I chose to pursue my education, to have a better life and have a career in nursing Your main topic “Education” should branch out in five directions: Why Education? Why Middlesex Community College? Classes/Daily Routine. Methods of study. The Future. Typed. Proofread. Stapled. Effective writing begins with active verbs, stout adjectives, and concrete nouns. “Things you can drop on your foot.” (Generally avoid adverbs.) Consider the precepts of Rudolf Flesch: — Write only in complete sentences — Write with concrete nouns — Write with “people” words (names, descriptions, direct quotes) — Write mainly with active verbs — Control average sentence length — Edit to remove flab Three elementals factors of effective composition: Abundance: Material is necessary. Generated through reading and research. Generated through thought and reflection. Much is abandoned and left behind. The best remains. Word Choice: Consider “Le Bon Mot.” Concrete Nouns. Stout Adjectives. Action Verbs. Adverbs employed sparingly. Read it out loud. Your ear is a remarkable editor. Cohesion: Develop ideas in specific detail. Support major details with minor details. Paragraphs speak to one another. Paragraphs agree with one another. Paragraphs argue with one another. Together, paragraphs develop, explore, and strengthen the main idea of the reading. A Quick List from a Former Student: Each sentence should deliver meaning. Don’t try to write when your mind is preoccupied. Observation is the best inspiration. Breathe while you write. Don’t write a whole essay in one sitting. A new perspective gives way to new ideas. Don’t use the word “amazing.” No good writing comes from being rushed. Read to understand — know what each word and sentence means. When writing, always take a stand on any open questions. With respect to the first draft, consider the ideas and insights generated by your mind map. These ideas can always be explored and expanded upon. That is the benefit of a solid mind map. You can pivot in virtual any direction with confidence. As long as you address a topic in specific detail and some reflection — think of the evidence and analysis structure of the MEAL Paragraph on a larger platform — your writing should be successful. If, for example, you wish to discuss your courses, be specific with respect to what actually occurs in the classroom. Consider a number of questions: Where do you sit in the classroom? Why? Do you take notes? Are they good notes? Is note taking new to you? Does that present a challenge? Do you enjoy the class? Why? Classmates? Materials? Lectures? Classes at the end of the day are easier? Do you not enjoy the class? Why? Be specific. How does this class relate to your specific field of study? What is your field of study? Why? Have you always had an interest in that subject? Some students select majors based on economic concerns. Others select majors based on comfort with the material or prior experience in high school that was positive. How might this apply to you? You need not answer all these questions. You could focus primarily on study. All five parts are addressed, but often students lean into one of the the five headings. Fundamentally, successful writing results from detailed responses to questions you ask yourself. Write a rough draft before typing a final draft. Filler is very boring to read, so don’t write any. (ask me for what to read)