During the first two minutes students must make two critical decisions. First, they must decide how they will respond to the essay prompt ie will they agree or disagree? Second, they must decide whether to write a personal or an academic essay. At the present time almost all of my students are writing academic essays. So they must decide whether to use two examples or three. Here is the two-minute drill we will use in tonight’s review class. It really helps students think quickly and organize their thoughts:

PROMPT 1: Is success in life earned or do people succeed because they are lucky?

YOUR THESIS:

YOUR EXAMPLES:
1. ___________________
2. ___________________
3. ___________________

PROMPT 2: Can a group of people function effectively without someone being in charge?

YOUR THESIS:

YOUR EXAMPLES:
1. __________________
2. __________________
3. __________________

PROMPT 3: Is it wise to be suspicious of the motives or honesty of other people, even those who appear to be trustworthy?

YOUR THESIS:

YOUR EXAMPLES:
1. _________________
2. _________________
3. _________________

PROMPT 4: Is it better to aim for small accomplishments instead of great achievements?

YOUR THESIS:

YOUR EXAMPLES:
1. _________________
2. _________________
3. _________________

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  • Jian Wang

    Where is the class? On-line?

    • http://www.station16.com/ Brenton Smith

      Jian,
      Thanks for your interest. Our classes are mainly based in the Flemington and Princeton areas of New Jersey. However, we do host workshops for students in many other states during the year. That’s why our books are such great resources. They help each student prepare year round. Thanks.