On Demand Writing for Students: Coaching Yourself for the SAT, ACT, and AP Essays

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CHAPTER 8
Practice That Can Make You Nearly
Perfect

A two-page exercise in thesis construction or a brief lesson in syntax is unlikely to polish your writing abilities to perfection. Practice—and lots of it—is almost certainly a more effective means of ensuring that you keep your prose buffed to a high luster.

The lessons in this chapter are not unique to timed writing situations. They can be used to improve writing whether or not a stopwatch is involved. The aim of these lessons is not to teach you new strategies but to reinforce concepts that can strengthen all of your writing. You can never get enough practice in being specific, infusing facts creatively, countering arguments logically, and reading analytically.

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