What's with the cat pic? It's unexpected and relatable. - like my approach to academic writing - and it's relatable - because if you're going to teach something, you need to better know what your students are thinking. And - that's a pretty good word to sum up why I'm able to help you put your ideas in your writing.  I help put your ideas in your academic writing by by how I teach academic writing. I don't just talk about it. I turn it into something you see and give it a personality.  Stick with me and you'll see what I mean. 


AI'm obsessed with helping you put your ideas in your writing and think about writing in new ways. 

this isn't essay take-out.
it's dine-in only.

 Dipped in your own homemade sauce

AI'm obsessed with helping you put your ideas in your writing and think about writing in new ways. 

Seeing people share their ideas with confidence excites me. Our words matter, and I believe there is real power in knowing how to use words and communicate our thoughts to others effectively. But, you have to learn & earn this superpower. You have to challenge yourself to think in new ways and find what works for you. 

Ready for the good news? I got myself into grad school by figuring out what worked for me, and I've been figuring out what works for you for the past twenty years. I've tutored thousands of students one-on-one and, while I'm always learning, I know a lot of things that do work and (A LOT more!) things that don't work. 

different thesis statements for different students:

science student - mitochondria - powerhouse - of your essay

I am absolutely in LOVE with this resource!! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and being a lifesaver.

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It's great as I knew it would be...Now I know, I knew less than I did.

I wish I had this resource when I was writing essays in university! At least now all my students will be able to take advantage of it.  I know what I'll be teaching them for the next few months. 

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Here's the breakdown of what I cover:

5 COMMON TYPES OF THESIS STATEMENTS & HOW THEY'RE ORGANIZED 
with a labeled example for each type so you see the different parts

7 MOST COMMON MISTAKES YOU'RE LIKELY TO MAKE
with tips on how to catch & correct each one 

A THESIS EVALUATION CHECKLIST 
with a sample evaluation so you can see if your thesis is going to make the grade

STRATEGIES  TO NARROW YOUR TOPIC & SET BOUNDARIES 
so you know what your essay will and won't cover so you avoid doing unnecessary research and you're able to make a more focused & insightful argument

HOW TO SHIFT YOUR MINDSET BEYOND THE 3 ARGUMENT THESIS STATEMENT
and develop bigger picture thinking that profs want to see

THESIS STATEMENT MUST KNOWS
to make sure you have a solid foundation to ensure all your new ways of thinking are rooted in a solid foundation

Yikes! I almost forgot... 

To lock in all your new knowledge, I've included practice questions for you to test drive your new skills & get the confidence boost you need to fast-track your results 

PART !

Do This, Not This

Ever get the feeling that the rules of academic writing are a bit shifty? Writing is one of those grey zones where it sometimes feels like no two teachers are ever quite on the same page.

 

    I'll get you on the right track and demystify argumentative writing so you know exactly what you're working towards. And, just to make sure you steer clear of possible landmines, I'll point out all the red flags profs notice in persuasive writing to safeguard your grade from taking a serious hit. 

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PART 1 SUMMARY:

5 MYTHS OF ACADEMIC WRITING

because it's not always clear what you should and shouldn't be doing in an essay

RED FLAGS THAT CATCH PROFS' ATTENTION

because when you know what they are, you can avoid them and keep the checkmarks flowin'

PART 3

Find Your Style

Now that you're thinking more critically & creatively, it's time to make your voice shine on paper!

 

In Part 3, I spill a few of the best kept writing secrets to give your writing an author's edge. Instead of sounding like a wordy, pompous scholar, you'll learn how to make language & sentence structure work for you and harness a voice that's strong, engaging and undeniably you. 

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PART 2

Deep Dive Thinking

Great ideas come from diving beneath a text's surface. I'll teach you 4 effective critical reading strategies that are guaranteed to get you reading and thinking more like a prof!

 

    By the end of this section, you'll be thinking more creatively and writing more critically as you dive below the surface of a text to extract the kind of content that turns your good ideas into amazing ideas.

PART 2 SUMMARY:

PART 3 SUMMARY:

TRANSPARENCY IN LANGUAGE

because you'll never make a strong argument if your reader doesn't believe you're credible & knowledgeable

SENTENCES WITH POP!

because even the most compelling ideas stated poorly lose their lustre

SAY WHAT YOU MEAN & SHOW WHO YOU ARE

because academic writing done right feels more like a conversation, and you need to make sure you're a participant

4 TYPES OF CONTENT PROFS WANT

because good essays share good ideas, but outstanding essays share outstanding ideas

EXAMPLES OF GOOD CONTENT FROM A GREAT AUTHOR

because seeing this type of thinking at work gives you a blueprint to use in your own writing 

PART4 SUMMARY:

SIZING UP A PARAGRAPH

because cramming your ideas into a box that's too small creates confusion, and having your ideas float around in big, open spaces creates more confusion!

OUTLINING 101

because order and structure don't just appear, you need to build them into your argument

THE FIRST SENTENCE

because essays that make the grade start and finish strong

PART 4

Level Up Your Form

Content? Check. Style? Check. Form? Absolutely needs to be checked! Framing your ideas and knowing how to structure them is essential to crafting compelling arguments, and so that's where we wrap up!

 

Before you leave class, I make sure to set you up for success on your next paper. You'll sign out knowing how to write a must-read-twice opening line and put together a simple, but effective outline to make sure your reader (your prof!) follows your argument from intro to conclusion and crosses the finish line wearing a smile of agreement.

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I absolutely LOVED the Make It Persuasive seminar, and I would 100% sign up for any future seminars. Every word you spoke was so valuable. I could attend this seminar over and over again and still take something new out of it each time.

A very well organized and well presented seminar. Jenn provided the tools and resources necessary to writing a thoughtful and effective paper. She used a sample essay to demonstrate her key points and provided a printable resource to use throughout the presentation that included tips, examples and space to take notes - a useful tool for all future papers.

Jenn touched on aspects of writing that I'd never (ever) been taught to consider. She provided incredibly insightful ways to approach critical thinking, supporting arguments, even word choice. Jenn skills you in a manner that works to elevate your personal style and voice. I actually left wanting to write a persuasive essay for no reason.

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simply AMAZING!

3 Dates, 3 Classes, 3 Options

I'm not sure these classes are going to be inducted into the new year. The good news? They're here and ready for you to take advantage of right now. Sign up for 1, 2  - or grab all 3 and treat yourself to an early holiday gift at a special holiday price. 

I need to tell you about a few extra  sprinkles....

...because I know essays can sometimes make you want to scream into a pillow, and I want to do everything I can to help you kick-start your writing & get to the next level!

KICK-START YOUR SUCCESS WITH

PERSONAL CLASS ORGANIZER: 
Don't worry about getting lost during class. I'm giving you a class organizer, complete with key ideas and mini-summaries, to keep you on track during class and when you're writing your next essay

MAKE IT PERSUASIVE CHECKLIST:
I don't want you forgetting what to do when you begin your next assignment. That's why I put together a comprehensive checklist for you to use as a quick reference during both your writing (and editing!) phase

IT'S NOT ABOUT WRITING ONE AWESOME SENTENCE. IT'S ABOUT WRITING ONE SENTENCE THAT WILL MAKE EVERY OTHER SENTENCE MATTER. 

MASTERCLASS

Your Best Essay 

Crack Open the Text and Pull Out Your Ideas

Is there anything more frustrating than wanting to write your essay but not knowing what to say? Or, setting aside a chunk of time to write only to end up with a bunch of half sentences and scribbled out words? Ugh, I've been there. And, let me tell you - because I used to think this was true - blank screens aren't a symptom of poor writing skills. They're a symptom of disengaged reading.
     If you're ready to end your ongoing and dreadful relationship with the blinking cursor, this class is for you. I'll give you a strategic plan to crack open a text and pull out your ideas so that when you've finished reading, you'll have a stack of notes filled with ideas to write your essays in less time and with less stress. 

DETAILS

FREE

December 7th

10:30 -11:30 am (EST)

INCLUDES:

  • 50 mins. live instruction

  • class organizer 

  • Q & A session 

BONUS:

  • guided practice mini-workbook

LIVE ONLINE CLASS

Editing Beyond Punctuation

Swap, Cut and Shift Your Writing to Its Finest Form

Sure, commas and periods matter. But, that's not all there is to editing. I've seen - and helped - students take a good paper and make it outstanding simply by swapping one paragraph with another one, placing one idea directly beside another idea, and breaking one paragraph into two paragraphs. I'll show you, before-and-after style, how to edit your writing to give it a sleeker shape and a more chiseled form.

DETAILS

$42

TBD

INCLUDES:

  • 50 mins. live instruction

  • class organizer 

  • Q & A session 

BONUS:

  • guided practice workbook

LIVE ONLINE CLASS

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Sentences

Get Rid of the Clutter and Make Space for Clarity 

Is there anything more frustrating than wanting to write your essay but not knowing what to say? Or, setting aside a chunk of time to write only to end up with a bunch of half sentences and scribbled out words? Ugh, I've been there. And, let me tell you - because I used to think the same thing - blank screens aren't a symptom of poor writing skills. They're a symptom of disengaged reading.
     If you're ready to end your ongoing and dreadful relationship with the blinking cursor, this class is for you. I'll give you a strategic plan to crack open a text and pull out your ideas so that when you've finished reading, you'll have a stack of notes filled with ideas to write your essays in less time and with less stress. 

DETAILS

$42

TBD

INCLUDES:

  • 50 mins. live instruction

  • class organizer 

  • Q & A session 

BONUS:

  • guided practice workbook

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