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Subject: Writing

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How many drafts should be written for a college essay?

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While there is no set number for how many drafts you will need to write for a college essay, I follow the model of editing at least five drafts. Let me explain why. When writing an essay for college admissions boards, whether it be undergraduate or graduate, it is likely that your very first draft of your essay will be pretty bad. And that's okay! Writing a college essay should not be a one-stop destination. Rather, it is something you want to continuously tweak, review, and edit. I believe writing a college essay can be broken down into five drafts, or revisions, of your essay before it is ready to be sent off. 1. In step one, you are just brainstorming your ideas for your first draft and getting them written down. You will probably gather more information, read a few articles, watch a few videos, or do whatever you have to in order to have all the information you need. Here you can figure out what the goal of your essay will be. This will be considered your first draft. 2. In this second step, you will work on revising your first draft and creating a hook that will help draw your reader in. In this step, you can also focus on making sure you're addressing all the questions being asked of you, as well as providing concise, but relevant examples to bolster your essay. This will be your second draft. 3. In this third step, you can look to connect your hook with the rest of your body paragraphs to make for a cohesive essay that flows. You'll want to make sure you are not jumping from one topic to the next, back to the first topic, back to the last. It should flow and be easy for the reader to follow along with. Here you can make sure that your essay is accomplishing the goals set forth in the first step. I personally like to have two of my peers read over my essay at this point, just to give their opinions on if the essay is headed in the right direction. This is the third draft. 4. In this fourth step, you will make sure to have a strong conclusion that helps tie the essay together. I like to have a faculty member or a professional student read over the essay to give me final critiques and remarks. If you don't have anyone you can show your essay to for critiques, there are online services that can offer you prompt and thorough essay reviews. 5. This final step is the final edit of your essay and will be the last time you tweak it before sending it off. Here is where you should triple-check your grammar, spelling, punctuation usage, ensuring you met the word limit, and the other technicalities. Again, there is no set number of drafts for writing a college essay. Some people are stronger writers than others and may find that they do not need to complete all of these steps, and that is great! I simply use this as a rule of thumb to help ensure my essay is as well written as my capabilities allow it to be. Hopefully, this works for you as well!

Subject: Political Science

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What are the four subfields of political science?

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Political science can be broken down into four major subfields: comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and American politics.

Subject: English

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What is an effective method to remembering the difference between "there", "their", and "they're"?

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"They're", "there", and "their" often get confused and misused in English grammar. It's not as difficult to understand as many assume it to be. Let's look at each word individually in the context of a sentence. Ex: They're walking across the street. - In this sentence, we are using "they're". "They're" is a contraction, meaning it is made up of two words and conjoined with an apostrophe. When broken down to its original words, "they're" is really "they are". Thus, an easy way to see if you are using the word correctly is to see if "they are" fits in the sentence. In this case, "They are walking across the street" makes sense. An example of "they're" not working is in the following sentence: "They're car is red". "They are car is red" doesn't make sense, so we know that "they're" is the incorrect word to use. Ex: Their car is red. - In this sentence, we are using "their". "Their" is used to show ownership, also known as a possessive adjective. An easy way to know when to use this word and when not to is to imagine that the letter "i" in "their" represents a person. You should only use "their" when referring to something that someone owns. For example, "Their dog is sweet". We know this is the proper use of the word because it is talking about someone's dog, i.e., something that they own. It is also common for "their" to be directly in front of the object that is owned. For example, "their cat", "their house", "their mom". All of these show ownership. An example of "their" not working is in the following sentence: "I saw them over their". In this sentence, nothing is being possessed, i.e., nothing is owned. Therefore, we know "their" is the incorrect word to use. Ex: There is a baseball game tonight or She is there already. - Lastly, in the sentences above, we are using "there". "There" is used to describe a place, and can be used as an adverb or pronoun. An easy way to remember when to use this word and when not to is to use the sentence for context clues. "There" is referring to a place that is not "here". For example, "She is there already" is stating that wherever she is, it is not here, it is "there". She is in a different location, a different place. Another example is "Look over there!". In this sentence, "there" is representative of a place that is somewhere else, not "here". That is how the word is used as an adverb. In terms of how to use "there" as a pronoun, we can look at the example of "There is a baseball game tonight". Whenever we see "there" plus "is" or "are", we know that it is telling us something exists. In the example mentioned above, we know that the baseball game exists. Another example is "There is a hill". In this example, we know that the hill exists. This is how "there" functions as a pronoun. An example of "there" not working is in the following sentence: "There bird flew out of the cage". Since we know that someone is in ownership of the bird, the proper word to use is "their".

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