Meet our new consultants!

We are happy to welcome these intelligent and dynamic students into our team:

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Firangiz Azadi, BAPA 2018

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Asya Huseynli, BBA2018

 

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Rana Abidova, BBA 2019

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Sara Shirinova, BAIS 2018

To learn more about the Write Space team, please click here.

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Be Friends with your Thesis Statement :)

By ULVI SHIRALIYEV

I have heard many students complaining about writing thesis statements for their essays. And even, from my own 2-semester-experience as a writing consultant at the Write Space, ADA’s Writing Center, I have seen many students, especially those taking writing courses, coming to their consultation with a “complete” draft but no thesis statement. Poor thesis statement! If only students knew what good friends they could be with their thesis statement. L How come writing 3-4 page-long essays is possible but when it comes to the poor thesis statement of one-to-two-sentences, they feel desperately sticky? I wrote quite a few essays, in my English preparation year, without outlines, but never without a thesis statement.

I think composing a decent thesis statement should never be a chore. And, indeed, it is not. There may be many reasons why some students do not feel like writing a thesis statement even when they are done with the rest of their paper. In my opinion, the reasons vary from students’ thinking of writing essays as a difficult job to insufficient vocabulary. However, putting everything aside, it is not difficult, and it should not feel like a chore. For instance, I’ll try to help compose a simple but nice thesis statement for two types of essay writing: Critical-analytical essay and Balanced/Argumentative essay.

For the critical analysis essay, I see, you are most probably assigned by your professor an article to read, examine, and write your own critique. If you are okay with the assignment but stuck on the “thesis statement” part, then your generous friend (which herein refers to ^_^ me ^_^) wants to help you with the following starters below:

This paper is going to analyze …

  • This paper will critically examine positive and negative sides of….
  • This critique will show strengths and weaknesses of/in…
  • The analytical review will try to investigate both merits and drawbacks of…
  • This essay will critically analyze the views on the “…” in the essay “…” written by…

NB: By the way, please keep in mind that some writing instructors do not accept a thesis statement that starts with “This paper will analyze”. Therefore, it is always good to get advice first from your instructor about what kind of thesis statement he or she would like to see on your paper. You can also use the following ways to write a thesis statement for critical analysis essay:

Although there are negative points in the essay such as …, it is worth mentioning the positive sides such as …

  • The drawbacks of arguments presented in the article weaken the author’s credibility, however, the merits of the article such as … make the article worth reading.

For Balanced/Argumentative essay you might want to help yourself with the following:

  • Although the common wisdom helps us to understand the views presented by “…”, there are still several points that should be examined in detail.
  • Although the author takes one-sided approach to the issue of “…”, there are still other insights that shed light on the controversial issue of…
  • Notwithstanding the strengths of article “…”, it is also possible to show several weak points presented by “…”
  • In spite of the fact that the author asserts that …, it is unclear how the point on …may influence …

These are just a few examples. You may well come up with many others worth being in the place of thesis statement. And try to practice more and more on how to construct a thesis statement for different kinds of essays. It’s not that difficult. What is difficult is just taking a pen or a pencil with a sheet of paper! Or just your laptop. 😀

Uh-huh, one more thing to keep in mind: it’s always too risky, so quit the habit of writing essays without thesis statement. Thesis is a cloth that is to cover bodies. I am sure just like anyone, you would never dare to go out naked 😜

Ulvi - Profile for The Write Space

Ulvi is an International Relations student at ADA University. He works as a consultant at ADA Writing Centre. He is not limited to a particular set of interests. He is always trying to catch the joy of the moment.

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Will I ever be a good writer?

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When I entered ADA University, from the very first year my life was occupied by writing papers, paragraphs, summaries, and paraphrases. However, I never actually got satisfactory grades for my papers. Even my teachers did not have faith that I would improve my writing. I was very upset and almost gave up since I thought I was not going to be a good writer.  Writing was not “my cup of tea”, I thought to myself. Nevertheless, I never lost faith in myself and kept improving my writing. And here I am, one of the Write Space consultants and successful students in ADA University. Now I get very satisfactory grades for my written assignments, which I owe to my patience and instructors. Here are my quick tips for you to be able to improve your writing:

  • Passion – first of all, you have to love what you are doing
  • Attention – Be attentive to what your instructor/assignment wants from you.
  • Punctuality – Never or rarely miss classes because even by missing one class you lose a lot of information.
  • Experience – of course the more you write/read/research, the more successful you will become.
  • Feedback – I would say one of the most important factors that helped me a lot was getting feedback from my friends and of course professional Write Space consultants 🙂

Therefore, my dear friends, each of you can become a good writer 🙂 Keep loving whatever you are working on, it will lead you to happiness!

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Shakar

Shakar is studying International Relations at ADA University. She is currently a writing consultant at ADA University Writing Centre. She loves traveling, tasting new food, shopping and spending quality time beloved ones

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Creative Writing Club

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Did you know we have a creative writing club running at ADAU? Come and be part of the fun. Every Friday at 3pm in The Writing Center.

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Second Graduate Writing Worshop: How to Write A Literature Review.

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Wondering how you can write a Literature Review? Come to The Writing Center’s second Graduate Writing workshop.

This Friday, 16th October, 2015.

18:30, SPIA 116. See you there.

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Argumentative writing workshop for freshman students

ADAU is busy with the hype of assignments and deadlines already!! The Write Space has been receiving students with assignments on argumentative writing the past weeks! For some, this has been a pain staking experience 🙂 Worry no more!! The WC will be conducting a workshop on argumentative writing. The workshop will be conducted by Mariel Stratford (Fullbright Scholar and WC consultant) on Wednesday 7th October, 2015 in SPIA 116 at 4:00pm

If you are a freshman, do not miss this great opportunity 😀 See you there!

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Writing Workshop for Grad Students.

One of the main reasons the ADAU Write Space was started is to allow students get feedback on their writing. We believe people become better writers when they receive some feedback!! Writing might not be the easiest of things but can be the best way to learn new things. The WC has organised a Writing Workshops for Grad Students of ADA University!

The workshop is on Friday at 6:30pm in  SPIA 116. If you are a Grad students, come through and get some writing tips that might just do you a huge favour 😀 Be there and tell a friend!!

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Drop in sessions at the Write Space!!!

Just in case you have been coming to our website, you should have noticed that that you cant make a booking. Well, we are having a few technical issues with our booking system. For now, the system is not working and so you wont be able to book online.

The good news is that you can still drop by the Write Space. There will be a consultant there waiting for you.

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So do you also think the writing center is only for undergrads?

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The Story of an Outline

Mukhammed Nasirov

Mukhammed Nasirov

Most of the time the writing process makes me suffer. It is always difficult for me to start writing; however, if an outline is structured and completed it eases the work. Before I assumed that an outline should include just sections such as introduction, bodies, and conclusion. Nevertheless, after entering academic life my assumptions changed– a new type of outline appeared for me. There I had to include not only functional division of writing, but also certain ideas in each paragraph. Furthermore, after spending one additional year in University I learned that even each idea in body should have details, evidence, and overall structure.

Today, writing any kind of paper or doing any kind of work, be it daily routine or professional life, I have an outline. It does not matter whether writing is long or is just blog post I should have an outline for it. I am happy that I realized the importance of outlining and now successfully use this strategy every day.

Mukhammed Nasirov is an undergraduate student majoring in Finance & Accounting and currently works as Writing Consultant at The Write Space.

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