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Ch 20: Essay Writing Basics: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Essay Writing Basics chapter of this GMAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master essay writing basics. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the basics of essay writing.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering essay writing basics for the GMAT test will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about essay writing basics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to organize and focus an essay, or how to write an outline as well as a thesis statement
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about GMAT test topics (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about essay writing basics
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra resources for teaching GMAT test subjects

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Essay Writing Basics Help and Review chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Essay Writing Basics Help and Review chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about essay writing basics. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the lessons in an essay writing basics unit of a standard GMAT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Thesis statements
  • Narrator types in literature
  • Basic essay structure
  • Idea development through supporting reasons, details and examples
  • First, second and third person point of view
  • Use of sources to evaluate evidence

10 Lessons in Chapter 20: Essay Writing Basics: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Organize an Essay

1. How to Organize an Essay

In this video, we will cover the steps involved in organizing an essay. We'll talk about titles, introductory paragraphs, concluding paragraphs, main points, transition statements and editing.

How to Write an Outline

2. 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.

Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

3. Basic Essay Structure: The Five-Paragraph Essay

Working with an established essay structure provides writers with the necessary elements of a successful essay. In this lesson, we'll work through the drafting process for the five-paragraph essay and make note of important dos and don'ts.

What is a Thesis Statement?

4. What is a Thesis Statement?

Before we can talk about how to write a great thesis statement, you need to be able to identify a great thesis when you see one. Contrary to what you may have been taught, a thesis is so much more than just the last sentence of the opening paragraph of an essay.

How to Write a Thesis Statement

5. How to Write a Thesis Statement

Find yourself confounded by thesis statements? Writing an excellent thesis statement doesn't require magic or luck, but it does require a few key elements we'll lay out for you in the lesson that follows.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

6. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

7. Narrators in Literature: Types and Definitions

Learn how point of view, or the angle from which a story is told, impacts the narrative voice of a work of literature. Explore, through examples, how point of view can be limited, objective, or omniscient.

How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

8. How to Use Sources to Write Essays and Evaluate Evidence

When writing an essay, you will often be asked to utilize appropriate sources for evidence, including facts and definitions. In this video, we will talk about the ways we can utilize and evaluate sources and evidence.

Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

9. Supporting Your Writing with Examples and Evidence

Watch this lesson to learn how to make strong arguments and write better papers by using evidence effectively. It's not just about piling on a bunch of facts!

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

10. How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

In this video, learn how to ensure that your writing responds directly to your assignment. Then find out how to spot where you may have strayed from the paper's point and how to get back on track.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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