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How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

By Kurt HarrogateMarch 17, 2017
This post was originally published in April 2016 We've all been there: sitting in front of a blank word document, staring down the... More  →
How to Write a Killer Thesis Statement

Nine Phrases You Should Never Use In a College Essay

By Kelly HoffmacherJanuary 19, 2017
Little things count for a lot in your college essay. You only get about 500 words to knock the socks off an... More  →
Nine Phrases You Should Never Use In a College Essay

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 First Kiss Story I Don't Tell

By Emma W.January 5, 2016
I lied about my first kiss story for the SparkLife feature. I lied because I am used to lying about... More  →
The First Kiss Story I Don't Tell

Enter the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest Starting TOMORROW!

By SparkLifeDecember 14, 2015
Last week, we announced the inaugural SparkLife Identity Essay Contest, in which you send us stories of finding your identity... More  →
Enter the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest Starting TOMORROW!

Announcing the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest!

By SparkLifeDecember 7, 2015
Here at SparkLife HQ, we're straight-up story goblins, and we want yours. We want to hear about what saved you, or what... More  →
Announcing the SparkLife Identity Essay Contest!

How to Wait for Your First Kiss

By Janet ManleyOctober 19, 2015
As a part of SparkLife Animated’s GIF explosion, and thanks to our pals at Gifpop, we are... More  →
How to Wait for Your First Kiss

The Best Ways to Start Any Essay

By Emma W.September 14, 2015
An untitled Microsoft Word Doc with your name, your teacher's name, the class, and the date; a working title ("Essay 1"); and... More  →
The Best Ways to Start Any Essay