How Teachers Grade my Paper

I’ve graded almost 30,000 essays in my 25 years as a teacher in nearly every subject area. In order to keep my sanity and get through that work, I (and every other teacher) must rely on a defined process. As teachers, we all have similar writing assessment processes, but more often than not these processes […]

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TOEFL Test Prep for Writing

What is the TOEFL Exam? The TOEFL Exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a standardized English test with four parts.  Reading Speaking Listening Writing The test lasts for about three hours and is meant to measure your English comprehension and communication skills. Since writing is the second-longest section of the exam, proactive planning […]

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Benefits of Using AI Writing Software

What do you know about Artificial Intelligence (AI)? It’s a hot topic these days for schools, teachers, and students.  Defined in the most basic sense, AI is technology that does something humans do. Too often we imagine AI as a robot with superior intellect or a computer system that will make humans unnecessary (thanks Hollywood), […]

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Why a Virtual Writing Tutor is the Best Choice for Test Prep

When you’re getting ready to take the SAT®, the ACT, or another standardized test, the stakes are high. Graduate school, college, and even competitive high school admission is not something to take lightly. It’s normal to feel anxious about the writing section of a test. Portions of standardized tests are black and white. You either […]

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College Application Essay Prompts (for Parents)

As parents, we want the best for our children, but knowing when to step in and when to keep our distance can sometimes be a tricky path to navigate. Presumably, our goal is to raise independent thinkers and self-sufficient adults who can manage deadlines and uncharted territory with minimal input from mom and dad. To […]

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How to Write a Winning College Admission Essay

College admission is as competitive as ever and applicants are doing some crazy (illegal?!) things to get the edge. The best way to show your personality and get an edge with schools is to win them over with a well-written college admission essay. More than 800 institutions use the Common Application (Common App) to gather […]

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5 Key Characteristics of Good Writing

Most students know that a quality education includes learning how to produce a polished piece of good writing. And improving your writing process—and product—will help more than just your grades; writing is a foundational workplace skill in nearly every industry. But what is “good writing”? Is it subjective, or can students learn how to consistently […]

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