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30 Ways to End Your Essay Without Saying "In Conclusion"

By ElodieOctober 5, 2017
According to every English teacher I have ever had, the greatest sin of all is ending your essay with the phrase “in... More  →
30 Ways to End Your Essay Without Saying "In Conclusion"

50 Essay Topics for the Most SparkNoted Books

By ElodieSeptember 8, 2017
The worst part about writing an essay is coming up with the topic. You COULD argue that the actual worst part of writing... More  →
50 Essay Topics for the Most SparkNoted Books

QUIZ: How Purple Is Your Prose?

By Maura Barry-GarlandAugust 3, 2017
Sometimes, we all use purple prose in our writing… or should I call it "unnecessarily abstruse and excessively overwrought verbiage"?... More  →
QUIZ: How Purple Is Your Prose?

Writing a Paper on The Scarlet Letter? Here's Your Custom Thesis Topic

By Emily BrownDecember 8, 2016
If you are here, it's because you finished The Scarlet Letter. First, congratulations—you just got through a forty+ page introduction, thirty mentions of scaffolds, unnecessarily long descriptions... More  →
Writing a Paper on The Scarlet Letter? Here's Your Custom Thesis Topic

How to Ask for an Extension on Your Paper

By Maura Barry-GarlandDecember 2, 2016
You may think that SparkNotes is run by a bunch of quasi-sentient robots living inside your computer, but the truth is that... More  →
How to Ask for an Extension on Your Paper

How Strong Is Your Thesis Statement?

By SparkNotesNovember 3, 2016
Let's figure out what you're doing right, and what needs tweaking. ... More  →
How Strong Is Your Thesis Statement?

The 25 Worst Ways to Start Your College Essay

By ElodieOctober 19, 2016
Writing a good college admissions essay is a mixture of luck and just straight-up sorcery. If you're having a hard time, you're not... More  →
The 25 Worst Ways to Start Your College Essay