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Write a More SPECIFIC thesis

You will probably receive, or have received, the following feedback at some point: “Try to narrow your thesis.” This may seem odd; a thesis isn’t...

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Write a More ORIGINAL Thesis

One of the largest challenges to moving from middle-school and early high school writing to more advanced work is the challenge to write something original. This...

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Establish Your CREDIBLITY

If you want to convince someone of something, you need to be perceived as a credible person. There are proven ways to establish credibility, and once you are aware of...

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Stay Focused on YOUR thesis

Many students are familiar with the feedback, “you need to focus more!” But what does that mean? Nine times out of ten, students choose topics/arguments...

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ORGANIZE Your Argument

In his 1959 book The Uses of Argument, philosopher Stephen Toulmin analyzed the components of effective argumentation. Toulmin’s analysis yielded one of the most...

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