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Subject: Writing

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How can I write an essay when I don't know where to start?

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Fortunately, when it comes to writing essays for school, it is possible to successfully write essays across subjects every time. It increases anxiety and causes students to think they have "writer's block." Rather, when students have trouble writing, it is often due to three reasons that are completely solvable and concrete. The first reason why students get stuck when writing essays is not fully understanding the professor's expectations for the essay. Sometimes, instructions for essays can be long and complex. It can be helpful to take long instructions and break them down into a to do list. Try and organize the instructions into different fields, such as "what to write," "paper formatting," "writing advice," and other things that will help you create the paper, and check them off as you complete them so you can ensure you have fulfilled all of the assignment criteria. The second reason why students might find it difficult to begin an essay is that they have not yet done the required reading. When papers are research-based, it is necessary to look up different research and articles and read them to answer the professor's questions. Also, going a step further and thinking about how to incorporate that information into your paper is often necessary for writing. Getting the reading done and then digging into the writing helps in brainstorming and getting your ideas down on paper for your own essay. The third reason students feel stuck when beginning a paper is that they are not applying the structure of an essay. Regardless of the subject, all essays have a basic structure: an introduction, the body, and a conclusion. Many students don't know where to begin writing because they are not familiar with the different parts of the essay. For example, an introduction contains a topic sentence, several background sentences that explain the topic a bit further, and a thesis statement at the end of the introductory paragraph. The expectations depending on the subject can vary, such as putting the thesis statement as the first sentence, but overall, because essays all have this basic structure, it can be very comforting to students to know that if they keep the structure of an essay in mind, they'll always be able to know what they have to write in order to produce an essay for their classes. Therefore, the three most common reasons students feel "stuck" on their essays can resolve their writer's block through rereading the instructions for the assignment, completing the required reading, and learning the structure of an essay can be overcome! Following the suggestions listed can help students tackle the "overwhelm" and get down to writing.

Subject: Psychology

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What is a differential diagnosis as applied to the field of psychology?

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Many psychological conditions can seem to overlap, such as depression and anxiety. Therapists use the process of differential diagnosis to render as accurate of a diagnosis as possible. Correct diagnosis can help clinicians deliver the most effective therapy and attend to all of the client's needs. To employ a differential diagnosis, therapists will often begin with a list of the client's main issues presented in the clinical interview and session and then list possible disorders that could be responsible. The American Psychiatric Association (2020) provided the following steps to determine a differential diagnosis: 1. Determine that the patient is not malingering, and the patient's symptoms are not due to factitious disorder. 2. Eliminate the possibility of drug addition. 3. Determine that the client's issues are not due to a medical condition. 4. Choose the most likely primary disorder. 5. Consider adjustment disorders from "Other Specified or Unspecified Disorders." 6. Consider if a mental disorder is not present in the patient. Through applying the differential diagnosis process, it establishes a pragmatic approach that assists therapists in determining the most accurate diagnosis possible for their clients.

Subject: English

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How can I write a rhetorical essay?

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Kirsten S.
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Rhetorical essays are often a source of confusion for students. There are a few ways to understand how to write a rhetorical essay. When students keep in mind the purpose of a rhetorical essay and what to examine in it, the task becomes considerably easier. The purpose of a rhetorical essay is to take a written work and examine it for its strengths and areas that are underdeveloped. Did the author create an argument? What was the author's stance? Did the author write a convincing argument? Keeping these questions in mind can give you a good start in developing your rhetorical essay. Also, when a rhetorical essay is required, the professor expects the students to examine a written work for its rhetorical aspects. There are many rhetorical devices authors can use, but usually, if you're working on your first rhetorical essay, you might have to examine aspects of the article, video presentation, or other work through the author's intended target audience, the ethos (the credibility of the author or writing), pathos (the emotional appeal), and logos (the logical support for the argument). How well did the author use these appeals? Were they all present and properly developed? What was the effect on the intended audience? Gather your evidence from the text. Keep a list of the evidence, the direct quotes that show how ethos, pathos, and logos were developed in the written work.. After you examine all of these elements, think about how well the author did. Was the author's overall argument convincing? Your answer to this question will help you develop your thesis statement, which is a one-sentence statement of the focus of your essay and most often appears at the end of your introductory paragraph. Thus, your job as a rhetorical critic is to examine how well an author argued and supported a point. You will gather your evidence as you read the work for how well the author developed certain rhetorical elements, such as ethos, pathos, and logos. Then, you will express your argument about how well the author developed the work rhetorically in your thesis statement. In following these suggestions, rhetorical analysis essays do not have to be confusing. Instead, you can conquer the rhetorical essay and create an essay your professor will love.

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