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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: 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 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: Calculate your GPA

Every student with college aspirations should learn how to not only calculate their own GPA, but how to keep that GPA up! In this video, learn how to figure out your own GPA, whether you be in high school or college. Stay ahead of the curve by following this easy guide.

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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Make a bibliography master list for a research paper

If you want to know how to make a bibliography master list for your research paper, this video is made for you to watch. At the center of the first line of your index card, write the title of your research paper. Make a list of all your references. It can help you save time locating the source of your notes. Take note of the Bibliography Code number, author, and the title of the material used or needed. Highlight important texts for you to see it easily. Compile your working bibliography alon...

How To: Choose a Speech or Writing Topic

Whether you're a student, a toastmaster, just writing, or making articles on WonderHowTo, you will have to come up with a topic. The topic should be able to guide you to some of the things you want people to know about. Here are some ways that you can can come up with a topic.

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 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...

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