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The #1 Ingredient for a 12 Essay

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So true confession: I hate cooking. Come to my pad and be amazed by my exquisitely curated and decorated space, but open my fridge and prepare to be aghast. There is literally no food inside. I eat out virtually all the time, but once in a blue moon, I’ll try my hand at making something myself…like Instant Noodles. Just kidding. See, …

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How to Crack Logic-Based Inference Questions

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I’ve touched upon inference questions in an earlier post (remember: ask yourself WHY something was written, not just WHAT was written). But logic-based inference questions get their own special article because they are a more specialized and advanced subcategory of inference questions. These questions truly test if you know WHY something was written. They don’t just ask what can be inferred …

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I Bet You Can’t Summarize for Sh*t

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Sorting Through the Trash and Finding the Gems… If you’ve ever worked with a tutor, he’s probably asked you to summarize what you read to him. That’s good. It helps him see if you really got the point of the passage. But let me make one thing absolutely clear: summarizing a passage is totally different than restating its ideas. You …

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Understanding WHAT You Read is Not Enough

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Did you know that understanding a sentence requires more than understanding what it said? There are actually two levels of understanding: What it actually says (superficial first level) What purpose/role/function it serves (deeper second level) There is a ginormous difference between WHAT something said and WHY it was said. Remember back in elementary school when we played the most annoying game on earth…the …

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Using Reverse Examples & Evidence

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One of the most common complaints I hear from students is that they can’t come up with good examples quickly enough for their essays. But what I want you to know is… You don’t have to use examples that support your point directly You can also use reverse examples to support your point indirectly Let’s say you want to argue that teens need …

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How to Transition Between Paragraphs — Template Part V

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series SAT Essay Template

We’re onto Paragraph 3 now. It’s exactly the same as Paragraph 2 with one exception. You still start with a topic sentence, but because this is your second example paragraph, you need to seamlessly transition between the end of Paragraph 2 and the beginning of Paragraph 3. Something as simple as “Another situation where…” or “(Your example) is another event …