Ch 9: Writing - Planning & Writing An Essay: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Writing - Planning and Writing an Essay chapter of this SAT Prep Help and Review course is the simplest way to master planning and writing essays. 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 essay planning and writing.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material for the SAT will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to prepare for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to brainstorm and write an essay
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning writing skills (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn how to plan and write an essay
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra writing resources

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 planning and writing 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 planning and writing chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about how to plan and write an essay. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an essay planning and writing unit of a standard SAT prep course. Topics covered include:

  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Using outlines
  • Writing strong personal essays
  • Focusing essays and responding to essay prompts
  • Practicing essay writing
  • Editing and improving content
  • Proofreading essays
  • Fixing mistakes in your writing

5 Lessons in Chapter 9: Writing - Planning & Writing An Essay: Help and Review
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.

How to Write a Great Essay Quickly

4. 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

5. 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
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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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