Category: Essays

How Do Teachers Grade Papers?

on February 3, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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There are a lot of myths about school, like being able to leave the classroom with impunity if the teacher is ten minutes late and the one about what the meatloaf is made of. One myth popular in high school and college is that multiple-choice and short-answer tests are “more objective” than essay assignments. Students […]

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How to Write an A Paper

on December 26, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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You read the assignment carefully. You cite your sources perfectly. You stick to the scope of the class. You answer every last question. You submit your essay with pride. You get a B. You feel, quite rightly, frustrated. Just what the #@&! do you have to do, you wonder, to get an A? If you’re […]

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ESL/EFL Guide to English Essay Writing

on July 1, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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Expressing yourself effectively in writing is a challenge for most people, but for non-native speakers of English, the task can be much harder. If you have a rapidly approaching due date for an essay in English and are thinking of running the other way, take a minute to let ProofreadingPal show you some of our […]

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How to Avoid Wordiness

on May 21, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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Cut Adjectives and Adverbs This is something Ernest Hemingway became famous for. While working as a reporter, he learned to cut unnecessary words and get to the point of a story as fast as possible, claiming that all those extra adjectives/adverbs could be filled in by readers’ imaginations and the context of the story. Take […]

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6 Tips for Citing Sources Smoothly

on May 1, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in APA
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You’ve done the research, and now it’s time to make sure you use it correctly. That means writing citations. Including proper citations is most likely a significant part of the grade you will receive. Even if you’ve got strong writing skills, your grade will suffer if your citations are bad. Also, if you don’t cite […]

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How to Outline an Essay

on April 27, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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The single biggest time waster in writing is staring at the blank page. I’m not talking about writer’s block. I’m talking about trying to write that first sentence for your essay, struggling to figure out what you want to say and how to say it at the same time. That’s not writer’s block; that’s a […]

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6 Easy Steps for Writing Faster

on April 24, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Books and Manuscripts
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1. Develop a Clear Goal Before beginning any project, sit down and think about what you want to accomplish. If you’re an undergraduate, think about what grade you want to receive and what you need to do to achieve it. If you’re a researcher, establish your problem and design your research questions before anything else. […]

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What Plagiarism Is and How to Avoid It

on April 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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“Plagiarism” comes from the Latin word for “kidnapper.” It’s using another person’s ideas or words without giving them credit. Simple indeed. Here’s another thing that’s pretty simple: catching a plagiarist in the act. Try it yourself. Pick up a nearby book, open it randomly, and Google any old sentence you come to. I did that […]

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8 Tips to Make Your Writing Sound More Formal

on March 26, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Essays
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Here at ProofreadingPal, we get a lot of requests to “elevate tone,” “create a scholarly tone,” and “increase the formality,” and even “help this sound smart.” Truthfully, we cannot make you sound “smart.” There is no substitute for good ideas, but we can (and do) help you elevate your tone and make you sound like […]

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Fast Proofreading Services for Rush Projects

on December 21, 2013 by Brian Kaldenberg in Admissions Essays
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ProofreadingPal offers fast proofreading services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our 3-, 6-, and 10-hour turnaround speeds make us one of the fastest proofreading services available.

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Be Yourself When You Write Essays

on March 11, 2012 by Mike in Essays
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Unfortunately, we see many misguided essays here at ProofreadingPal on a daily basis. And one of the fundamental suggestions we always offer to those clients is to “be yourself when you write.”

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Strunk and White are Still Dead or How Writers Can Stay Alive

on October 16, 2011 by Mike in Essays
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There are some rules of English grammar that are, and probably will remain, nearly absolute. But that does not mean all grammar rules are immutable. After all, while gravity is the law, much of grammar is only a suggestion. So how do you know when to obey the gods of grammar and when not to? The applicable law is complex in its simplicity. Here it is: If it works, it’s right. If it doesn’t, it’s wrong.

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Strunk and White are Dead

on October 13, 2011 by Mike in Essays
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I admit it. I used to teach grammar. But it wasn’t my fault. I was merely a product of my upbringing. I had been taught that grammar rules. As a student in what was then called junior high, I had excelled at diagramming sentences. I never dangled participles. Moreover, I created conventional transitions with such gracious terms as “However” and “Nonetheless.” I could spot a gerund with my eyes closed. When I advanced to high school, I never sought to foolishly split infinitives. I never used a preposition to end a sentence with. I never used the first person. I didn’t use contractions. And I never started a sentence with a conjunction. I fervently sought to compose fully developed paragraphs, each containing a clearly identifiable thesis statement and at least three supporting points. Sentence fragments? Never. Structure was everything. Those imposters, style and voice, were the enemy. Intellectual, academic, “proper” writing required nothing less than full submission to pedantic tradition and the gods of grammar. And so it was that, as a young student, I dutifully read Strunk and White’s venerated tome, The Elements of Style. But I never liked it. Originally written and self-published in 1919 by Cornell University English professor William Strunk Jr., the 43-page opus was edited and revised into an 85-page work by Strunk’s former student, E.B. White, in 1959. By then White was a revered author, essayist, and editor. In his updated 1971 introduction, White calls Strunk’s original work “an attempt to cut the vast tangle of English rhetoric down to size and write its rules and principles on the head of a pin.” White admired that effort, but he did not find it infallible. He explained that his revised edition deleted “errors and bewhiskered entries.” White wrote that his revised edition was “a thorough overhaul” of Strunk’s original.

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