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Building an essay can be messy—piecing together paragraphs and a thesis like Dr. Frankenstein? No thank you! Whether you’re practicing for the SAT Essay or the ACT Writing section or analyzing your favorite book for fun—we swear that’s a thing—Shmoop’s Labs don’t have any monsters!

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Literature Essay Lab

It’s literature about literature! How meta! Taking it one step further, use our Essay Lab to pull quotes from our study guides to help you craft a killer essay!

It's an art

Argumentative Essay Lab

The argumentative essay is the go-to of essays; after all, you're almost always making an argument in an essay, right? So if you're not sure where to start, you've come to the right place. This Lab will guide you through the entire process (even that pesky thesis statement).

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College Essay Lab

Spoiler alert: essays are required everywhere. Whether you're applying for a college scholarship or a job with a six-figure salary, you'll need to be able to construct a coherent piece of writing.

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Additional Essay Help

  • Analysis Essay Lab
  • Compare & Contrast Essay Lab
  • Definition Essay Lab
  • Descriptive Essay Lab
  • Expository Essay Lab
  • Explanatory Essay Lab
  • Persuasive Essay Lab
  • Reaction Essay Lab
  • Review/Critical Essay Lab

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Essay Lab, Explained

What is Essay Lab?

Essay Lab is a tool to help students brainstorm, outline, write, and refine school and college application essays. Here's just a sample of what it includes:

  • A step-by-step walkthrough of how to tackle an essay
  • Tips on how to write a thesis statement, with examples and explanations
  • Help with brainstorming, writing, and revising

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