Trying to detangle and sort out a bunch of different ideas for someone else to read and understand, while not having an opportunity to ask you any questions, is not an easy task. But, it's a lot more difficult when you're not sure if you're on the right track or exactly what you're trying to say.
YOUR THESIS STATEMENT DRIVES YOUR ESSAY. TELL IT WHERE YOU NEED TO GO.
Let me give you all my tips & experience to get you thinking about essays & thesis statements a little differently so your ideas all connect, you spend time doing research that will actually help you, and you write with the finish line in sight.
I wish someone had told me that when you get your thesis statement right, you’ll have most of the answers you need to get from your first sentence to your last sentence.
In this 25 page thesis thinking manual, I show you how to write a thesis statement that ties your ideas together and sets boundaries to stop your ideas from wandering here, there & everywhere. The best part? I make sure to introduce you to the kinds of thesis statements you don't want to make an appearance in your essay. And, I've made it easy for you to catch these essay criminals by naming & profiling them. Because, what you can name, you can identify. And, what you can identify, you can catch & correct.
I don't just tell you how a thesis statement works.
I show you how to think through writing a thesis statement that will work for you.
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
EVER SAT DOWN TO WRITE AN ESSAY AND THOUGHT
Wait there's gotta be a better way to do this. I'm pretty sure there are few things I wasn't taught that, if I knew, would make writing assignments a lot less stressful. WHAT AM I MISSING?!?
Yep, I asked myself the same question & said the same things. You're not alone.
Stick with me and I'll show you how I solved the essay mystery & how you can, too!
My Thesis Thinking Digital Download takes an approach to crafting clear thesis statements so you get better grades and a better night's rest.
Grab my easy to understand Thesis Thinking Guide that takes the guesswork out of essay writing and arms you with a set of critical thinking skills to tackle all types of critical writing
I am absolutely in LOVE with this resource!! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and being a lifesaver.
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.
MAKE IT PERSUASIVE SEMINAR
Pour yourself a drink and whip out that notebook you've been looking for a reason to use! In this class, you're going to finally figure out the kind of content profs want to see & how to deliver it with a little writerly style.
I have a secret.
This is your chance to kick your ideas up a notch and get your profs nodding along as they read your essay! I'll share practical strategies to stretch your thinking and craft compelling arguments, while highlighting your unique personality, strong voice and insightful perspective.
Good ideas can be turned into great ideas when you know how to package them the right way.
Join me in this class and give your not too bad ideas the nudge they need to be transformed into ideas that capture your profs' attention, embrace your unique voice and make your essays grad school worthy!
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.
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'
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.
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:
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
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
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!
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
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.
Are you tired of stressing out because you've waited to the last minute to start writing your essay?
It's pretty much a rite of passage to leave a writing assignment until the last minute and have to sacrifice a night or two of sleep to stress-write with blurry, burning eyes an essay you knew about weeks ago.
Yes, I've been there. BUT, once I started figuring out how to start an essay instead of stress over an essay, and how to set start dates instead of due dates, the late nights and burning ideas disappeared.
Alright, let out that sigh of relief and now let's get you doing a little more relaxing and a little less stressing.
Essay writing shifts gears after high school. You get to take the reins and be the author of your academic journey - including what you write about!
Here's how I get you shifting gears to take some of the stress out of post-grad essays (I'd love to say all, but I need to keep it real...)
because most profs don't use rubrics to grade papers, I give you a list of questions to email or discuss with your prof so you can work towards exceeding their expectations
because profs don't assign essay questions, I include tips & strategies to turn your essay topic into a guiding question and get your research moving in the right direction
because profs don't walk you through the writing process, I set you up with a 7 step action plan to break it down into bite-size pieces and give you a road map to stop that little voice in your head from whispering 'But I don't know what to do...'
because profs don't check in to see where you're at in the writing process, I give you a handy organizer with a detailed timeline to keep you right on schedule
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
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.