Your first semester of college has been a barrage of heavy reading, high-pressure exams, and challenging class discussions. So far, you’ve been holding your own, but your confidence begins to crumble when you get your first major writing assignment. You’ve never had to work so hard to write a paper this long and complicated. Gone are your days of reading Spark Notes and throwing together a paper an hour before it’s due. 

If you’re staring at a blank Word document with no idea where to start, don’t despair. Fortunately, help is all around you. Here are four tips to help you ace your essays.

1. Follow the prompt.

There isn’t one right way to write a college-level paper; every essay will have different requirements. Before you write a bunch of material you can’t use, spend some time reading over the assignment guidelines. Look for keywords that reveal what approach you should take and what skills you need to demonstrate. 

For example, if your professor asks you to “report your experiment’s results” or “summarize the article,” your writing needs to be concise and objective. If, on the other hand, the prompt asks you to “present an argument” or “formulate a thesis,” providing a brief overview of a topic isn’t enough; you need to take a position on a specific issue and provide evidence to prove your opinion is valid. 

Words like “describe,” “explain,” “discuss,” or “analyze” indicate you need to go into detail. If your analysis would fit in a Tweet, it needs more development. One way to ensure you’re being thorough is to pretend your audience hasn’t read the novel or isn’t familiar with the topic, so you need to explain key concepts and provide examples. Don’t gloss over something just because your professor already knows about it.

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In 2018, it feels like anyone who takes the time and commitment to do something they’ve always dreamed of doing can accomplish it. There are Gen Zers as young as 18 doing business on Instagram and using all the right Instagram Tools, and business leaders who have dreamed of it for years are finally going remote, using ACH payments to pay their employees. Writers are taking on the online world by becoming content writers and bloggers, and many of them are publishing ebooks, putting their book’s destiny into their own hands. And you’ve been inspired by this, which is why you’re thinking of writing a fantasy novel.

After all, fantasy is a genre that everyone loves. Especially now with shows like Game of Thrones being so popular, you love the idea of writing one. But you aren’t exactly sure where to start. Luckily, here are some tips that’ll help you embark on one of the greatest journeys of your life: writing your first fantasy book.

Read your favorite authors--and some new ones, too

A world of fantasy is an amazing place. It’s a place to get lost in, a distant land where values are different than they are in our modern world, and where almost anything can happen. Whether it’s Tolkien that first inspired you, or J.K. Rowling (who was successful enough to make $95 million between June 2016-17), you vividly remember every detail. Every character you met, and the way the language magically captured each place perfectly. And if you want to write something like that, it’s important to read the authors you love most. While you’re doing this, jot down some notes about what they do well when it comes to character development, structure (including structure analyses of chapters), dialogue, and language.

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In this article, we tell you what you should take into account according to your needs. The followings are some tips to follow before buying a professional camera:

1. Megapixels are not the most important thing: The number of megapixels is really not the only factor to take into account if what is needed are high-quality or advanced photos. Currently it is usual for cameras to have between 14 and 16 megapixels, which together with a good sensor, processor and optics, will give you the images you are looking for.

2. Sensor: the larger this is, the better the image quality will be. For a professional camera, the sensor must be between APS-C (23.6 mm x 15.6 mm). Sensor is the reason why the catch of a camera is different from another.

3. Processor: Depending on the brand, you can receive different names, the important thing is to be fast and process the color information well.

4. The optics: it must be made of glass and the brighter the better photos it will take, especially in situations with low light. When you ask for an optician, keep in mind that the smaller the number, the greater the luminosity. Be ware of the luminosity!

For example, a lens with luminosity F2.8 is brighter than one with luminosity F3.5.

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The Big Apple is a budding photographer’s dream. The curvature of the shadows in magic hour or the highlights of the passing parade in the noon sun, even the millions of pigeon flocks that create some of the most stunning backdrops against the Empire State Building. New York City can keep any photographer, even those of us with more experience, busy for decades. There is never a dull moment to be had in New York. Some of the best locations below include shooting on a cruise which hardly occurs to many photographers, but it happens to present some of the most thrilling shots known to man.

Photography Hot Spot 1:

You don’t have to go to Japan to be able to experience the backdrop and beauty of cherry blossom trees. Sakura Park is one of the most incredible pathways to experience through a lens. Some of the world’s top winners in photographic competitions hail from this very spot. Make sure you catch the blossoms mid March to April, that is when they are in full bloom.

Photography Hot Spot 2:

Giant billboards, reflective glass and light shining from all directions. With the continuous hustle and bustle a slow shutter speed can electrify your shots to no end. The commercial photographer’s dream is 5th Avenue, New York City. Why? Because it never has a dull moment or a dull face. If you’re a budding street photographer, then this is your area! 

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