26 Writing Tutorials

These Writing tutorials are written by experienced educators, all of whom also offer private tutoring lessons. Get the Writing help you need, whether through these tutorials or through private tutoring lessons.

MLA Format- CITING A NOVEL

Writing a paper? Can’t remember how to cite that novel you quoted on the second page? No worries! Very simple!

How to use “whom”

Generally, students have a lot of diffuculty understanding how to use “whom” instead of “who” when appropriate. This can lead to the writing sounding awkward if “whom” is unused, or even worse when used incorrectly. “Who is coming over?” “For whom the bell tolls.” Each of these above sentences uses “who” and “whom” correctly.

How to write a thesis statement

One of the first steps to writing any paper is to identify what your paper is going to be about. In most cases this is known as your thesis statement; the thing in which your paper is going to focus on proving/explaining. A lot of students stress out over writing their thesis statements, but I…

The best writing practices after 2500 years

I’m new to the roundtable and haven’t read my colleagues’ advice on writing, and I am sure some is sound. I haven’t taught composition long — only three years. I haven’t published anything though at long last I have a few things that may be worth writing, and more importantly worth reading. My credentials are…

Reducing Redundancy

One of the most important lessons a writer can learn is how to write simply and clearly. This sounds…well simple, but it is one of the hardest parts of writing. Mark Twain once said, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” It is difficult to say a lot with a…

Understand Your Audience

Communication is a two-way exercise. Without knowing something about your readers you’ll rarely get your ideas across. What are their goals and priorities? What pressures do they face? What motivates them? The most important things to realize about all readers – especially in business – are: • They are busy • They don’t necessarily feel…

Poetry…no rhyme or reason.

Roses are red, violets are blue. Sugar is sweet and so are you. Now THAT’S a poem! It rhymes and gets right to the point. All poetry should be like that, right? Well, I have a feeling that many of the greatest poets would disagree, vehemently. But there are many that begin their journey with…

The “to be” Verb in College Writing

There are several ways to write a college essay. One thing professors look for is how does your essay sound? How does it flow? Does it feel good, or is it unnatural? One way to help the flow of your paper is by eliminating as many unnecessary “to be” verbs as you can. It sounds…

Finding a Theme

A common problem I find among middle school students and perhaps even high school students is that they cannot develop a theme after reading a short story or even watching a short film. However, this can easily be remedied.

The Currency Of Knowledge

The first of many benefits of staying in school is having the grades to qualify you for a full scholarship to the best universities in the land. A degree can open doors to career paths and social circles not otherwise possible. In all, the right frame of mind, sheer will and determination, can lead to…

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