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Ch 23: Practicing Analytical Writing: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Practicing Analytical Writing chapter of this GMAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master analytical writing concepts for the GMAT test. 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 essentials of analytical writing.

Who's it for?

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

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to structure an argument in an essay, write a strong essay body or engage readers
  • 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 analytical writing concepts
  • 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 Practicing Analytical Writing 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 Practicing Analytical Writing Help and Review chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about analytical writing. 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 a practicing analytical writing unit of a standard GMAT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Essay introduction and thesis
  • Informative essay structure
  • Characteristics of a descriptive essay
  • Appeal development and reader engagement
  • Evaluative essay format
  • Characteristics of a persuasive essay

12 Lessons in Chapter 23: Practicing Analytical Writing: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

2. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.

How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

3. How to Engage Readers by Picking and Developing an Appeal

There are three types of appeals that you can use in your persuasive writing to make your arguments more effective. In this video, you'll learn about logical, ethical, and emotional appeals as well as how to use them.

How to Write a Great Argument

4. How to Write a Great Argument

Many times our writing must not just be informative but it must also be persuasive. One of the best ways to be very persuasive is to use a great argument. Learn six steps you can follow to write a great argument.

How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

5. How to Structure an Argument in Your Essay

When you write a persuasive essay, it's important to think about how you'll construct your argument, from how you'll arrange your major points to how and where you'll refute opposing views. This video covers some of the basics for structuring an argument.

Essay Introduction: Write a Thesis and Capture Your Audience

6. 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.

How to Write a Strong Essay Body

7. How to Write a Strong Essay Body

This video will show you how to achieve unified, coherent body paragraphs in your essays. By creating well-developed body paragraphs, your essays will be cleaner, sharper and earn you a better grade!

Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

8. Informative Essay: Definition, Examples & Structure

There are many ways to inform your reader on a topic, from comparing and contrasting to providing a simple definition. Watch this lesson to learn about informative essays and how they educate readers through different formats.

Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

9. Descriptive Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

A descriptive essay allows you to paint a picture for your reader in words. Watch this video to learn more about the techniques and elements that can help you fill the picture with lots of great details.

Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

10. Evaluative Essay: Examples, Format & Characteristics

A good evaluative essay helps a writer present an opinion using criteria and evidence. Learn all about the evaluative essay and its components in this lesson.

Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

11. Narrative Essay: Definition, Examples & Characteristics

Essays come in many forms. In this lesson, you'll learn all about a narrative essay, from its basic definition to the key characteristics that make for an engaging and effective essay.

Persuasive Essay: Format, Topics & Examples

12. Persuasive Essay: Format, Topics & Examples

Writing a persuasive essay may sound tricky, but it really isn't. This lesson will take you through the process, present possible topics and show you some examples of great persuasive essay elements.

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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