Ch 5: Focusing Your Essay

About This Chapter

With our help, you can improve your skills on focusing your essay as you prepare to take an upcoming exam. Learn through our self-assessment tests and video lessons so that you are well-prepared on exam day.

Focusing Your Essay - Chapter Summary

This chapter can assist you in better focusing an essay, quickly writing a high-quality essay and responding to the essay prompt. Instructors teach video lessons focused on:

  • Creating a strong personal essay
  • Writing for your audience
  • Pinpointing the best readers or audience for your essay
  • Learning how to write and recognize a thesis statement

Each topic is thoroughly explored by instructors who offer advice on how you can use the lesson information on a test. To make sure that your lessons don't become stale and to fully prepare you for the skills test, instructors offer a variety of learning approaches.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Focusing Your Essay
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How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

1. How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

Many tests will require you to write a timed essay. You may feel panicked at the idea of having to produce a high-quality essay under a tight time constraint. But you can relax: this video shows you four basic steps to follow so that you can write a great essay quickly.

How to Focus Your Essay and Respond to the Essay Prompt

2. 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.

How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

3. How to Write a Strong Personal Essay

At some point, you may be required to write a personal essay. Watch this video to learn how to turn your personal experiences into an effective essay.

Writing for Your Audience

4. Writing for Your Audience

By understanding some fundamental characteristics about your audience, you can write more effectively and be in better control of how well your writing is received by that audience. This video explains the basic points that you should consider in order to provide more informative and more persuasive essays for your readers.

How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

5. How to Determine the Best Audience or Readers for an Essay

Who should be reading this? Not every essay can be enjoyed by everyone equally. How do you know who is the best target for an essay? This lesson will help you figure that out.

What is a Thesis Statement?

6. 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

7. 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.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

8. Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

We'll look at the importance of the introductory paragraph and engaging your audience through the use of attention getters, a bridge, and an arguable thesis. Three of the most common attention getters are specifically defined, and examples are provided in this lesson.

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