vocabulary in Context", "Line reference", "Whole passage", and "I, II, III, except, least, not" questions. Eva explains that the best way to approach Vocabulary in Context questions is to treat them like Sentence Completion questions. First, read two lines before and after the word in question. Then, it's best to ca...

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: 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...

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