Compare and Contrast Essay

compare-and-contrast-essayYou may have written lots of essays and think that, perhaps, you’ve known it all. Wait until you come across an essay that demands so many things – this essay popularised as the compare and contrast essay.

Basically, this essay is all about presentation; students get to have the chance to present the similarities and differences of two contending variables. On a deeper level, writing this essay requires more than presentation.

To avoid from putting up an overwhelming set of demands, the particulars of a compare and contrast essay will be divided using the Aristotelian concept.

Introduction: Big Umbrella & Objective

In writing the essay’s intro, take careful note that the actual action doesn’t have to commence until you reach the essay’s body part.

So, what’s for the introduction? Students are expected to open up with the general or umbrella category through which houses the subjects of comparison and contrast. Followed by this opening is a statement of which will explicitly convey the objective of such activities.

In other words, there has to be an answer as to why the comparing and contrasting of variables have to occur? Where does the significance lie? Who are the potential benefactors? All of this has to be cleverly wrapped up in a few paragraphs, as expected of all introductions.

Body: Alternating or Bulking

The bulk of the action starts with the body portion of your essay. You can start by highlighting in advance the parameters of comparison and contrast or leave this at the start (as a wrap up).

Students have at least two choices of essay outline to follow: (a) all similarities in one comparison and all differences in a single contrasting event, or (b) alternating similarities and differences. How you choose your outline or flow of comparing and contrasting is of equal importance with the tone by which you establish the relationship between the variables.

In most cases, comparing and contrasting adopts an exchange of features or advantages and disadvantages.


The last part is one of the oft-forgotten or oft-granted portion of a compare and contrast essay. Sometimes, when students fail to properly delegate the parts of the piece in accord to three parts, they find trouble putting up substantial stuff at the conclusion.

To avoid this, students need to know what to properly embed in an essay’s conclusion. The conclusion has to provide the results of the compare and contrast activity. Did it meet the aforementioned objectives (from introduction)? What insights could you gather out of the results of the comparing and contrasting? Does it bring you closer to understanding each variables, as well as, its relationship and contribution to its “umbrella category?” Answer all these for your essay’s conclusion.

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Becoming More Effective in Giving PowerPoint Presentations

Becoming-More-Effective-in-Giving-PowerPoint-PresentationsTime and time again, a number of university students fail to effectively use the tool called PowerPoint in their presentations. Giving a PowerPoint presentation may sound easy to accomplish, but actually, a student should know a few things that would allow him to fully utilise this academic tool. After all, PowerPoint presentations are the most used and abused method of relaying information in the academic setup.

So without much delay, here are some techniques a student can use when giving PowerPoint presentations.

  • A powerpoint slide should contain text that is no more or even equal to what the presenter would say during a presentation. Placing much text in a slide usually makes the audience read it instead of listening to the reporter. The slides are just the tool that the presenter employs to bring his point more effectively to the audience. They are just cue to what the presenter is going to say.
  • During presentations, the presenter should never turn his back against the audience. Maintaining eye contact is important if a student wants the audience to discern the information being conveyed. Likewise, audience engagement falls significantly if the presenter always turns his back against them. It would seem like that the presenter is not talking to them.
  • Use bullet points to emphasize only the most important items on the report. Instead of placing a whole paragraph into a slide, create bulleted items to highlight that these are the main points of the report or presentation. This would also prevent one from reading verbatim from the slide.
  • Use images that are relevant to the information contained in the slide. Humorous images and animated graphics could bring the text into life and boost the points mentioned. It also breaks the cycle of monotony and boredom prevalent on ineffective PowerPoint presentations. However, overuse and abuse of such images could be counterproductive.
  • Make sure that the text on the monitor could be seen by the last person on the back of the room. The presentation is for all present in the room, not only for those on the front.

Writing Essays for University Admission

Writing-Essays-for-University-AdmissionScribbling written pieces, like essays on psychology, is nothing foreign to students. It has been and remains to be one of the most common written exercises students do.

But writing essays for university admission is often a once-in-a-lifetime affair. Students do write several application essays in one sitting for several universities, but that’s that. As much as possible, they don’t want to write another again as this may mean that they haven’t had any luck last time.

At such rate, what do students do to complete their piece? Collated below are some of these activities:

  • Ask around. They’d ask career counsellors and admission officers. Visit open days and converse with existing students, faculty members and fellow applicants. Students attempt to open their radars for quite some time and filter relevant information from the nuisance.

  • List stuff. To ensure that no crucial personal information is missed, a list is most likely to be prepared by students. Such list may come in the form of an outline – academic, extracurricular, and work experiences.

  • Draft and leave. Now, when the spirit of the essayist gets students in ‘the writing zone,’ expect them to be busily drafting their admission essays. They’d write in accord to their gut feeling, ideas and so forth. Then, the spirit deserts them and then students have no choice but to temporarily stop. They’d wait for the next visit.

  • Proofreading like a pro. It’s important to do something with that essay – whether fixing its flow or structure, to correcting spelling, grammatical or punctuation errors. As long as you did something that will minimise the presence of errors and improve the essay, then that’s good and a job well done for today.

  • Read and revise. And when students decide to go critical with their own work, bits of slights would suddenly become a subject for a major or minor revision. Students should follow their urge to perfect their piece until they feel satisfied about it.

  • Consulting another. Perhaps, students don’t find themselves as effective critics of their own work – or, all of their energies have been spent on writing that critiquing seemed impossible. In this case, it is always wise to keep the company of those who can do better in critiquing your piece and collaborate with them in the name of a perfect admission essay.

Looking at all these, it is indeed, a busy time to be a student. But considering the rewards of actively working through it, students can get the fulfilment even before they got their welcoming letter from those universities they’ve applied. And that’s just grand.

A reminder: Expressing your thanks to those people who have helped you should not be forgotten.

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Doing Academic Essay Writing the Correct Way

Doing-Academic-Essay-Writing-the-Correct-WayAcademic writing refers to structured research that other scholars have written to be reviewed and assessed by other scholars. Within this context, all university students doing their writing as part of completing their requirements can be considered as academic writers. Students will be assigned a number of writing tasks such as academic essay writing, case study writing, writing reports and writing about the procedure followed in experiments as well as chronicling the results of these experiments. All students, regardless of the degree programme they are pursuing, will encounter academic essay writing tasks along the way. Many of these students especially those who are taking science-related courses are not expert writers. They will need essay writing help in order to produce well-written essays that conform to the high standards of academic essay writing. Below are several characteristics of a successful writer that will help provide essay writing help to students in completing their essay assignments and examinations:

  • Successful academic writers start doing research on their topic and writing early on. In fact, it is advisable to commence the preliminary stages of essay writing as soon as the details of the assignment are given by the professor or tutor. This will ensure that the student’s memory of the lesson related to the essay is still fresh in his or her mind. The student does not wait for the “right time” to begin researching for materials that will be the basis for the discussion in the essay because having this mindset just makes students prone to procrastination. In addition, successful writers are prolific writers because they already like to do writing as a means of self-expression, exploration and discovery.
  • Do not attempt to write an essay in its sequential order (meaning, from beginning to end) unless you are a highly advanced writer. Instead, create an outline first of all the important parts of the essay and then slowly fill these up with relevant content. Do not be concerned first with grammar, spelling or standards as you will have plenty of time to make corrections when you write the actual draft. The point of accomplishing this is to get out all of your creative ideas and record it.
  • Good writers constantly revise their work, as opposed to what some would like to believe that someone who is truly good at what he or she does will not need much practice. Within academic writing, adapting this superior frame of mind will do more harm than good. A true scholar always questions the way things are around him, even those that are already widely established as truths and is always curious. This will reflect in his or her writing. Whenever the writer sees that something does not look write or can still be improved, he or she will not hesitate to make corrections and admit the mistake.


Academic Tone in the Student’s Voice

Academic-Tone-in-the-Student’s-VoiceIt’s never easy to face an enemy, especially if it’s clothed in paper and ink. Yet, when it comes to writing a personal statement, a student is not without defence.

First and foremost, the statement is required to be as genuine as it could possible get. Furthermore, it requires the careful combination of the academic tone with that of your student-voice. How is that possible?

  • Select contents that are academically relevant – subject-based activities or programs you’ve participated, text or reference books you’ve read, special projects you’ve immersed yourself, and so forth.

  • Maintain the ‘student voice’ throughout – mention difficulties you’ve encountered in learning, time management and other such issues prevalent among students like yourself. Don’t forget implicating how you attempted to manage such issues.

  • Stick to assertions that are academically acceptable – this requires an active recognition of your statement’s readers: the admission tutors. Try to picture out what this people expect from the piece before directly writing a personal statement.

  • Maintain a brief discussion for your personal hobbies – it’s easy to get excited when discussing sports or hobbies that you are passionate about. However, it’s not a 100% necessity. Remind yourself that its inclusion is for the sake of implying your conformity to the ‘well-rounded’ student category.

  • Always link commitment to your desired course – this actually translates to picturing out the following imagery: how you will fare as a student, what do you envision to do in line to your course (implying a project or profession, perhaps), and what challenges are you willing to undertake in the name of the course.

  • Communicate your excitement as a learner – higher education is not just about career or prospective internships; it’s much about learning. You’ve been through learning since early child education; how will you convince the reader that you would want to learn more?

This is what writing a personal statement in academic tone and ‘student voice’ is about. Prepare to face the jitters of scribbling a lengthy account of your education by striking at the core: make the first draft and revise at your heart’s content.

Religion Essays: Making it Easy with Just Two

religion-essays-making-it-easy-with-just-twoThe study of religion is ever-so colourful that students themselves find its essays difficult to write. The difficulty lies in the lack of focus. Not focus that implies sitting for hours to tackle one or two essays on religion; but that lack of focus in the topic, due to the topic’s nature.

You see, religion has been well-mixed into people’s culture, in ways people themselves don’t find obvious. To help students work through this, it is important that they stick to these two:

  1. Mind Maps

  2. Hard-core researches

So, what are its promises? The lack of focus can be addressed by constantly reminding yourself that yah, you are going to write about Christianity, Buddhism, and so on – and not about fanatics or relics.

Though, yes, those mentioned stuff is intertwined with religion, you’re required to write about the ‘thought’ or understanding and not necessarily the manifestation.

Now, how does a mind map enter the picture? You wanted to remind yourself, right? While doing the whole research and reading for the religion essays, keep a mind map handy.

Mind maps are visual as much as contextual. Its capability to swiftly remind you of your mission is effective. It is an understated tool, but that doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.

Turning to the second suggestion, hard-core research: Why does it have to be ‘hard-core?’ It has to be hard-core to differentiate the ‘other’ types of study that surround the religion studies. Some research studies are better off for other essays, like psychology essays.

To narrow the focus, narrow your choices of research study. Search around the purlieu of religion studies and expect to find and read inputs that will reinforce that so-coveted focus.

You can have it made with these two, mind maps and hard-core researches, so stick with it. If you doubt it, try it. And observe the changes, the positive changes it stores for your essay writing. Revel in the seamlessness of this very conservative system.

It’s actually a system comprising of only two elements. And keeping it few happens to be good for your religion essays.

How to Write Assignments and Take Stock of Rewards

How-to-Write-Assignments-and-Take-Stock-of-RewardsYou’ve lost touch to the quote of the day. You’ve missed the tip of day and are not in the mood to munch through the fortune cookie that houses your day’s destiny. At the bottom of it, you only want one tip to learn – how to write assignments when you’re not at it.

Yes, that’s the miserable state you’re currently in. You find no delight in lifting that pen. The appeal of the sound of a clacking keyboard is not there. Rather, you feel like snuggling close to that corner of the bed and doze for good.

Or steal the remote and watch non-stop. Or take the trip to the nearest bar and drink like there’s no tomorrow. Evidently, something’s amiss here. If this is your usual procrastinating dilemma, a trip back to your waiting MBA assignments would do you good.

But it’s clearly not procrastination. Rather, you are feeling less rewarded for prior works and exerted efforts. And what will prove this to be right is that feeling – of wanting to do anything than tackle assignments.

If you still have time, it would indeed, be good to take a breather. Since this ill-feeling is due to an accumulation of no-reward, a simple tea break or sleep won’t be enough. Rather, compensate yourself with a much bigger-than-usual self-treats.

Perhaps, you’ve wanted to watch that long series of sci-fi shows, watch it. Or, you’ve been long eager to reward yourself with a clean room, spring clean every nook and cranny. Do whatever you want and put in mind that after this, you’d want to go back sweating out in the desk.

Perhaps, this is what learning how to write assignments is all about. Being able to know when to stop and pause to give yourself timely rewards – this is part of that learning. Another tip is for you to stop waiting to feel this ill – before you do something.

While you’re at it, reward yourself. Take a short nap, or warm baths. Jog and wear yourself out. Plan how to write assignments while cleaning your room, or doing something else.