Hot Humanities How-Tos

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...

How To: Cite website resources in your bibliography using MLA format

If you're writing a college essay or report, your bibliography is a painful, yet necessary part. And thanks to all of the information available on the World Wide Web, most colleges and universities accept websites as resources in your bibliography. But citing websites can be confusing when using the MLA citation format. This video will breakdown the process.

How To: Use quotes in an essay

In this tutorial, we learn how to use quotes in an essay. When using a colon, you will set up the quote, then present it as proof of what you have just said. Note that the phrase before the quote could stand on its own as a sentence. For partial quotes, remember when summarizing to embed the author's words in your own sentence. If you take away the quotation marks the sentence should flow like you wrote it. When using commas with quotes, you can introduce the quote with an introductory phrase...

How To: Use personal pronouns in an IELTS essay

In this video, we learn how to use personal pronouns in an IELTS essay. Pronouns are: we, I, me, you, and us. These are words we use to describe ourselves and should generally be avoided in an essay. There are times when it's difficult to avoid personal pronouns in essay, but only use these when you're being asked to or are supporting an argument. An example of how to avoid using personal pronouns is: "I believe that" could be changed to "it is believed that". Once you learn how to replace pe...

How To: Write an essay for school

In this video, we learn how to write an essay for school. This is important because it will help you get into college! The main parts of an essay are: the title page, outline, body, introduction, conclusion, and footnotes. Make sure your title page has the title of the paper, the student's name, teacher of the class, and due date for the paper. For the rest of the pages, make sure you follow the guidelines that have been set by your teacher to properly write. Add in a lot of details and make ...

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: Use the cis/trans system for naming alkenes in organic chemistry

What's in a name? Well, your chemistry grade, for one. In this free video science lesson from Internet pedagogical superstar Salman Khan, you'll learn how to use the the cis-trans naming system for alkanes. Whether you need help studying for that next big test or could just use a hand finishing your homework, you're sure to be well served by this video lesson. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Calculate your GPA

In order to calculate your cumulative average (GPA), you need to know the value of the grades you receive. The grades you receive in your classes are based on the grading scale of each instructor in your classes. Your cumulative average is the resulting value of all of the grades.

How To: Paraphrase in your research paper

In this video, we learn how to paraphrase in your research paper. First, you need to take down the phrase and what it is saying, then think about how you can re-word this to make it all your own. If you don't understand what something is saying in the passage, look it up and learn more about it. After you further understand what the passage is saying, start to re-write it using your own personal touch. Add this into your paper in the appropriate spot where it fits the best. After you are done...

How To: Move from notes to rough drafts of research papers

In this video, we learn how to move from notes to a rough draft of a research paper. First, you need to place all your notes in order and create an outline for your paper. Find out what important information you need, and filter out all the information you don't. After this, you can begin to fill in your outline and add any additional information into your outline. After you have this completed, you can start to write your rough draft using the outline you just created. Keep your notes around...

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 your sources in different citation styles

In this Education video tutorial you will learn how to cite your sources in different citation styles. What does your professor mean when he or she says, "Don't forget to cite your sources"? Most citation styles require that you include intext citations, which may be footnotes or parenthetical citations. A footnote directs the reader to the bottom of the page for the source of the quotation or idea. A parenthetical note directs the reader to the bibliography at the end of the paper to see the...

How To: Choose topics and write outlines for research papers

In this video, we learn how to choose topics and write outlines for research papers. First, you need to choose your topic, which will determine what direction your paper will go into. There are two types of papers, single viewpoint and multiple viewpoint. The different between these is taking one side or looking at different views of the debate at hand. Once you choose, you need to brainstorm a list of topics. Write down the pros and cons of the debate that you are taking, then make sure you ...

How To: Create an annotated bibliography

In this tutorial, we learn how to create an annotated bibliography. Make sure to highlight all your citation information, then type it into your bibliography page. After you have it written down, type it out again in the proper citation format, making sure you use the proper type. Make sure you have all the proper information, and you don't forget any of the crucial information. An annotated bibliography is different because it will give a summary underneath the citation. This is only about f...

How To: Use 'affect' and 'effect' correctly

'Affect' and 'effect' are two commonly misused words in the English language. This quick grammar tutorial provides a great reference to explaining the difference between the two words and how context is important to picking the right one. Improve your writing after memorizing this easy explanation!