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Is It Safe to Eat Edible Gold Leaf?

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It is the qualities of gold that make it one of the most coveted metals in the world. Not only can it be beautifully shaped and sculpted, it can be beaten into a sheet thin enough to be transparent. Gold in its purest form or when it is 24 carat pure, and when made into extremely thin leaf and flakes, is edible and used as a decorative element in food and drinks. In ancient times, edible gold was also used to decorate table fruit and lend an extravagant touch to royal banquets.

Edible gold is typically sold in leaf or flakes which can be used to decorate luxurious desserts, high-end chocolates or even in drinks to add a celebratory touch. When using leaf gold, it can be transferred to the desired food by simply touching it to the surface to be decorated. Edible gold leaf is made by beating gold into extremely thin sheet, less than a millionth of an inch which can then be laid as a cover onto the food item.

Theoretically one can ingest pure gold and not fall ill. Edible gold has no odor, taste, texture, calories, or expiration date and, generally speaking, there is no danger in ingesting it in small quantities. In this form, it is chemically inert and passes through the digestive system without getting absorbed by the body. It passes out of the body after about 24 hours without causing any harm or reaction. Gold of purity less than 24 carat, however is not edible and can cause serious illness.

Why use such an expensive element?

The simple process of adding elegant 24 carat edible gold to fine dining foods as well as celebration confectionary makes for a special presentation and a memorable dining experiences.

Edible gold flakes are easy to use if you want to sprinkle the tops of candies with a gold glimmer. The sheets are more delicate and can be tricky to use, but they are best if you want to cover a larger surface area with gold.

Using edible gold on food has been a very old tradition with many people and cultures. Italian Dukes and Earls used to decorate their risottos with gold as early as the 16th century. Alchemists of the 15th century used gold medicinally. It is said that sweets covered in edible gold were served during afternoon meals to sustain the heart health of the individual.

Where to source it?

Edible gold is readily available online or at specialty gold distributors and auction sites. Specialty cake and candy decorating stores often carry gold leaf or gold flakes. Gold sheets are also available at art supply stores, where they are used in art or craft projects. If buying from a non-food source, one has to take care and ensure that what you are buying is truly edible-quality metal leaf. 24 carat gold leaf edible can be purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Ians-Choice-Genuine-3-15X3-15-Decorations/dp/B07BN5N4RD. And if you want more facts about edible gold leaf ingredients see this site: https://ianschoice.com/edible-gold-leaf/.

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I Had to Take Some Important Steps to Keep My House Safe Each Day

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When I bought my first house, I was so excited. I’ve loved everything about having a place that is my own. I didn’t realize that I moved next door to a very bad neighbor at first, though. At some point, I realized I needed to get an ADT alarm system for my own safety. Now that I have it, I do feel more secure. I wish that it didn’t have to be this way, but any time that you think something may be amiss about your own security, it is always the best to take the route of being safe. Taking simple steps can help keep you from being very sorry later on.

When I moved into the neighborhood, nothing seemed amiss at first. All of my neighbors seemed really great. Continue reading

How to Write an IB Economics Evaluation Essay

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Economics evaluation essays are often regarded as one of the most difficult assessment components of the IB Economics program. Students often struggle with structuring their evaluations and applying their economic knowledge to the question. However, evaluations do not need to be difficult and students often overcomplicate their thinking when writing evaluations. In this guide, we will examine first, the wrong way to approach evaluation essays and then how to correctly structure an evaluation. For this, we will use this question to demonstrate the essay writing process:

“Evaluate the extent to which a depreciating exchange rate may benefit or harm an economy.”

The wrong way

Many students adopt this approach when writing evaluation essays:

1. Define

2. Descriptions and analysis

3. Evaluate

Evaluation should not be the “icing on the cake”. Rather, the evaluation should be the cake itself. Writing an economics essay using the above approach can easily lead to the mistake of describing everything about a depreciation and leaving only a small part of the essay for evaluation.

The next problem is that, when reading this type of essay, it is unclear as to what the student is evaluating until near the conclusion. As the student, it’s also easy to get sidetracked.

Some students using this approach may often run out of time and not do any evaluation whatsoever, which will make earning even a 6 difficult.

Finally, this with this approach, it is difficult to effectively tackle different types of economics essays. With the approach in this guide, evaluations can be tackled almost systematically which means that less thinking time is required, leaving more precious writing time.

Note: This approach can work and I’m sure there are students who have scored 7s with this approach. But it is much more difficult to learn if you are unfamiliar with economics evaluations. What I recommend, is to use a systematic strategy and structure that can be applied to almost all types of essay questions.

The correct way

First, let’s think about what evaluation actually is.

This can be found in most economics mark schemes:

Effective evaluation may be to:

· Consider short-term versus long-term consequences

· Examine the impact on different stakeholders

· Discuss advantages and disadvantages

· Prioritize the arguments.

The third description is the one that we recommend as it can suit the widest range of possible examination questions. Stakeholder and long run versus short run analyses are often subsets of a discussion of advantages and disadvantages, i.e. the advantages and disadvantages to different stakeholders, or in the short run and long run. Regardless of the question, there will always be advantages and disadvantages. However, there may not be enough to discuss regarding short run versus long run, or regarding various stakeholders.

You should prioritize your arguments anyway, listing the most important advantages/disadvantages first.

The approach I recommend can be used for almost all types of evaluation essays (With some minor tweaks). The key here is that with practice, you can do evaluations almost systematically, which saves on planning time and keeps your essay focussed.

So, the 5 steps to getting full marks in your economics evaluation essay (Using the advantages and disadvantages approach):

1. Define key terms in the question

This is fairly straightforward. The mark scheme awards a few easy marks just for defining the key terminology. It also helps to focus the essay and for the student to get into “essay writing mode.”

2. Answer the question in 1-2 sentences

Essentially what this means is, summarise the entire essay into 1-2 sentences. This sentence is crucial and is designed to focus your essay. All of your future paragraphs from here will support this.

It is also important to demonstrate your intention to evaluate here. Your 1-2 sentence summary must have elements of evaluation – i.e. useful phrases to use include, “it depends on” or “there are advantages and disadvantages” or “there are many costs and benefits associated” etc.

This sentence can be fairly vague. What’s important is clarification on the direction you will take with your essay.

3. List and explain advantages

Note: For policy choices, this can be replaced with “benefits” and for questions where you are required to evaluate a statement, simply replace this with “arguments supporting the statement”

The more detailed the explanation of the advantage, the fewer advantages you need to discuss and vice versa. Aim for at least 2 and at most 3, although in rare instances you may only have one advantage that you discuss in length.

With practice, you will intuitively work out how the length and detail that each advantage needs to be discussed in. Ideally, include one diagram per advantage discussed.

As you become more advanced in your essay writing, it is often useful to qualify these advantages as well. Rather than simply writing “One key advantage is that the policy will reduce unemployment,” write “Given that the economy is likely to be experiencing a deflationary gap, an key advantage of the policy is that it will help to bring the economy closer to full employment.”

4. List and explain disadvantages

Note: Replace with “costs”, or “arguments against the statement” as appropriate to the question.

The principles behind this are the same as for advantages.

5. Weigh up advantages and disadvantages

It is often the case that the advantages and disadvantages do not carry equal weight. Depending on what is being evaluated and the economy in consideration, it is often more appropriate to lean one side or another rather than simply writing “it depends.”

This is essentially your conclusion. For the vast majority of evaluations, this should be a tentative conclusion, i.e. “It is likely to be advantageous overall” rather than “It is definitely advantageous overall.”

For evaluations of policies, it may be powerful here to consider some alternative policy options. Remember also that doing nothing is a possible policy choice.

Key things to remember

1. Your essay’s purpose should be to evaluate. Evaluation should not be the “extra” part you add on for bonus marks.

2. Answer the question and only the question. But use the question as an opportunity to show off your economic knowledge

3. Diagrams should always be “sandwiched.” Relevant text should always be used to introduce the diagram and subsequently to explain the diagram. Do not have a diagram hanging at the end of a paragraph or randomly inserted before a chunk of text.

4. Diagrams must be labelled accurately and titled. Diagrams should also show a shift of some kind. This can be done by using an arrow. I also recommend labelling diagrams Figure 1, Figure 2 etc. This makes them easier to refer back to.

5. Use real world examples. Tackling this is easy. Go on Google and find a statistic for:

a. A country that is experiencing rapid growth (Hint: China)

b. A country that is experiencing very slow growth

c. A country experiencing high inflation

d. A country experiencing low inflation or deflation (Hint: Japan)

e. A country with low GDP/capita

f. Countries with high and low income inequality (HL)

g. Countries with fixed and floating exchange rates

h. A country with high levels of debt

i. A country that is a net exporter

j. A country that is a net importer

The list goes on. Basically, you can get some quick and easy marks just by having some real world knowledge handy.

6. Have some original thought

Original thought is essentially using your creativity to add a little extra flavour to your response. Try to go a little beyond what is mentioned in the text book. The easiest way to do this is to qualify your advantages and disadvantages to the question specifically.

For instance, if the country has high debt levels and you are evaluating depreciation, it may be useful to include something like: “Given that the economy is experiencing high debt levels, a depreciation is likely to make it more difficult to service debt repayments.”

Your essay should not be generic. To achieve the highest marks, it needs to be targeted to the question. This is especially true for the 8 mark data response evaluation question.

7. Explain concepts linearly

What this means is don’t have your analysis jump from A straight to D. Explain your reasoning in a step-by-step manner, as if you are an economics teaching explaining the concept to a student.

For instance, if you are trying to explain that lowering interest rates is likely to increase aggregate demand, your explanation should look something like this:

“Lower interest rates represent a lower cost of borrowing. As such, firms more likely to invest in capital, which is likely to increase the level of investment in the economy. Furthermore, a lower interest rate results in a lower return on savings, which is likely to result in a lower marginal propensity to save and thus a higher marginal propensity to consume. All else being equal, this is likely to result in higher consumption. Since investment and consumption are both components of aggregate demand, lowering interest rates are likely to lead to an increase in aggregate demand.”

The wording could probably flow a little better, but you see the point. Explain concepts in a linear fashion or the examiner may get lost, or assume that you don’t fully understand what you are writing.

8. Practise, practise, practise!

Write as many economics essays as possible before your final exam. This is the only way that you will be able to master the art. After you have written each essay, ask for feedback from your economics teacher. If you are doing past paper questions, look at the mark scheme to see what you may have missed.

In your final exam, do not expect to have much time left remaining. Through practice, you will be able to write faster and not need to commit as much time to thinking. In your final, planning time should take no more than 5 minutes and for the most part, if you have this structure memorised, you should be able to think ahead as you are writing.

At first, it is acceptable to use the textbook/Google as you are writing. But I have a rule for this – don’t use the textbook twice to look up the same concept!

9. If you’re doing HL, make sure to include HL content.


Why Does the Essay Word Count Worry Students So Much?

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It is funny how what one person would consider to be little more than a minor inconvenience can become a major problem and even a significant worry for so many others. This seemingly ‘small thing’ can soon take on a life of its very own as something quite major until it is playing on a person’s mind and haunting their very existence until they have little or no real conception of how to proceed without guidance. Fortunately, however, help is at hand in the form of this article because whilst the problem of an essay word count may be something of a minor concern for many students it is something that should not be taken for granted as it is only not a problem if you know how to handle it effectively when it comes to the essay writing process.

Therefore, this article will look to provide you with a brief overview of some of the things that you should look to deal with when considering the problems you may have with your word count. With this in mind, one of the first things that I would do is consider what actually ‘counts’ towards your essay word count by looking in the guidance that you have received from your institution and your individual assessor to check what they expect of you.

Now many of you may think ‘Well, I don’t to do that because every word I write should count towards my essay word count so I need to structure my essay accordingly’ – WRONG!!

More often than not only the words you write in the main body of your work will count towards your essay word count. As a result, this means that your footnotes, title (i.e. main heading/question), subtitles/subheadings, and bibliography will NOT count towards your essay word count because they are not part of the main body of your work and, with regards to the footnotes and bibliography, are meant to give your work greater credibility and legitimacy by showing that you are able to utilise other people’s views in your work and critique them.

Sounds simple doesn’t it?

If it only it was that easy . . .

The unfortunate reality is that very often you will be told your footnotes WILL count towards your essay word count and so you will have to make allowances for them and look to abbreviate where necessary/possible to save words for the main body of your work according to an academically acceptable system and this can be made all the more complex where your computer does not know the difference between the main body of the essay and the references so make sure to BE AWARE!

What about when you are asked to use a form of ‘in-text’ referencing like Harvard Referencing?

Again, you must check to see whether these reference will be included in your essay word count because it is all too easy to assume that they will be just because they are included in the same area of your work as your discussion and analysis. Therefore, where they are not included it is usually a good idea to keep a tally of the words that you use for your Harvard References so that you can subtract them from your total at the end and get the right word count.

Why is it so important to get the right essay word count?

Getting the right essay word count is essential because whilst many of you may have heard the ‘mythical’ view that most institutions only check the word count for one out of every dozen essay papers that they receive, what with technology’s ongoing advancement, can you really afford to take the chance. This is because the unfortunate reality is that very often if you are even ONE SINGLE WORD over you could lose anything up to 20% of your overall mark that could be the difference between an ‘A’ and a ‘C’ grade or even a ‘PASS’ or a ‘FAIL’.

Of course you may be at one of those institutions where there is a 5% excess, but DO NOT take this for granted – make sure that you know what 5% of your word count is from the moment you starting writing (simply divide your word count by 20 on a calculator) and DO NOT go over it!

But how do I manage essay word count when it comes to actually writing the work in practice?

You should see some of the many panicked faces that I have seen when you tell a student that, after having written a number of 2,000 words (or less essays), they will now have to write 4,000 words and – dare I say it – even a 10,000 word dissertation!

The reason why most people start to worry is that they get fixated on the number for obvious reasons because ‘10,000’ is a lot bigger than ‘2,000’ – I know that this may be a bit ‘Noddy’ for some of you but bear with me as I am getting to my point.

However, what these same people fail to appreciate is that there is actually very little difference between the strategies that you should be adopting for writing 2,000 words when you are then asked to write 10,000 words. This is because whilst many of you may just be able to rattle off 2,000 words you may actually be costing yourselves marks if you do not take a moment to think (of course ignore what I am saying if you are already getting top grades for everything you write because you obviously know something that I do not and I would love to know your secret!). Therefore, when it comes to producing any piece of work according to an essay word count I would advise you to have the following word in mind – ‘PLANNING’.

Well, when thinking about the planning of any of your work I would look to consider your essay strutures as being an essential aspect of this aspect of your essay writing and so I would advise you to first ask yourself the following five questions –

(a) What am I being asked to do?

(b) What does this mean to me?

(c) How will this effect my writing style?

(d) What do I already know about what I have been asked to write about?

(e) Where can I find more information?

Then, depending on the nature of the subject that you have been asked to write about you may be required to undertake a great deal of research or the information may already be available to you (i.e. if you are writing about law then you are clearly going to need to refer to court decisions and legislation as well as other people’s views allied to your own, but if you are writing about a play then you may still refer to other people’s views but your own view is likely to become all the more significant for the reader so think about what the reader/assessor requires from you).

But how does this effect the essay word count?

The answer is it should get you thinking about the structure of your work which you can then detail in the first paragraph by way of an abstract (particularly for a dissertation or thesis) or you may refer to it in the way that I do for an essay as the ‘Introduction to the Introduction’ (see my book via my website at the bottom of this article for more information) because you are using this to tell the reader about your approach to the subject matter and in what order this will be undertaken. Then the next paragraph will be your ‘actual’ introduction that serves to present the main issue that is to be discussed and its importance to the particular aspect of the subject area you are studying.

From there the rest of your work should be looking to consider matters related to this issue so that, for example, if you are asked to consider the ‘Effectiveness of the Youth Justice System in the UK’ you may begin by saying why this issue is so important before then looking at what successes their have been and the efforts made to deal with any problems. This can be effectively achieved by looking at the effectiveness of practices including the use of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOS), cautions and exclusion order. Then, finally, you should be looking at concluding with a summary of the key points derived from your discussion relating to the overall subject matter that you have been analysing so as to draw the work to a close.

In terms of the word count itself I have found that it is generally a good idea to not write less than seven lines and/or three sentences and NOT much more than 250 words per paragraph so that you keep your arguments and analysis as part of your discussion clear and concise without proving too detriment to your essay word count.

With this in mind, I generally also like to look to work to the following four basic rules with regards to the content of each paragraph –

(a) First, make a point that you consider to be important.

(b) Second, explain why that point is important.

(c) Third, offer any supporting evidence from other people’s work and show why it supports what you are saying.

(d) Fourth, consider whether there is anything that conflicts with what you are saying and then use that to move into your next paragraph so that the flow of your work is enhanced.

Of course these rules may need to be adapted depending on the nature of the work that you have been set, but in principle these are just some of the thoughts that go through my head when thinking about the essay I am writing and the essay word count that is available for that work.


Plessy vs Ferguson – African American History Essay

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The U.S. Supreme Court: the highest court in the land. Their job: to decide the constitutionality of cases. But is that what they are really doing? Can we trust that their decisions are just? Two important cases in history can help answer this question. A 1896 U.S. Supreme Court case, Plessy v. Ferguson, made facilities and schools separate based on race. In another case in 1954, Brown v. Board of Education, the court reversed its decision and said that separate was not equal. These two cases teach two lessons about the U.S. Supreme Court. Plessy shows that our justice system has failed at times to establish justice. Brown shows that even though the Court rules justly, justice isn’t guaranteed.

Many events led up to Plessy v. Ferguson. For example: after the Congress withdrew federal troops from the South in 1877, conditions for blacks deteriorated. The government pushed blacks into an inferior position. The government took action to prevent blacks from voting immediately.

They embarked poll taxes, “grandfather clauses”. They also segregated on trains, in parks, schools, restaurants, theaters, swimming pools, and even cemeteries. If blacks broke these segregation laws, they were likely to end up either in prison or dead!

The case of Plessy v. Ferguson was a very important case in American History because it enforced segregation even making it legal, and made segregation a concrete reality for the people of the United States. It began with a man called Homer Plessy. Plessy was 7/8 white and only had 1/8 drop of black blood in him, but under Louisiana law, was considered black. In 1890, Louisiana passed a law providing that “all railway companies carrying passengers in their coaches in this state shall provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races, by providing two or more passenger coaches for each passenger train, or by dividing the passenger coaches by a partition so as to secure separate accommodations.” Plessy believed that the law was unjust and so he challenged the law by refusing to leave the white railroad car. He was arrested and taken to trial. At this trial he argued that the Separate Car Act violated the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. But he was found guilty. Plessy then appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Again his case was upheld. Plessy appealed again in 1896 to the Supreme Court of the United States. Homer Plessy was found guilty once again. The impact of the court’s decision was a harsh one. It created a reality that was a nightmare to many. Their lives would be changed dramatically. They would officially be separated and considered low down in society.

Plessy v. Ferguson was the law of the land until 1954, when it was finally, successfully overturned by Brown v. Board of Education. In 1954, a little girl named Linda Brown in Topeka, Kansas had to walk 5 miles to school. She didn’t get recess and could not play with any of the other children who were all white. Her parents filed a case to the U.S. Supreme Court saying that there is no way blacks and whites could get equal education if they were separated. The court ruled that separate is not equal.

The amount of time between Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education shows just how long it took to get justice for blacks from the Supreme Court. It amazes me that our government could even question if blacks have the right to justice. It should be basic knowledge for us to know that it is wrong to treat any people so unjustly. Just to prove my point here are some questions you can ask yourself: are blacks human beings just like whites? Do blacks and whites both have feelings and needs? And finally, is the only difference between blacks and whites is that they have a different complexion? I am confused as to why so many people, including Justices on our Supreme Court would not answer yes to all these questions. How could anyone who had any intelligence think it was acceptable to treat blacks differently?

Fortunately the Court did come to its senses in Brown v. Board of Education. Yet just because The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separate is not equal it did not mean that blacks were automatically treated equally. After Brown v. Board of Education happened, there needed to be the Civil Rights Movement, in which many people were involved to push society to change. Two people who led the Civil Rights Movement were Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. We must acknowledge that it wasn’t only those people, there were others working and helping the same cause. There were many ways that they impacted The Civil Rights Movement. They gave speeches, wrote letters, led marches, held meetings and many other strategies. They also endured mental and physical hardships. Only through the Civil Rights Movement did the promise of Brown actually get achieved. These people were poor, wealthy, high class, low class, black, some white, short and tall. Basically, there was a wide range of different kinds of people. Not everyone automatically changed their frame of mind when The U.S. Supreme Court ruled separate is not equal. There were still many people out there who were racist and wanted to keep blacks in an inferior position.


How to Speak at Colleges

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Ever considered speaking at colleges? Ever wondered how to get into that very lucrative market?

The corporate arena is not the only niche where speakers can gain big profits. Colleges have tremendous potential to make you rich. Educational institutions have the funding to hire speakers that can motivate and inspire the students to be successful in their lives.

It is not about whether colleges have the money. Believe me, they have lots of it — they are recession-proof –. But rather, it is all about how to get booked to speak at colleges.

As professional speaker, you should understand that the college market is totally different from other markets. Marketing to them should be done differently. Keep in mind, you are dealing with educators. They want the speakers they perceive as the best person for the job.

One big mistake a speaker can make is to create his material or speech first then trying to find a market to buy it. The more effective approach would be creating a speech aimed directly at a specific market.

The way people perceive your material affects your success. For example, if you have a book about motivation titled “Motivation for success”, adding a word or phrase that directly addresses your market, such as modifying the title into “Motivation for College Success”. It will sell better in the college niche than the former title because it is perceived as more specialized to the college market.

As much as possible make your promotional materials market-specific. If you target the college market, make your marketing materials exclusively for them. They will see you as a specialist and absolute expert in the field.

Trying to get booked to speak at colleges can be very easy if you market properly. You don’t have to be well-known in other speaking arenas. They won’t really care at all if you’re not a celebrity in other markets. Additionally, you won’t need expensive sample videos to get you booked. Implementing the marketing strategies above is enough to get you the spot. By the way, one-sheets will not work in this market. It is way better to promote via brochure.

The best thing about colleges is that you can always be asked to come back and speak again. There are new audiences every year and if you can impress the college coordinators you can easily be booked again the following year or maybe every semester.


Essay Writing Tips – Creating a Compelling Introduction

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When it comes to writing essays, many would argue that the introduction is the key to whether your essay is a success or failure. The introduction should serve to inform, inspire and potentially educate the reader, but this is only possible if the introduction is written in such a way that it can be deemed compelling. How you achieve this will obviously depend to some extent on the subject matter but there are some key points to consider, no matter what the subject, which could help you to achieve the compelling introduction to open your essay.

Firstly, remember that your introduction doesn’t need to be, and indeed shouldn’t be too lengthy. Using excess words or developing topics or themes too thoroughly at this stage will leave you struggling to write original content later on in your essay, when the arguments need to be powerful and thought provoking. If you explain all your theories and ideas in the first paragraph the reader will have no reason to read on. Furthermore, succinct writing, especially in the introduction allows for a clear background to your essay to be established.

Background information is essential for any sound essay, and the introduction is the point at which this information should be entered. Providing a background to your question, hypothesis and research will allow your essay to be set in context, making it a far more compelling read.

Once you have laid out the background, you should then briefly mention the key points of your essay, consider what you are trying to prove or disprove. If your argument is countered or supported by other research, state how your work will differ or show similarities to these schools of thought.

Having informed the reader about the background, and stated your key arguments you can then go on to explain exactly how your essay will be developed in terms of research techniques, literature reviews, experiments, and analysis. Again, be sure not to reveal all of the secrets of your essay in your introduction, just enough to inform, enlighten and encourage the reader to want to find out more.

Remember that if you’re trying to get someone to want to read your work, it helps if you actually want to write it in the first place; therefore before you start any writing, make sure your essay is dealing with a topic that interests you. This will then come across in your writing and will help to make not only a compelling introduction but a compelling essay in its entirety.


21 Movie Review – The Ultimate Scholarship Essay

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I had a great time at 21. The plot was enjoyable, the college life undercurrents were fun, and you can even find a love story in it. The use of a scholarship essay made my day, since I usually write about student loans, scholarships, and grants – icing on the cake.

The Basics: Who and What

21 stars Jim Sturgess as MIT student Ben Campbell, a math whiz who plans to go to Harvard Medical School. The movie takes place in his senior year at MIT. He has all A’s, and works at a men’s clothing store for $8 an hour. Why a math genius wants to be a doctor, I don’t know, except that doctors make a pretty penny, and he knows that.

Ben applies for the prestigious Robinson Scholarship, which will pay all of his expenses for Harvard, a total of about $300,000. Serious cash. While discussing his qualifications with a representative of the scholarship, Ben learns what he is up against. The scholarship went to a one legged immigrant last year. He worries he doesn’t have what it takes, and starts looking for other ways to make money.

At this point, we meet Kevin Spacey as slick Professor Micky Rosa and Kate Bosworth as cute MIT student and blackjack spotter Jill Taylor. With help from others on the team, they recruit Ben, promising him lots of money.

Counting Cards Instead of a Scholarship

Ben leans the simple art of card counting, and the team rules. The movie actually teaches fairly well how to count cards – not that I gamble. Truth is, you have to track the shuffles, use multiple spotters counting multiple tables to find a hot deck and so on. It can take months to actually go well at this, and the casinos watch for it in real life. Not the best way to make money for college, but appealing for some people, I’m sure.

I won’t ruin the story for you – take a peek, maybe you’ll like it. 21 entertained me, which is all I ask of a good movie. The card counting college team lives it up while they are in Vegas. Ben and Jill do find some time to have a relationship. Aaaah, isn’t that sweet…

21 is based on Bringing Down The House, by Ben Mezrich about an MIT blackjack team in 1993, but the movie is modernized. I saw the summary version on the Discovery Channel (I think) about 4 years ago. They did win large amounts of money, but probably not as much as in the movie. And they did get shut down, by winning too much at too many casinos.

Card counting, as far as I know, is not illegal, just against casino rules. The real life team had to shut down because all the casinos knew them – and they did play many casinos, not just one.

Remember, this is a movie. You’ll find a few good twists and some nonlinear storytelling. I don’t recommend earning money for college like this, but the scholarship essay adds to the ending. Go see it.


Help Me Write an Essay: Using PEAL and DRAPES Methods in Your Essay

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Are you having a hard time writing your essay papers? Or have you even considered saying this to yourself “help me write an essay!”? I know this may be a bit harsh but you need to evaluate yourself if ever you are capable of doing as such. Most probably, you can either choose between these two options, seek for a professional help or continue writing the easy on your own. In case you would go for the first option then you will never get bothered of expressing one’s issue. On the other hand, you will need to do it the best that you can, if not, you may seek help from your close friends, colleagues, and those that are close to you.

Again, let us face the fact that writing an essay is really not an easy task. So what would be the first and next thing you should do? First of all, you need to find sources with regards to your topic. And following that use PEAL and Drapes methods. But before anything else, I suggest that you consider these essay writing guidelines.

Help Me Write an Essay Guideline for Better Content Build-Up

1.) Choosing a topic that is relevant as well as in line with your field of interest. This will help you create consistent content as well. However, always remember to set off personal dispositions.

2.) Listing important ideas will surely help you not to get lost along the way. This serves as your blueprint considering that you are now building the structure of your essay. Also, your plan should be thoroughly elaborated for easy reading.

3.) Writing introduction must be brief and concise. Readers do not like to read dull essays, so make sure you carefully incorporate those techniques.

4.) Thoroughly assemble your context. Arrange your ideas in a presentable as well as straightforward manner so that it will easily be comprehended. Always adhere to your primary concept and factually express your viewpoints.

5.) Just like your introduction, make sure that you briefly cite your ideas. There is a possibility that your content will become dull if you write longer.

As soon as you incorporate these basic guidelines then it would be applicable to use PEAL technique.

Using PEAL Essay Writing Technique

First off, what is PEAL? It is an acronym wherein each letter has its own corresponding word.

P – Purpose; what is the purpose of your essay? Make sure you point out important details in your sentences. This will make your content very interesting to the readers.

E – Explanation; explain your thought well and provide suitable proof in order to sustain your justifications during the entire essay.

A – Analysis; examine the value of your content and its justifications. Comprehensively examine any possible arguments opposing to your personal judgement.

L – Link; link your paragraphs making it one. Meaning it should be read like a story. The overall content must adhere to your idea and topic, not just a big aimless conclusion.

Basically, PEAL is designed to make academic writing, engaging, convincing, outstanding and entertaining. With this effective technique, I guess you won’t have to say “help me write an essay” again.

Aside from using PEAL method there is another technique that truly is noteworthy and it is called DRAPES Method.

Using DRAPES Method Essay Writing Technique

DRAPES method is essentially designed to maintain composition planning and develop concepts for your content without difficulty. Just like PEAL, DRAPES is also an Acronym, in which every letter has its own corresponding word.

D – Dialogue; dynamically using direct quotes in your content especially if a person is expressing something. But you need to remember not to use too my quotes in your article. Suggested ratio is around 25%.

R – Rhetorical Question; questions targeted for your readers with regards to the topic.

A – Analogy; you need to actively employ a figure of speech, simile.

P – Personal Experience; you incorporate your personal experiences to your content around two or three sentences along with a dialogue.

E – Example; make sure that your example reflects to the entire idea of the essay.

S – Statistics; meaning you will be using digits or percentages.

If you employ these techniques in a comprehensive manner, then the question Help Me Write an Essay will be answered.


Some Tips for Quickly Writing an Essay

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If you’re in high school and you’ve just gotten your major term paper assignment, odds are it’s not a little 500 word essay that you have to write. Pending on your level in your year, you may be looking at a 3 to 5000 word paper most likely do within a month. That said, you probably wondering if there’s a way that you can get to writing this post quickly and correctly so that you can finish it and finish up with a high mark. Of course, this means that you will have to do quite a bit of work in the beginning but, here are some tips that you can use when you’re looking to start writing that essay.

The first tip of course is to start research right away as soon as you either pick your topic or have gotten assigned to you. This is the major portion of writing an essay and it is something that for whatever reason, some students think they can just skip or doing complete job on. However, if you decide to do this you should know that you’ll be trying to research and write at the same time and this is something that for many of us, is not an easy thing to do and usually results in a shoddy final product.

Then once you may have completed in the past. This allows you to very quickly see both where you are in your writing process and to make sure that you stay on track.

Another thing for quickly writing your essay is once you started to write focus on one section for that day and when the section is written put, put it away, save it to the computer, and go do something else. Whatever you do you do not want to immediately go and try to edit it and polish it up as you just spend your time writing it and you will probably not see any mistakes anyway. The idea here is to let it sit for 24 hours and then once you’ve written your next section the next day, take it out and read over it peacefully and then you’ll be able to catch glasses and thought, confusing sentences and general errors that much quicker.

Finally, the best way to quickly write that essay is to let someone else edited at the end. This can be a family member it could be a friend or it could be a professional service. The idea is that you let them look through it and see what is wrong or needs to be corrected and you make the corrections and hand in the final paper this will cut down on your editing time and allow you more time to finish up on other topics.