Here is an excellent guide for writing strong essays in English courses, written by Professors Jeannine DeLombard and Dan White in the UofT English Department.
It is short and non-technical and offers very helpful step-by-step procedures for developing thesis statements and writing strong, effective prose.
We’ll be discussing some of these ideas in Friday’s tutorial, but nothing beats the full treatment this resource offers.
A quicker read, but also useful, is “Getting an A on an English Paper,” by Jack Lynch at Rutgers University. Very helpful especially for delineating what makes a good thesis statement.