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Thesis Thinking: 

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Find Your Voice &
Write Like A Grad  

Probably Everything You Need to Know About Thesis Statements

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7 Steps to Writing A Strong Essay in University

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Make It Persuasive  1 Hr. Seminar - Recorded & Ready to Go
 

 

Give your essay a steering wheel and drive up your grades 

Overhaul your essay by fine-tuning its most important sentence 
 

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Thesis Thinking  

Digital Tutorial 

No one asked me this and I wish they had. So, I'm asking you.
Are you on good terms with your thesis statement or, as my dad would say, has it flown away with the birds?
My dad's a farm boy. Maybe it was a popular expression among farmers?
Your thesis is one of those things that either works for you or against you. It doesn't play the field - which makes it easy to figure out if you and your thesis are playing on the same team or not.
Maybe you haven't thought about your relationship status with your thesis statement. I can help you figure that out. 

    7 Signs YourThesis Isn't the Right One for You    
 

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You don't know what to read and what not to read.
If your research had a style, it would be eclectic with a fair bit of, "Yeah, sure This might be helpful." 
You don't know which class notes to focus on.
You've done the course readings, but you're not sure which ones to dig into a little more and which ones you should leave for the birds (another spin on my dad's catch-all phrase)

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You couldn't give a definition of one
but, you've definitely heard of it.

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You've been told different things by different teachers.
Your high school teacher said it lists your supporting arguments, your prof says it doesn't. Who's right?

  5.  

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.

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You don't know when to write it or where to put it - fingers crossed it lands somewhere and your prof finds it
 

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You write it once and don't touch it or look at it again, kind of like that thing you bought a while back with good intentions but now it's shoved in drawer somewhere For me, that thing is a day planner.
Most of the big problems you have when researching & writing your essay - not knowing what to include, what to read, or where to put your time - can be traced back to a bad/ weak/ MIA thesis statement. These kinds of headaches, I can fix.
In my printable guide with a bonus mini-workbook, you'll get the full job description of a thesis statement, along with a plan of attack to catch and correct the top 7 thesis statements most likely to cause you stress and damage your essay. 
 I give you the profiles of the most headache-inducing and toxic thesis statements. And, I show you how to fix them up, before and after style, so you can bring home the grades you want.
Like lots of examples? Perfect. Me, too. Last count, I think I had 25 of them in this tutorial. And, I've included a wide range of interesting topics to keep you awake. Madonna, Hamlet and tuition fees are a few that make the short list. 
 

DID YOU KNOW?

A good thesis statement doesn't just get you a better grade - it also...

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SAVES YOU TIME 
it's like a map - it tells you what direction to go so you don't waste time trying to figure out what to say
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TELLS YOU WHAT TO RESEARCH
it sets boundaries so you know what you need to research and what you don't
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PULLS YOUR IDEAS TOGETHER
it's a  point of return, so as you find your ideas you have a place to tether them
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TELLS YOUR READER WHAT TO EXPECT
it gives your reader (your prof!) a  heads up and keeps a few of the "need to explain" comments from appearing
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MAKES YOU A BETTER COMMUNICATOR
it makes you think about how you use your words and how small changes can make a big difference 
Let's face it. It's time to break up with your current thesis statement and get one that works for you.

Thesis Statement Deal Breakers

Here's how you know your thesis needs an intervention

3 is a random number and lists are unnecessary. I'll show you how to tie your ideas together and officially dump your high school thesis statement.

You're not matching your thesis to your assignment 

Thesis statements are shapeshifters. And, their shape needs to reflect your essay question. I'll introduce you to the 5 most common types of thesis statements, along with an annotated example of each, so you find your perfect match.

You're not setting boundaries. 

An essay without boundaries is like a blender without a lid. I'm just going to leave you with that visual.

You're still listing 3 supporting arguments 

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

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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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You won't find this in a bookstore. And, it's not available on Google, either. 

Here's the tutorial that will teach you in a couple of hours what I've learned tutoring for twenty plus years.
 

It's time to meet your Mr. Right thesis statement that will save you time and give you your happy ending ...

That's what I help you do!
I'm a thesis statement match-maker.

Sure, you could Google a bunch of websites that tell you about thesis statements. Or, you could meet and get to know the 7 types of thesis statements most likely to cause you trouble.  
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 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. 

    7 Types of Thesis Statements You'll Meet   
 

    ...and learn how to makeover   
 

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The 'Whoa! Rein it in' Thesis
the wild one - it has far too much to say & way too many places to go

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The 'Watch Your Words' Thesis
the one that doesn't pay language the respect it deserves and needs a lesson in word choice

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The 'Almost-But-Not-Quite' Thesis
this one has something to say, but no one really knows why they should listen

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The 'Pit Bull' Thesis
this one barks personal opinions and speaks its mind with a little too much gusto

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The 'Ornate' Thesis
this one wandered into an academic garden and its message got lost in the foliage - it needs deflowered and pruned

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The 'This or That' Thesis
the indecisive one that wants to play on too many teams

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The Flaky Thesis
this one uses trendy cultural phrases that are next to impossible to define

Ready to write a winning essay? You need to have a long, hard conversation with your thesis statement. This tutorial is the conversation  you need to have.

 

Uncover your ideas... and watch your essay light up

Mute the unnecessary summary and put your voice on speaker phone
 

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Find Your Voice & Write Like A Grad

Digital Tutorial 

Let me tell you something that no one told me - but I wish they had. 
Your ideas need to steal the show - because as long as you keep talking about other people's ideas, you'll be chasing grades until the cows come home. 
My dad's a farm boy and he tells me cows never come home...as far as I can tell, he seems to be right.
Grammar / sentence structure / paragraph organization - all these things take a backseat to insightful thinking. Sure, where you put your comma matters - but it's your ideas that make or break your grade. You're not going to fail an essay for misplacing a comma. But, you will if you don't say what you're thinking.
Ohhh, did you catch that last line? Read it again. You ALREADY have ideas and thoughts of your own! In this tutorial, I show you how to dig 'em up, shake 'em out and shine 'em up. (That sentence just reads so much easier without the 'ths' in it.)
I'll show you 50 ways to talk back to authors and give you, word-for-word, the questions you need to ask & answer to reveal your hidden thoughts. This is your manual to shutting up that "what should I write / I have nothing to say" nagging voice in your head and show that blinking cursor who's boss. 

      This tutorial is right for you if...     
 

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you're always being told you have some good ideas, but you need to explain them more 
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your notes are filled with quotes, page numbers, definitions, key dates and lots of dot jots summarizing what you've read
 
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after you've finished reading a text, you put it down and quickly move onto the next one hoping another text will spark your ideas 
 
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you're not really sure what the difference is between summarizing, explaining and critical thinking
 
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you keep being told to engage with the text and you wish everyone would stop using that word and just tell you what it means
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you're often told to be more specific in your writing and to choose your words more carefully
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you don't want to be told what critical & creative thinking are, you want to see what they look like so you can recognize them in your own writing 
Here's the deal.


You can't let authors charm you. You have to grow a pair  - of claws - and scratch beneath the surface of an author's big words and attractive sentences to reveal what an author's really telling you. I help you find your claws and show you where you to start digging. 
In this digital tutorial, I break down critical thinking & creative thinking into its basic ingredients. Then, I give you my personal, homemade recipe to whip up a big batch of your most insightful ideas in 4 simple steps. The best part? You don't need to be a master chef to follow this recipe. No jargon, no guesswork, no confusion. 
Don't like wordy, paragraph format instructions? Me, neither. That's why I've filled this tutorial with charts, visual aids, examples, annotations, bullet point recaps and a few magazine style columns. In about an hour, you'll know what you can do right now to kick unnecessary summary out of your essay and carve out a space for your own strong, authentic voice.
And, to make sure your ideas make it out of your head and on to the paper, I set you up with 100+ critical writing sentence starters - categorized and colour coded for quick and easy reference. 

What if I gave you a 4 step plan, with instructions akin to a bag of microwaveable popcorn, to find your ideas and lure them out of the dark?

Yeah, I know what you're thinking, "My essay would be poppin'. "
 

Sounds good, right? Let's make it happen. 

   HERE'S HOW YOU KNOW IT WORKS...    
 

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I don't tell you it's easy.
The steps are simple to follow.
But, you still have to put in the work... and lots of it.
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I don't teach formulas.
Writing formulas limit your thinking and make writing a fill-in-the-blank exercise. I'm not into that. I teach you to be an explorer.

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I don't dish out quick fixes.
I teach you how to think and see writing in new ways. Hacks don't work and I want nothing to do with them.   

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I don't guarantee A's.
But, I do guarantee you'll start thinking & writing more like an A student - and that's really where you need to start.

Here's what I teach students when they need to amplify their voice, move beyond summarizing....
and jack up their grades

Start writing essays that highlight you!