Tips for: How to Write a Rhetorical Précis

You can handle an essay, research paper, and a book report. When your professor asks you to write a rhetorical précis. You end up really confused. What is it, exactly? Is there a specific rhetorical précis template to follow? What goal are you supposed to achieve with this assignment, anyway?

Let’s define précis before we continue: it’s an overview or summary of a speech, presentation, or any kind of text. If you check any talk at the TED website, you’ll notice a brief summary above the transcript. That’s the précis. When you’re writing an assignment for school, however, it has to be more structured than that. It will still be similar to that example of rhetorical précis you saw above a TED talk, but it will be based on certain academic writing principles. Continue reading “Tips for: How to Write a Rhetorical Précis”

How to Write an Article Review. Tips for Students

When your professors request an article review, you start wondering: “Do I even know how to write an article review? Do I just read the article and review it like I would review a product on Amazon?” Well, since it’s academic writing (we’re talking about) things are more complicated than they initially appear. For a proper article review, you need advanced writing skills. This assignment calls for an in depth summary and evaluation of another writer’s article.

So how do you do it?

In this guide, we’ll provide efficient tips on: how to write a critical review of an article! Continue reading “How to Write an Article Review. Tips for Students”

Solving an Important Issue in Academic Writing: Can You Use “I” in a Research Paper?

What will a professor answer if you ask: Can you say “I” in a research paper? Most professors will answer with a strict no to that question. But is this a one-dimensional issue? Isn’t there more depth to the problem?

You’re also wondering: why can’t I say “I” in a research paper, when I am the one writing it? There’s an interesting discussion around this issue. Most students would prefer more liberty in academic writing, so they can add uniqueness to their papers and express themselves in any way they want. The academic format is too strict and doesn’t allow for such flexibility.

When you’re working on projects that involve creative writing, using I is not a problem. A research paper, however, is more of an analytic and critical thinking paper, so the guidelines are different. In essence, you’re advised against using “I”, we, or you in this type of writing. Continue reading “Solving an Important Issue in Academic Writing: Can You Use “I” in a Research Paper?”