Writing Skills for Test-Takers prepares students for standardized testing, such as the TOEFL. In this course, you will learn the...Take the Course
Improve TOEFL Writing Scores
English as a Second Language
Are you planning to attend a university in the United States?
Learn reading and writing skills for university-level coursework.
TOEFL Independent Writing Task
Take Writing Skills for Test-Takers this summer and improve your writing scores.
Until August 5, 2023
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I’m Richard Carrigan and I teach academic writing to international students learning English skills.
If you are a student, feel free to browse and use the material in your studies. If you are a teacher, feel free to use the material in your classes.
Currently, I’m getting ready for the 2023/2024 school year, so I’m adding new material every week. Thanks for stopping by!
Summer Writing courses
Your TOEFL Essay must:
- Clearly state your opinion and support the topic.
- Contain at least 300 words (About 3 or 4 paragraphs).
- Be finished within 30 minutes.
- Be well developed and not just a list of information.
- Be organized with transitional words to help readers connect ideas.
- Use a variety of grammar and vocabulary.
- Follow the conventions of spelling, punctuation, and word order.
The Argumentative Essay
The Argumentative Essay The argumentative essay expresses an opinion for or against a controversial issue. As the writer, you must establish your position and persuade your...Go to Tutorial
Finding Main Ideas
If you want to be a good reader, you must be able to identify main ideas and supporting details. What’s...Go to Tutorial
The purpose for summarizing a passage is to condense information, either to provide an overview for others to read, or...Go to Tutorial
The Problem-Solution Essay
Essay Overview A Problem-Solution Essay discusses a problem, and then provides a plan for its solution. We often use this type of...Go to Tutorial
Planning for a Problem-Solution Essay
The first step in writing an effective essay is planning. Begin by developing a working thesis statement: a statement that describes the...Read More
Adverb Clauses We use adverb clauses to show relationship between two ideas. For example, let’s look at these two sentences....Read More
Preparing Your Final Draft
Preparing Your Final Draft Make sure you turn in assignments on time in the manner your professor requested. If you...Read More
Simple Past vs. Present Perfect
Simple Past vs. Present Perfect When do we use the simple past, and when do we use the present perfect? Simple...Read More
The Counter Argument
Example Counter-argument The counter-argument states clearly what the opposition believes.Some people believe that technology is the way of the future...Read More
Transitions to Show Addition and, in addition, also, moreover, furthermore, as well, equally important, besides, again Transition to Show Time after,...Read More
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