Tips to Improve Your Employability While Studying

While studying, you may think you are doing great things for your employability. Which of course you are! However, there are plenty of other opportunities you can dive straight into, to ensure you are in the best position when entering the world of work. Here are a few of the best tips to improve your employability while at university, to ensure you stand out! 

Get a Part-Time Job 

Yes, it is obvious! However, many students never get a job during their studies. Even if it’s just a part-time job working five hours a week, this will add to your CV and boost your skills. 

If you are looking for a student-friendly position, then check out jobs on your university campus. Even if you find a position that isn’t related to your degree, it is still valuable work experience, and future employers will value your ability to work alongside studying. It will highlight your time management to juggle the two, as well as dedication, both attributes which employers look for. 

There is also the added bonus of some extra cash, which as a university student is highly appreciated!

Our best advice is to ensure you find a job that suits your timetable. Work out how many hours you can work before securing a position, as your degree does come first! If you are unable to commit to working hours during the term time, why not apply to summer internships?

Secure a Summer Internship 

A summer internship means ditching the beach and hanging out with your friends every day. However, it is the best way to learn new things. You will have the chance to work in a real-life business environment and follow professionals. Working full-time puts your academic skills into action, while at the same time demonstrates your commitment to working. Who knows, if you impress your employers then you could be offered a full-time graduate position! 


If you are unable to secure a paid position, then volunteering also does wonders to your job prospects. As you will be giving up your time for a good cause, this will not go unnoticed by future employers. Volunteering will boost your soft skills such as problem-solving and communication; it also lets you see if a career in the charity sector is right for you! Volunteering may also be more flexible meaning you can commit as little or as often as you want. 

Use Social Media 

We all use social media; however, there are many ways to use it in your job search. 

You may be using social media to update others about your life, this is what social media is made for after all, but future employers may also take a look! So, it all starts by ensuring your social media is suitable for future employers to search through.

As soon as you apply for a position, be prepared that employers may google your name. You do not want them to come across images or posts that you aren’t so proud of, so ensure your social media presence is suitable for everyone to look at. 

Networking through social media is a valuable way of searching for job vacancies.  LinkedIn is also a great social media to connect with recruiters and businesses, which you can turn into an online portfolio if you keep it up to date. There are also other opportunities, such as creating a blog website that can build a positive online presence. Remember to show this off in your CV

Get Involved! 

While at university or college, you will see many opportunities come up! Whether it’s joining a society or setting up an entrepreneurial opportunity, try to get involved. 

Joining a club or society lets you try new things that you may not have the opportunity to do otherwise. Joining a club not only keeps you busy and is something fun to do, but it also boosts your employability. Often in a society, you will need to work as a team and communicate to arrange meetings and events. These are skills which look great on your CV and job applications

So, when applying to jobs after university, you need to ensure that you stand out from your fellow classmates to be the best candidate. Hopefully, these tips will help you on your way to finding the perfect graduate position for you! 


Author bio:

Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are looking for a job but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!

Categories: College Life   Tags: CV, application tips, part-time job, college students

How to Turn Your Writing Skills Into a Profitable Side Hustle

Writing essays is, for many college students, little more than a necessary evil. But here's the real perk -- now that you've broken the ice on writing, you may actually be able to put this skill to use to make some extra money on the side. It all starts with the right attitude and the right approach. Here's how to get started.

Identify a niche and form a business plan

Just like any business, a writing business needs to be aimed at a certain niche. You can't write the entire internet yourself. It's best to find a segment of an industry and/or a specific type of writing to focus on. This could be your college major, or something you’ve always been passionate about and therefore have a good base of knowledge.

Solve people's problems

Writing for money might not be something you've ever done before, but if it's something you enjoy doing, it can bring in a nice extra chunk of income each month. It works like this: many business owners and managers have projects that involve writing. They don't want to do it, or don't have the time to do it, so they outsource the work to someone else.

There are a number of sites on the internet that connect writers with clients, like Upwork and Scripted. The site I work for, Live Lingua, takes guest posts now and then, if you have something important to say about language learning.

Keep an updated portfolio that is available online for potential clients to view. For this, you can use a site like Wix or WordPress and just set up a very simple website template. You can even include essays and term papers in there, if there are any you are particularly proud of. Work hard to grow your business, and develop your skillset along the way. Follow up with clients and potential clients.

The money is in B2B client work

Copywriting, SEO work, and article writing that helps brands engage an audience and build traffic are the cash cows. My experience over the last few years has led me to believe that SEO writing, whether PR, blogging, or other forms, is where the dollars are right now. To grow your business, help others grow their own. My two biggest clients currently have me doing SEO-friendly work for them.

It's tempting to think you can make a living doing travel writing or other, more fun, types of writing than SEO work. While it is certainly possible to make a bit of cash doing that, you're likely to have far more success doing the stuff other people don't want to do. In essence, solving their problem and then charging them do so.


I cannot emphasize this enough. Get off your ass, out of your spare bedroom office, and into the world. Building relationships and maintaining contacts is the number one way to make money as a freelance writer.

I went to a conference in Austin a few months back and landed a $1,200/month client out of it. I sat in a coworking space for two days, networked and listened to people's stories, then approached a guy who expressed a need for web articles and research to help grow his already successful brand.

We shared dinner and drinks, sat next to each other on the last day of the event, and now I not only have a great new client, I have a great new friend as well.

Find events that influencers, business owners, and other freelancers in that field will be at. Then, buy a ticket and go!

Thom Jackson is a freelance writer who contributes to the blog at Live Lingua and a number of other sites around the web. 


Categories: College Life   Tags: essay writing, writing skills, essays

How to Write a Great Essay in Foreign Language

It takes a decent amount of practice and effort to get good at writing essays. This is even more true when you’re trying to get words on paper in a foreign language. Of course, good starting knowledge of your target language is a prerequisite of writing an excellent essay but it takes more than being fluent to really express yourself well in academic writing. So take a look at these clever tips on how to write a great essay even if you’re not a native speaker of the language you’re writing in. 

Start by reading

The secret to great writing is great reading. Consume both literary and academic texts, focusing on the style of your target language you’ll need to use in your essays. An especially beneficial way for learning to create outstanding essays is reading exactly those - great essays. You can find many online to find inspiration from. You should also read texts that use the type of vocabulary you’ll need to utilise in your writing. Are you expected to write on the economy? Read up on business articles. Have to critique a written work? See where you can find a literary analysis to borrow from. In addition to updating your vocabulary with the terms you’ll need in your essay, reading on connected topics will also help you gather and form ideas for your writing.

Continue by analysing

But once you’ve found a couple of example essays that have impressed you, you should do more than just read. Instead, analyse them to make sure you understand what makes them great examples. Pay special attention to the vocabulary used, the way thoughts are structured, and see if there are any particular phrases that you come across multiple times. Create an idea bank for yourself where you can jot down all the things you think make essays great. 

Luckily, the typical essay format doesn’t really change across languages - you’ll still be expected to write a specific type of text, regardless of language. So, if you’ve had even a bit of experience with writing them in your own language, those skills will translate rather well. Just make sure you know what makes an essay good and how you can tick those criteria in your own writing.

Think in your target language with the right vocabulary

Another way to improve your foreign language essay writing skills is to start thinking in that language. First, it’ll help you feel more comfortable expressing yourself in your target language - a critical first step for any essayist. Secondly, you will see where your stumbling blocks might be in terms of vocabulary.

Which brings us to the next important point - learn and practise the vocabulary you’ll need in your essay. A great tip there might be to look up some useful terms or phrases that you can use in pretty much any essay. The Oxford Royale Academy has published a great list for exactly those in English.

Write by hand

Sometimes it pays to get back to basics. This is very true when it comes to improving your essay writing. For example, you might want to consider ditching the keyboard in favour of the more old fashioned pen and paper. 

Perhaps surprisingly, writing by hand comes with quite a few benefits for both your brain and general well-being. It is also linked to being more creative and even improving your second language acquisition. These are all vital tools for improving your writing skills in general and come in especially handy when you need to put pen to paper in a foreign language. 

Re-read and always get feedback

Once you’ve read all that you can, analysed the best examples, and then used the right vocabulary to hand write your ideas on paper, comes another very important step: that of getting feedback on your work. Start first with the feedback you can give yourself by re-reading what you’ve written several times. This helps to avoid silly typos and style errors that can ruin an otherwise outstanding essay. Next, it would be wonderful if you could find a native speaker of the language you’re writing in, who also knows a thing or two about essays, to look over your work. 

Even with all the preparation, there is a chance that some mistakes in wording have slipped in, which is where the native speaker part comes in handy. However, you’d also do great to find someone who has the technical understanding to critique your essay from that point of view. But even if you are unable to find a master-essayist in your target language, just any second pair of eyes is always useful.

It takes time and effort to see improvements in your second language essay writing skills but, with the right strategy, you’ll start seeing results once you put the work in.

Start by reading examples of both great essays in your target language and other writing that makes use of the vocabulary you’ll be expected to use. Once you’ve found examples of great essays, analyse them to find the parts you can make use of in your own writing. In order to improve your self-expression and fluency, it also pays to switch your inner monologue to your target language, especially when contemplating the themes or topics you’re expected to write about. Also practise writing by hand, as that will help your overall language skills. And, last but not least, always remember to ask for feedback from people whose opinions you trust.

Once you start making use of all of these tricks, you’ll be able to write the perfect essay, whether in your native or foreign language.

Author bio: Liisi is a lifelong language learner and teacher who has managed to turn her passion into a profession. She is now helping fellow language aficionados find private teachers through her website Teacher Finder.

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Tips on Keeping Up the Motivation Levels for Joint Entrance Examination

A student's life is filled with examinations, more often than not the information to remember is overloaded and time, short. Besides the stress, the above statement is true, more so for students who are taking an examination like Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). A student taking JEE must not only prepare for the test but also must focus on their Boards examination.

To do well, besides juggling time and studying for both the exams, a student must keep themselves motivated for a period of at least 2 years. A student often starts with great enthusiasm and zeal to ace the exam with flying colors but keeping themselves motivated for 2 years is not easy and the amount of information doesn't make things simpler. This is a common scenario that takes place in a student's life when he/she comes face-to-face with difficult topics or when it's just that day when things don't seem to keep moving as it should. The feeling of monotony or getting stuck in the same situation can seep in easily and then comes the need to pick themselves up.

These are the situations that can push a student to the verge of giving up. When the situation of ‘everything is lost’ arises, one should try something new:

  • Forming groups: If solitary monotony sets in, one can form a group of like-minded people to bounce off ideas. This will set things in motion.

  • Question self: When a topic is done, one should try to self-question regarding the same. Create questions of the topic like an examiner, as this will be a different take on learning and an engaging technique. The questions created can also be used later as a revision tool. 

  • Are books the only way? No. It's the age of online coaching, podcasts, and webinars. There are plenty of such sessions online to help one prepare for an exam like JEE. One can try these out to break the shackles.

  • Shuffle/Change the schedule: It's good to have a set schedule when one is preparing for such examinations, but having a stringent schedule can lead to boredom. Everyone needs a change in life and repetitiveness can leave a sour taste. To get out of such situations, one can look to juggle stuff around. A student, without compromising study hours can change his/her study time to stir things up and keep things fresh.

  • Break it down: Students usually get stuck when they come against a difficult topic and they see no way out. It is important to get it done rather than getting everything done in a day. One can break the topic down and make life easier itself.

  • Take time out for other activities: Infusing time for other activities in the daily schedule will keep a student fresh. It's a myth that students need to bury themselves in books to ace an exam. Too much of anything never yields the desired result. That also means that too much of other activities will hamper studies, so smart scheduling is required. It's good to get some fresh air from time to time or ordering a different type of cuisine once in a while, or meeting other humans.

The stress of these examinations and the weight of expectations can take a toll on students. When desired results don't yield, it is crucial to change the way things are getting done.

Categories: College Life   Tags: exams, Joint Entrance Examination, JEE

Four Emerging Education Technologies You Should Know About

Although technological advancements have a profound impact on every facet of human existence, they have a very unique and significant way of permeating the world of education. As technological devices and electronic equipment become more functional and environment friendly, the process of educating an individual can be optimized to benefit both individual students and the communities in which they live. Below you will find four emerging technologies that are positively contributing to the educational sector:

1. Cloud Computing

 Cloud computing has become an essential component of the school environment over the last several months. Within the field of language, cloud-based software such as the Brazilian Electronic Learning Organizer enables language instructors to produce and subsequently share digital learning activities and objects with the students in their classrooms. 

Cloud-based software is also impacting the world of science as California State University Northridge created an initiative (the Computer Supported Collaborative Science initiative) which enabled teachers in Los Angeles-based schools to enrich the student's learning experience with cloud-based tools. And within the field of social studies, cloud computing has enabled students to participate in virtual exchange programs with schools in other countries. Within this framework, students are free to select and interrogate the subjects of their choice, including cuisine and dietetics. 

2. Mobile Learning

According to technology experts, there will be more than 7 billion mobile accounts by the end of the year. It is thus unsurprising to find that internet mobile traffic is projected to exceed desktop traffic and users of mobile devices will download about 70 billion apps for tablets and smartphones. Interestingly, educational apps are the second most frequently downloaded apps in iTunes across all categories. (This means that they pass both business and entertainment apps in terms of popularity.) 

In the mathematical sector, students can use devices populated with e-textbooks (you can find more information about getting e-textbooks on Jekkle) and mathematical apps to gain information, record measurements, and receive instruction. Musically, students can create their own unique sounds via iPads. Finally, students can appropriate cloud computing technology to write digital stories and turn them into apps that can be accessed through iOS mobile devices. 

3. Tablet Computing 

Tablet computers have become popular in the educational sector for numerous reasons, one of which is that students can easily transport them from one class to another. In fact, tablets are so functional that many educational institutions are thinking about having them replace personal laptops and computer labs. With tablets, students can choose their own apps to make the learning experience personal and effective. In the field of art, students earning Illustration degrees can utilize their iPads to create drawings that can subsequently be played as video. 

This type of creative activity is important and effective because it precipitates discussion and reflection about the process of drawing while also helping students to identify and contrast techniques for the purpose of skill improvement and refinement. In the science sector, tablets are currently being used to collect and subsequently share information regarding indigenous rocks. Additionally, geology majors can use their tablets to take photos. Within the field of journalism, professor Messner of Virginia Commonwealth University has given students access to iPads so that they can create news stories regarding events transpiring in their local communities. Additionally, graduate students from Vanderbilt University are creating Android apps which enable students that are visually impaired to learn math. 

4. Open Content

As many marketing experts know, the creation of great content is an incredibly effective way for businesses to advertise the goods and services they offer. However, open content is also positively applicable within the educational sector. This is the case for several reasons, including the fact that open content is oftentimes a more efficacious and expedient form of learning material for students to utilize. Given that open content can be updated perpetually and almost instantaneously, its presence gives students an opportunity to utilize the most up-to-date information available on any subject under the sun. 

Summing It All Up 

As the year continues gaining momentum, technological advancements are positively contributing to our ability to lead productive, positive lives. In context of education, technological advancements such as cloud computing and open content have become efficacious mediums through which the educational process can be simplified and expedited. By utilizing these types of cutting edge technologies, students and educators can optimize their ability to learn and grow as thinking beings.

Categories: College Life   Tags: emerging education technologies, education technologies

How to Write a Poem Analysis Essay

How to write a poem analysis essay? Below you will find a road map to analyze a poem. Keep reading and explore infinite possibilities: 

  1. Read the poem and look for unfamiliar words in the dictionary (it is also a good idea to identify the most important words and look them up in the dictionary if they have multiple meanings). 
  2. Frame the poem in its literary context (Who wrote it? When was it written? Which literary movement does it belong to? What are the main characteristics of the piece? What is established in the poet dialogue with other poets / poems of its time or earlier?) 
  3. Analysis of the form: metrics, rhyme, accents, strophic form, etc.
  4. Identify figures (in the written analysis, this step can be included with the following point). 
  5. Explain the poem thoroughly (Who speaks? To whom? What happens in each stanza? The author repeats what? Make sure you are always thinking why? And what is the effect?) 
  6. Global interpretation of the matter of the poem. Which one(s) is/are the subject(s) of the poem? 
  7. Relate the shape and figures. Why to use a sonnet? Why the author employs a trope or a figure in particular? What is the relationship between the subject and the tropes / the most important figures of the poem? What is the relationship between individual musicality (the meter, rhythm, rhyme, etc.) and what is the subject of the poem? 

The written analysis can only be done after completing these steps and should focus particularly on #7. The best essays have an introduction with a thesis that explains the relationship between the various elements of the poem. 

Always create a title for your poem analysis essay

To create a title, you need to read the poem carefully to identify: the subject, the narrative voice, the receiver, the message and its purpose and tone. This is the most important because it will guide your writing. All in all, you need to identify stresses in the poem, the words, phrases, verses that justify this. Identify the literary language and select two that are most effective to highlight the theme, etc. 

So, how to write a good poem analysis essay? Observe the structure and identify two elements of the structure that emphasize the theme, etc. Do not talk about everything; be selective because you want to justify either. By making direct quotations (write words, phrases, verses, etc.) you have to use quotes (""). Write a conclusion about customization. For example, how would you have reacted, or think you or someone you know before situations or expressions of the poem? Avoid talking about biographical aspects of the author, unless they are relevant to the poem.

Refrain from saying whether it's a good or bad poem, whether you liked it or not. Try to write at least four paragraphs: Introduction, Literary Language, Structure, and Conclusion. 

To conclude, it is the distinction of the three parts of which the analysis must consist, introduction to adopt a direction to raise the issue, and second, the logical, orderly, with certain depth, the analysis of the poem that is the topic being discussed. This must include specific examples that support the ideas that defend or refute (figures of speech and stylistic elements, tone and structure). Finally, the conclusion, which can reveal the effect produced in the message of the poem (or the dramatic, narrative or literary criticism, that is the case). 

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Do I Need an MBA?

Do I need an MBA? Many students wonder whether a university diploma is enough or not. Truth is, studying is imperative. However, you need to focus and draw a plan. You cannot expect to climb to the top automatically. Our society is moving at a very fast speed, hence the need to learn new strategies, hints, tips, etc. Competition is increasing and unless you can deal with new media matters and so on, you may be left behind. No need to panic! A lot can be done to remain competitive. Keep reading to learn more. 

This is a classic question that many will make again and again from the moment they’ve decided to study an MBA. This may arise in different scenarios: an interview with potential sponsors, filling funding applications, even writing essays for scholarships, filling in front of their computer for college application forms and/or research not to mention meetings with teachers requesting a letter of recommendation. Some even wonder about such thing at family gatherings or when spending time with friends and classmates. However, being a question that is expected to be answered properly does not make it easier to answer. Their response is usually influenced by many diverse aspects: 

  • Personal
  • Economic situation
  • Professional
  • Family
  • Cultural
  • & more. 

Clear your mind

But do you really have a clear idea of what you want? Well, yes, what you want is to go for an MBA program, don’t you? If you like travelling, you can study an MBA abroad, and you may go for a program for 6 months in a different place, therefore, different culture, away from your family and friends, etc. You will be able to meet different people who are in the same situation, some finishing their program and others, just beginning. You will soon probably realize that it is not hard to deal with times when you will be missing your home, your people (and even things like food and a random rainy or sunny day!) 

Keep in mind

Remember that it is also very easy to get carried away by the thrill of being in a different place, meeting people with different cultures, customs and ways of thinking, and forgetting why you are where you are. If you decide to study abroad, you need to remain focused. Getting to know other people's experiences will show you how important it is to always be very clear and present the reasons why you start a project like this. Never forget that the results will always depend on your own effort. 

For instance, studying an MBA will help you deal with the competitive industry. You can get more benefits than you can imagine. Plus, it is not only a question in a questionnaire; it is the main foundation of success. 

Focus and establish your priorities

You may find times when you will have to work a little more, you will come across with new challenges and odds are, you will constantly need to be working on improving your skills. The knowledge to be acquired will last for a lifetime. The above is absolutely possible to do, especially if you are living your dream and if you have very clear and strong reasons for doing it! The best part is, you can even enjoy the process! 

How important it is to take time and reflect on your reasons for studying an MBA program? What do you think about the motivation that you need along the way?

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What to Do If You Fall In Love With Your Teacher

Are you in love with your teacher and you do not know how to actually behave? Follow these tips and learn how to act around him or her. 

You will need:

  • Discipline
  • Cordiality
  • Chivalry
  • Active Participation

To begin

Understand that demonstrating the love you have for your teacher is something that can bring problems. Overall, it is a fact that is not socially frowned upon and in doing so you risk being in everybody's mouth.


When she is dictating the class it is imperative to have good discipline. You must behave properly! In this way she will have a good concept and you'll earn points as a student and surely, you have sympathy for that.

When your teacher needs a favor or an errand, do it and offer to show your warmth. Raise your level of oral participation in class, either to show your skills or to help maintain order among your colleagues asking them to be silent when she speaks.

Do not forget

Always be willing to help. 

Bring out your gentleness with small everyday gestures. Open the door or run her chair to sit. You can accompany her to her car every day so she knows you best and see you're a real grown up person and not a little kid.


The relationship between students and teachers is supposed to be based on a set of rules whose meaning is respected and understood by both parties. But, in the age at which the body develops, the teen is going through a delicate period in which you experience the need to feel that he is someone, not just those closest to him. Teachers often assume the role of these other people. 


At the time that students seek their identity it is important that teachers are among a teacher you have more affinity with the rest. This can manifest in any teacher or tutor. This relationship becomes the student, troubled or not, who probably will want to please the teacher getting good grades in the subjects taught. 

Teacher Love 

The student falling for a teacher is somehow a very classic pattern. A smile, attention or a good grade is enough for the student to imagine an affair with one of the teachers. In the case of the adults, preferring the student in question can be situations of real danger. Your attitude should be impeccable and exemplary. 


The first difficulties in the student behavior usually appear during college. For a teenager it is almost vital to confront the adults and teachers, representing the authority; they become the ideal target to be pursued, especially those without an exaggerated way of power over students. In addition, adolescence in love may express aggressive attitudes. The period, in which the student interacts in a group, feels the need to be recognized by their peers and does not care if that entails having to be insolent or having to do crazy things. 

Have you ever loved your teacher? Are you willing to forget about your loved one just because you know it is not right? Share your own experiences to debate today! 

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How to Write a Position Paper

A position paper is like a debate presenting one side of an argument related to an issue. The main idea of the position paper is to convey to the audience that your opinion is correct and defendable. The idea that you select must be meticulously analyzed while choosing a topic, then develop the argument and organize the paper.

A position paper is about taking a stand on an issue and making it justifiable with your argument, thus you have to ensure that you are addressing each and every side of the issue in a way that your audience is able to understand your point of view clearly. You have to take one side on an issue and convince your audience that you have a clear perception of the topic you are presenting to them. It is important to support your topic with evidence to ensure that it stands the validity of your claim. To show that you are well informed, you need to refute the counter claims.  You need to do a thorough research on your paper from all angles, so that you can cumulate every necessary evidence to support your argument to withstand the counter attack from the opposition. Organize and outline your viewpoint in such a way so that the position you present is unique though biased and establishes your credibility and passion on the issue. 

Here are a few steps that will guide you in writing a position paper:

To take a stand on an issue, you need to establish that it is arguable and of interest to you.  You need to see whether the topic is genuine; whether there can be two different opinions and whether you can manage it. Most importantly, you should be able to evaluate whether you can advocate one of its positions. 

Once you have narrowed down on the subject, start with the research work.  While you already have an opinion on the topic and have selected the side that you want to debate, make sure you provide a strong base to your arguments. List each and every side of the debate, which will help you examine your ability to support your counter claims with supporting evidence from each side. 

-It may include evidence that has been verified and authenticated by most.

- Overviews and information.

-Analyzing of books and government reports. 

-Scholarly articles like academic journals. 

-You should also try to incorporate personal experiences if any.

After you have completed your list, it’s important to compare pieces of information one by one keeping your audience in mind and the point you want to establish. To do this convincingly, you can frame a questionnaire for yourself on your viewpoint and ask the following questions: 

- Whom are you going to present? 

- What is their viewpoint on the issue? 

- What are probable evidences that can convince them? 

- Have you asserted something and provided a plan of action? 

- Have you provided enough material to support your claim?

Next, you need to outline your topic first by introducing it, providing a suitable background, and then presenting your views on the topic. The introduction should solve the dual purpose of introducing the topic as well as establish your approach to it. You can do this by providing a suitable backdrop. Then you need to establish an area in which your topic fits and slowly move on to the specific field of discussion. Keep in mind the counterclaims; they need to be supported with proper information; refute them adequately and provide evidences for your arguments. Anticipate the counter arguments and prepare your response to them thoroughly from all angles so that the reader or the audience understands that you have a more valid explanation than your opponent. Present the arguments fairly and objectively considering all sides of the issue but do not provide a superficial list of all counter arguments, and be consistent with your prior argument. That means you should not divert from the original argument. 

Afterwards, you need to frame a procedure to present your arguments by asserting each point one by one so that you keep the audience or the reader interested in your subject. By presenting your educated and informed opinion, provide evidence that fits your argument. There can be more than three or four arguments but not less.

Finally, you should conclude by restating your argument and provide a plan of action; simply highlighting an issue is not enough and you should have a proper remedy to it, otherwise, your arguments will remain incomplete. You should not introduce any new information in the argument in the conclusion. The best conclusion will restate the topic in various ways and then present its implication. 

The points discussed in this article will help you frame a better position paper. 

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The Real Risks of Texting During Class

We have seen that the world of "texting" has transcended social networks becoming cyber and the particular language in one common. Now, what are the implications for language? Truth is, many believe that texting during class is extremely bad. Students have the right to practice the vocabulary this way. Specialists believe that this form of language is a phenomenon that, many agree, is possible cause for concern or a red alert that puts the 'correct' language in danger of extinction. This is observable in some people who are already used to go for the abbreviations that apply to forms or documents for their constant use. 

This texting trend proposes a new role of spoken or written language. During class, they tend to abbreviate similar to that of "texting" as part of everyday life, shows that indeed the language in its instrumental function effectively used this time to meet the business needs to transmit customers a sense of equality of interest or knowledge level. It also shows how regulatory language, as it is a sign of control and empowerment of jargon and constructed within society. 

Making sense or not?

According to many, literacy is seen as a set of ways to use language and make sense of both in speech and in writing that are linked to world views and values are certain beliefs or social or cultural groups integrally connected with the identity or self-consciousness of the people who practice them. So is the "texting" as a literacy practice that represents a vision of the world we live in and a group of people who identify with this practice? Say yes. On the other hand, some perspectives address that this is all about the literacy of today, these are: the socio-cultural approach, someone behind the text, each community has its particular forms of literacy, language use varies over space and time and finally the meaning of the word originated in the community. It will continue to see this common practice associated with "texting" and increasingly between different areas of the population. 

While many aspects are at stake, officially "texting" is an example of literacy as part of our social practice, exercised by many and rejected by others. It is our language of the 21st century. 

A Role

Believe it or not, many do not agree at all that the use of texting is to impair language. The languages are not caught in time entities but evolve. Notice how each time to accept new words and grammar changes according to how it is changing in each language. Moreover, some believe that texting has a role, a reason. When you have little time and space, you can abbreviate what you say. If you did not have to send multiple messages, which would give more work, texting language type may be found on the label of a commodity. This shows how the market appropriates a form of language that is not yours; you are not entitled to establish a link with the potential consumer. For instance, the store where you saw that label is directed toward a portion of the population that knows how to "read" this particular form of language. Do not try texting during class, though. You need to pay attention. Language is the key just as knowledge. Get ready to venture onto grammar and the top spelling corrections ever!

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