Ch 42: ACT Writing - Planning: Tutoring Solution

About This Chapter

The Writing - Planning chapter of this ACT Prep Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the role of planning in writing. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the skills involving planning required for the ACT exam.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other ACT writing preparation work.
  • Identify the planning topics that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our ACT Prep Tutoring Solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn about planning in writing and earn acceptable scores. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding brainstorming, outlining, reasoning, revising or any other planning topic.
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their ACT writing preparation
  • Prefer learning ACT writing topics visually
  • Find themselves struggling with planning
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in their ACT writing preparation
  • Need access to ACT writing materials

Why it works:

  • Engaging Tutors: We make preparing for the ACT writing section simple and fun.
  • Cost Efficient: For less than 20% of the cost of a private tutor, you'll have unlimited access 24/7.
  • Consistent High Quality: Unlike a live ACT prep tutor, these video lessons are thoroughly reviewed.
  • Convenient: Imagine a tutor as portable as your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Review planning on the go!
  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the process of brainstorming.
  • Organize and write an outline.
  • Use rhetorical skills and revisions to improve essay quality.
  • Differentiate among, first, second and third points of view.
  • Use reasoning skills to evaluate an article or essay.
  • Write a quality argument.
  • Learn how choice of words and language can establish tone.
  • Appeal to an audience through the use of ethos, logos and pathos.

9 Lessons in Chapter 42: ACT Writing - Planning: Tutoring Solution
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Is Brainstorming?

1. What Is Brainstorming?

You may have been told that it's important to brainstorm before writing an essay. This video explains why it's well worth your time to make brainstorming part of your writing routine.

Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

2. Techniques for Brainstorming Great Ideas

Great essays are made up of great ideas. Finding those great ideas is the first critical step on the road to writing a terrific essay. Learn some popular and effective brainstorming techniques that will work whether you have an hour or two weeks to write your paper.

How to Write an Outline

3. How to Write an Outline

Whether it's a doctoral thesis or high school essay, outlining is crucial to writing success. This lesson emphasizes the importance of outlines and specifically addresses the three most common outlines for writers to utilize.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

4. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

5. Evaluating Reasoning in an Essay or Article

Being able to effectively evaluate reasoning can be helpful to you as you develop your own deductive and inductive reasoning skills and put those skills to work in persuasive essays. This lesson sheds some light on how to evaluate reasoning.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

6. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

7. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

8. Logos, Ethos and Pathos: 3 Ways to Appeal to an Audience in Essays

Appeal is an important aspect to writing, especially when your goal is to inform and/or persuade the reader in some area. In this lesson, we will examine the three main types of appeal: logos, ethos and pathos

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

9. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the ACT Prep: Tutoring Solution course