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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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Create a research binder

This video tutorial belongs to the Education category which is going to show you how to create a research binder. This binder will hold all your "how to" articles or research guides. You will need page dividers which you can make yourself or purchase. The dividers are meant to separate sections in the binder for ease of storing and retrieving all your research materials. You can have dividers for events, dates, contact details of people, places and "how to" articles. The dividers can have a f...

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 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: 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: 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 a proper thesis statement with Jennifer Mensink

The key to a great essay or dissertation is a strong thesis. In this two part tutorial from teacher Jennifer Mensink, learn exactly what a thesis is, why it is important and how to craft the perfect one. This video lesson will cover everything including an anticipation set, input and an assessment. Jennifer teaches as though you are her only student, and you will love listening to her step by step breakdown. So, get ready for finals with this refresher course on thesis statements.

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 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: 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: 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 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: Make your school reports or papers look longer

This subtle trick will lengthen your school report without your having to write a single extra word. Learn how to extend the length of your papers with this simple video. You will need a paper and flexible ethics. The trick is to enlarge the font of all the periods in your paper! Fact: If you have a 16 page, 12 point paper, changing the periods to 14-point will stretch the paper to 19 pages!

How To: Use ledger lines in music

A ledger line or leger line is musical notation to inscribe notes outside the lines and spaces of the regular musical staffs. This music theory how to video teaches you the concept of ledger lines in written music. Learn how to read and write music with this tutorial.

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: Write a thesis introduction

In this video, we learn how to write a thesis introduction. First, you will need a concrete story. Start your thesis with a story that shows your interests. The second part is to have an interesting question that you will answer in the thesis. The third part is to have an explanation. Tell the reader why the question is so important and explain it. The fourth part is chapter details. Introduce the aim and content of each chapter as you present it. The fifth part is to make your thesis one of ...

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: 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 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: Start your term paper research

Katherine Miller teaches the secrets of starting your term paper research by using concept mapping method. Use a large sheet of paper and a marker to map out our ideas. First take an example like "Succeeding at college and grades" and write down the factors affecting your goal. The most common factor is money, now write down the things that has an impact on money like jobs, business and loans. The other factors are outside life, health, places for help and study habits. Simultaneously write i...

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