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Thesis Thinking  

Digital Tutorial 

Overhaul your essay by fine-tuning its most important sentence 


What if I told you when you get your thesis statement right, you’ll have most of what you need to get from the first sentence of your essay to your last one? Wait - it gets better. What if I told you this one sentence would also save you time doing research and that it would work like a magnet to pull all your ideas together? I'll give you a behind-the-scenes look at good, bad and boring thesis statements to take your essay from bla, bla, bla - to BANG ON. 

Let's jump in. Here's what you'll learn in this digital tutorial




Thesis Statement Must Knows
what it is, when to use one, where it belongs in an essay, when you should write it 
How to Evaluate Your Thesis Statement
using an evaluation checklist
5 Common Ways to Structure A Thesis Statement
and what to look for in your essay question to know which one to use


7 Common Thesis Problems & How to Correct Them
..because you can't fix something unless you know why it's broken


How to Write a Non-List Thesis Statement
..and move from high school writing into uni/college writing


BONUS Fast-Track Section
a practice section to apply your new learning and see your new skills in action

and, here's a taste of what it looks like

and, here are some numbers you need to know


the number of hours it would take you to cover this material in a class setting with me


the number of ways I give you to catch & correct a weak  thesis statement



the total number of pages in this digital tutorial -  not including the cover page
the number of thesis statements you'll read and learn how to analyze

Learn in a couple of hours what I've spent 20 years learning... and for less than the cost of one tutoring session.

  Not sure if this is the right tutorial for you? Let's find out. 

You don't know what to read and what not to read when you begin your research
If your research had a style, it would be eclectic with a fair bit of, "Sure, this might be helpful." 
Your ideas don't add up to one big point and you don't know how to connect the dots 
You've been told different things by different teachers.
Your high school teacher said a thesis lists your supporting arguments, your prof says it doesn't. Who's right?
Your teachers keep telling you to pull your ideas together and you have no clue what that means so you keep writing longer and longer conclusions.
You're always trying to figure out what you should and shouldn't include in your essay and, at some point, you decide to just include all of it to  cover your bases

You want to....

be intentional in your writing to save you time and stress
write a thesis satatement that will take you from the start line to the finish line
think more critically about writing so you can apply your learning from one writing assignment to another
move beyond writing formulas and thesis statements that list 3 arguments to write more like a scholar and less like a student

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


SOOOO CLEVER! And, the layout is PERFECT!

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! At least now my students will be able to take advantage of it. I know what I'll be teaching for the next few months. 


Now, here's how you know it works. I don't just tell you what a thesis statement is. I introduce you to 7 thesis statements. 

Have you ever walked down a street and seen someone who looks familiar? I bet you have.

Next thing you know, you're sifting through a list of names trying to see which one fits the face. Why do you do this? Because names assure you that you know someone, and they give you a context to understand how you know them.
If you're going to write better essays, you need to be able to recognize the features of good, bad, and boring thesis statements - and, most importantly - you need to know how to fix the not-so-good ones.

That's what I show you how to do in this tutorial. It's extreme makeover - thesis statement style. 

You'll meet & learn how to makeover...

The Whoa! Rein It In Thesis

this one has too much to say and causes you to waste time reading unnecessary texts

3 types of words to avoid in your thesis 
the 7 most common mistakes you're likely to make when writing a thesis statement and several ways to fix each one
a 2-step strategy for turning a list thesis statement into a non-list thesis statement
exactly what to look for when you evaluate your thesis
how to begin a conversation with your thesis to make sure it does what you want and saves you time and stress

 By the end of this tutorial, you'll know...

the 5 hallmarks of a strong thesis statement and how to make sure your thesis has them
5 different ways to organize a thesis and how to use your essay question to help you decide which organization pattern to use

And, then there are the peripheral benefits...

You'll be able to identify vague, general and informal language which will improve the overall quality of your writing
You'll be able to apply all of your learning to write clearer and more focused topic sentences since both thesis statements and topic sentences use big picture thinking 
You'll begin to develop your own internal critical voice, from all of the detailed explanations, which will be invaluable to you on every writing assignment
You'll think about writing in new ways and this will make you a more skilled and competent student
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