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Third person writing puts the focus on the topic. It is used for more academic writing. Third person is “He, she, it, people, etc.”

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I can’t give you a good rule of thumb or equation to use, but it takes me about an hour to write one page, double-spaced. I hope that can help you budget your time.

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Avoid Wikipedia in academic work because info can be changed by any person at any time. But use it as a tool to get started if you’re not sure where to begin.

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Academic journal articles are best source for research paper: more up to date than books and peer reviewed, unlike websites.

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Basic conclusion template: Transition from body. Review main points. Show how those points fit together. End with something to think about/call to action.

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Basic intro template: Hook. Background info. Why audience should care. Thesis statement.

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Every time you start a new idea, start a new sentence.

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Use specific adjectives, adverbs, and modifiers. “Cool, interesting, nice, very” don’t tell the audience much.

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Tone is how you write something, the feelings your work conveys. Mood is how your audience perceives it. You can control tone but not always control mood.

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Every time you change topics, change paragraphs. College-level papers do not use the “5 paragraph essay” model, they use the “As many paragraphs as you need” model.

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