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Thesis Thinking


clear & focused essays begin here.

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?

Stick with me and I'll show you how to write a thesis statement that will take your essay from bla, bla, bla - to BANG ON in record time.

Typing on a Laptop

It's possible to sit down, open your laptop, and know exactly what you want to say. You don't need to be an A student or have a PhD to write an essay that's clear and focused. What you really need is a thesis statement that works for you.

  When you get your thesis statement right, you don't waste time reading unnecessary articles, or stress out wondering if you've just spent the last hour writing a bunch of useless sentences.  Because - a good thesis statement steers your essay and tells you exactly where you need to go. Think of it like the academic equivalent of WAZE.

    In just over an hour (maybe 2), I'll show you how to craft a thesis statement that will straighten out your thinking, pull your ideas together and get both you and your prof across the finish line.

Does this sound like you? 

You don't know what to read and what not to read so you bookmark every article thinking, "Yeah, this might be helpful." 
You think to yourself repeatedly, "What am I really trying to say?" 
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're given feedback on your essays like:  "hard to follow," "jumps around," "unrelated to your topic," "lacking direction," "beginning to develop," or "why?" 

I get it. I had the same problems in undergrad. I thought I sucked at writing. But, then I became a writing tutor and, surprisingly, figured out the real reason I felt lost and overwhelmed with writing essays. I didn't suck at writing. I just sucked at writing thesis statements. 


Here's what you can expect to show up in your inbox when you grab this tutorial...


Thesis Statement Must Knows 

Here's where I break down everything you need to know about a thesis statement. I'll answer all of your questions: what it is, when to use one, where it belongs in an essay, when you should write it, and who it helps. I'll also debunk a few common myths that might be holding you back from writing your best essay.


Evaluating Your Thesis Statement & Setting Boundaries

You want to make sure your thesis has everything it needs to get you from start to finish. In this section, I'll set you up with a thesis evaluator  so you can be sure your thesis is going to take the guesswork out of knowing what to say. Then, you'll dive into a lesson to show you how to make your argument "just the right size" so you keep your  research in check and your analysis specific.


5 Ways to Structure Your Thesis Statement

Here, I'll introduce you to 5 different ways to organize your thesis and show you how to match your thesis to your writing prompt. You'll learn how the task words used in your essay question can help you figure out what kind of thesis will work best, and how a clearly defined thesis plays a role in your essay's structure.


Catching & Correcting 7 Common Thesis Problems

The truth is thesis statements can be a little slippery and jump right out of your hands if you don't handle them with care. That's why a big chunk of this tutorial focuses on teaching you to recognize the features of unhelpful, wordy, boring and just plain bad thesis statements. You'll meet 7 different thesis statements that might unexpectedly turn up in your essay, and you'll be ready to catch and correct all of them. It's extreme makeover - thesis style. 


How to Write a Non-List Thesis Statement

This section picks up where far too many high school English classes leave off - with the one sentence, 3 point thesis statement. In other words, it takes you from writing for high school to writing for uni / college. Here, I'll give you practical ways to think beyond the 3 point thesis to add maturity and complexity to your critical writing and propel your writing to the next level. 

there's one more thing I'm going to send you because I know you want to see big changes in your writing and your grades!




I'm all about seeing results and knowing I got good value for my time and money. I'm sure you are, too. So, after you've completed the tutorial, I've created a mini-workbook for you to test drive your new skills along with a detailed answer key and explanations for you to note the sections you crushed and the ones you're going to want to review a little more. 


You can change how you write and stop feeling lost and overwhelmed when you have an essay due. How do I know?  Because I did it and I've helped 100s (1000s?) of students do the same .

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
specific words to avoid in your thesis that steer your writing in the wrong direction and cause you a lot of unnecessary frustration
the 7 most common mistakes you're likely to make when writing a thesis statement and how to catch and 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

and let's not forget 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

btw, here's a sneak peek inside!


and, here are some pretty cool numbers 


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


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


the total number of pages - not including the cover page


the number of thesis statements you'll study and analyze with me

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. 

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