Five Tips for College Writers: The No-Prompt Essay

Girl in front of a chalkboard with question marks

It’s that time again. Your professor has passed out the next essay prompt. You give it the once over, and your heart sinks. You must choose your own topic and provide adequate support from the text.

You’re probably asking, Why do professors do this? Why can’t they just give me a prompt?  The truth is, however annoyed and lost you may feel, this is a tremendous opportunity. In fact, this is one of the best essay prompts you can get. And here’s why. Read More