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Essay Writing Help

Essay Writing Help

If you have found your way to this website by searching online for essay writing help – welcome!

My name is Alan Stransman.

I am an Essay Tutor, and my job is to help students write better essays and achieve higher grades.

Now – you may be wondering, how can an Essay Tutor like me help you write better essays – after all, I don’t know you, and I don’t know much about the subject that you are writing about.

True – but I know what the characteristics of an effective essay are, and how to help you make sure that your essay has as many of them as possible.

 

The SAT Essay Scoring Guide Is a Good Place to Start

I am a former teacher of English at the high school and university levels, and earned four university degrees including two Master’s degrees.

You might imagine that I wrote quite a few essays during my academic career and marked quite a few essays during my teaching career – and you would be right.

I know a good essay when I read one – and I know a bad one, too.

In addition to helping students write essays, I also offer SAT prep tutoring services, and one of the tools that I find very helpful in my essay tutoring is the SAT Essay Scoring Guide.

The SAT Essay Scoring Guide cites five specific features typically found in essays. These five features are: 1) critical thinking 2) development 3) organization 4)language use and 5) sentence structure.

The SAT Essay Scoring Guide goes on to create a profile, if you will, of six levels of essay-writing proficiency, and assigns a grade ranging from 1-6.

Remember, this scoring system is used to grade the essay component of the SAT, but the features that are identified by this scoring guide apply to essays at virtually any level – certainly high school, college and university.

Let’s have a look at the six levels of essay-writing proficiency as by doing so, we will have a better idea of the features that you should be striving to ensure are built into your essays, if you wish to achieve top grades.

 

The Six Levels of Essay-Writing Proficiency: 1-6

Again, what we are going to look at in a moment are profiles of essays that would be given a score of 1-6 on the SAT.

So – what would an essay have to look like to receive a perfect score of 6 out of 6?

Here is the profile:

An essay in this category demonstrates clear and consistent mastery, although it may have a few minor errors. A typical essay:

  • ¬†effectively and insightfully develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates outstanding critical thinking, using clearly appropriate examples, reasons, and other evidence to support its position
  • is well organized and clearly focused, demonstrating clear coherence and smooth progression of ideas
  • exhibits skillful use of language, using a varied, accurate and apt vocabulary
  • demonstrates meaningful variety in sentence structure
  • is free of most errors in grammar, usage and mechanics

 

Now – let’s see what an essay that would receive a score of 5 out of 6 would look like according to this guide:

An essay in this category demonstrates reasonably consistent mastery, although it will have occasional errors or lapses in quality. A typical essay:

  • effectively develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates strong critical thinking, generally using appropriate examples, reasons, and other evidence to support its position
  • is well organized and focused, demonstrating coherence and progression of ideas
  • exhibits facility in the use of language, using appropriate vocabulary
  • demonstrates variety in sentence structure
  • is generally free of most errors in grammar, usage and mechanics

 

Now, let’s see what the characteristics of an essay that would receive a score of 4 out of 6 would look like:

An essay in this category demonstrates adequate mastery, although it will have lapses in quality. A typical essay:

  • develops a point of view on the issue and demonstrates competent critical thinking, using adequate examples, reasons, and other evidence to support its position
  • is generally organized and focused, demonstrating some coherence and progression of ideas
  • exhibits adequate but inconsistent facility in the use of language, using generally appropriate vocabulary
  • demonstrates some variety in sentence struture
  • has some errors in grammar, usage and mechanics

 

We will now look at the characteristics of an essay that would score 3 points out of a possible 6:

An essay in this category demonstrates developing mastery, and is marked by ONE OR MORE of the following weaknesses:

  • develops a point of view on the issue, demonstrating some critical thinking , but may do so inconsistently or use inadequate examples, reasons, or other evidence to support its position
  • is limited in its organization or focus, or may demonstrate some lapses in coherence or progression of ideas
  • displays developing facility in the use of language, but sometimes uses weak vocabulary or inappropriate word choice
  • lacks variety or demonstrates problems in sentence structure
  • contains an accumulation of errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics

 

Now, we will look at the characteristics of an essay that would receive only 2 out of a possible 6 points on the SAT:

An essay in this category demonstrates little mastery, and is flawed by ONE OR MORE of the following weaknesses:

  • develops a point of view on the issue that is vague or seriously limited, and demonstrates weak critical thinking, providing inappropriate or insufficient examples, reasons, or other evidence to support its position
  • is poorly organized and/or focused, or demonstrates serious problems with coherence or progression of ideas
  • displays very little facility in the use of language, using very limited vocabulary or incorrect word choice
  • demonstrates frequent problems in sentence structure
  • contains errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics so serious that meaning somewhat obscured

 

And, finally, we will look at the characteristics of an essay that would be awarded only 1 out of 6 possible points on the SAT essay:

An essay in this category demonstrates very little or no mastery, and is seriously flawed by ONE OR MORE of the following weaknesses:

  • develops no viable point of view on the issue, or provides little or no evidence to support its position
  • is disorganized or unfocused, resulting in a disjointed or incoherent essay
  • displays fundamental errors in vocabulary
  • demonstrates severe flaws in sentence structure
  • contains pervasive errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that persistently interfere with meaning

 

 

 What The SAT Essay Guide Teaches Us About Essay Writing Help

What we have seen above are descriptions or profiles of six levels of essay-writing skill – keep in mind that the essay component of the SAT is part of the SAT test and no preparation is done in advance – plus the time limit is 25 minutes.

Nonetheless, by examining the Scoring Guide for the SAT Essay, we can clearly see what the expectations are for an essay that would receive 6, 5, or 4 out of 6 points – that is, a grade of between A and B-.

The standards and expectations for an essay assignment that is written in advance are even higher – much higher, perhaps – but this scoring guide allows you to see what kinds of writing skills you need to bring into your essay to achieve a good grade.

By focusing on the five key features or characteristics of essay writing, I can help you as an Essay Tutor, to improve your skills in key areas.

I hope that this gives you an idea of the kinds of skills you need to be developing and the areas in which I can help you improve.

 

How To Contact Me

If you have an essay assignment for which you need the help of an Essay Tutor, please feel free to contact me via:

Telephone: 416-519-4427

OR

Email: astransman@rogers.com

OR

Skype: AlanStransman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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