Notes for summary-response essay

Regarding the coming summary-response essay, I have some notes to remind you some important information that need to be included in the essay. 1. Summary paragraph It is just about summarizing, not giving opinion. Therefore, be careful of using some phrases that express your opinion, namely, “I think”, “in my view”, “agree”, “disagree”, “unconvincing”, or … Continue reading Notes for summary-response essay

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Good summary

A good summary is not too long, not too short but have enough essential information of the original text. What are included in a good summary? The original text with full name of title of the article, name of the author(s). Main point of the text that the author(s) stated in the original. A variety … Continue reading Good summary

Good Annotation

Why do we need annotation? When we read a book or a text, taking some notes on the margin can help you to remember and digest the content thoroughly. However, it doesn't mean that you can write whatever you want on the margins. The notes must be related to the content, concise, correct, useful, and … Continue reading Good Annotation

How to use Colon, Dash, and Semi-colon

We've just practiced using semi-colon, dash, and colon in the class. However, some of you are still confused about the usage of these punctuation. Thus, I'll present some examples for you to distinguish the difference between these three and use them correctly. 1. Semi-colon I think it is the easiest punctuation among the three because … Continue reading How to use Colon, Dash, and Semi-colon

Common mistakes in combining sentences

Combining sentences is a method to help you reduce sentence redundancy, avoid repeated words, shorten the length of the sentence, and make you essay more concise. However, combining sentences is sometimes tricky, and it will affect the meaning of the sentence if you combine incorrectly. When I took a look on your homework about combining … Continue reading Common mistakes in combining sentences

Annotating tips

Perhaps some of you are not familiar with annotating. Don't worry! If you practice, you can master it. Annotating is not hard if you get used to it. The purpose of annotating is to understand clearly the authors' ideas in the texts as well as identify the strategies the authors use to express their ideas. … Continue reading Annotating tips

Citation VS In-text citation

Some of you still have the problem of using incorrect in-text citations, and some of you still don't have any ideas about it. This post will help you distinguish the difference between citations in Works Cited page and in-text citations. Why do we need citations? Usually, your ideas are not originally from you. They might … Continue reading Citation VS In-text citation

Check list before writing an academic essay in MLA style

Since I have been seeing many of you having the same mistakes in formatting, this is the check list you have to remember to write/type an appropriate academic essay in MLA style. Before you start to write/type your academic essay, please be sure that these following steps are completely done. 1/ Heading Follow this order: This … Continue reading Check list before writing an academic essay in MLA style

How to do with Works Cited

Works Cited is not so hard, but it's quite complicated to remember. Thus, I got some quick reviews about it for you. I hope that will help. These are some tips you can use for Microsoft Word. I don't use Pages or Google Doc so I cannot show you clearly how to do with Works … Continue reading How to do with Works Cited