The Persuasive Essay

The Persuasive Essay

Remember, effective writing happens when you effectively write to one person.

Note, even though many people could potentially read one piece of writing forever (depending on where it is), when each person reads it, it’s from one mind to another.

That’s why you should write with mainly one person in mind.

For this persuasive essay, you’re trying to convince your blue (sad) friend to try writing themselves an encouraging letter (an exercise you just did recently :D).

Persuasive Essay 5-Paragraph Outline (Suggested, Not Mandatory)

P1 – Introduction to an advantage, an issue, or concept. Thesis statement. Transition to the next paragraph.
P2 – Reasons, why the change/switch/action to take, is beneficial.
P3 – More, expansion, example, evidence, anecdote (short story)
P4 – Your opposing side’s strongest point (the person who wants to disagree with you most). Use this and turn it against that dissenter.
P5 – Conclusion:

1. Call to action.
2. Commentary on the future.
3. Review/summary of benefits.
4. Cliffhanger/question.

Reading tips:

If you read one sentence at a time and imagine that someone else is reading the next sentence, it’s kind of like talking! :D. And, it’s good for your final essay.

Persuasive – This type of essay is the opposite of an argumentative essay. It is aimed at changing the readers’ point of view completely, taking the author’s one as an axiom. It is a stronger and more difficult type of essay as it requires a better understanding of the subject and good skills in criticizing the opponents.

In most cases, persuasive essays deal with topics that are relevant here and today. A persuasive essay should be very tough and influential. By writing it, you show that you are really good at something and that you are sure that your opinion is ultimately correct. You may lose your audience the very moment you lose your integrity.

Remember that your essay has to be solid as a wall because your personal traits have no influence on a reader. It doesn’t matter how you look, speak or wear. The only weapons of yours are words. Your audience should want to accept your viewpoint as the only one that makes sense.

It is not an easy task to do. That is why it requires much practice. It is a long way to master your language to influence other people with it, but this skill is highly important in many aspects of life. Don’t worry if your first results will not be good enough. The more you try, the better you become.

These are the most common types of essays that are widespread in academic life.

Each of them requires certain skills and talents. But don’t be scared in case you find yourself unable to write them. It takes life & practice.



The Personal Statement

“For every morning for the last 45 years of my life, my mother has prepared a simple rice porridge. The smell of it has usually wakened me every morning of my single life, and I walk down to be greeted by either my mother or the remnants of her presence from earlier in the morning. Her regularity with which she offers her hopes and beliefs to the passing monks nearby our home in the early sunlight of Thai mornings, teaches me to remain vigilant in what I think is right.”

Okay, so that’s aaaa target. The above is a blend of techniques where one switches their perspective to understand the simplicity and the beauty therein a very simple moment in time. Sometimes, the character doesn’t even know its importance; it’s up to you to find it as the writer. 

-The vignette: a moment in time. See the first sentence.
-Sensory detail: the smell of the rice and the light of the sunrise.
-Be subtle: show, don’t tell. How can you communicate values about yourself without saying, “I am adjective, adjective, and adjective.”? –> With a story and what you learned.

How long should my personal statement, [common app essay/statement of purpose/coverletter] be?

A full build will be about 500-1,500 words. Then, you’ll cut that down to the most beautiful elements and main points you want to say about yourself or in relation to the prompt-specific questions. 

How many drafts does it normally take?

Some people can do it in one draft. Others go 15 without something of decent substance. Every person has a story, read the example again if you’re starting to feel lost here. [Generally, it’s about 7 passes at a piece of writing to make it decent and passable.] #wasyoursurfboard

Good luck! 

Practical Tips:

1. Make notes in remembering a story.
2. What did you feel and what did you learn?
3. Review photos and videos, and look at the faces of those around you and yourself. What do you see? How has your mind changed and grown? That’s when you start writing.
4. Don’t delete anything until your next pass. Copy it, and start the next draft (most recent drafts should be at the top). This will be useful when/if/or you get writer’s block, or the writing’s shit. 
5. Review periodically upon events in your life, or simply time to sit down with a hot drink and build something simply pretty…with words.
6. When you are starting, take 60-seconds to mentally go through all the different ways you could possibly start, but while focusing on the SMART* goals in terms of choosing a topic. You want to be able to accomplish it in a small block of time. 

*SMART goals

Specific – When My Dad Bought Me Ice Cream
Measurable – When I Felt X Feeling
Achievable – It had to have actually happened
Realistic – Keep it simple and real. See sensory details and simplicity above.
Timely – If your brain is silent, do something else. If your brain is making noise, try just writing it down. 

Other Key Ways to Start:

1. Mindmap on Procreate, and replay the timelapse to yourself.
2. Make an outline. Ask for help with templates or search.
3. Read examples instead. 😀
4. Just do it. Stop whining in your head and write what you’re thinking. It’ll shape out to something. Maybe it’ll be useful, maybe it won’t. You don’t know that yet. You’ll know when you read it back to yourself aloud, hear it again from someone else’s voice: feedback or literally.

Tip #1 | This is where applications and letters differ. The tone with which you analyze yourself becomes more confident, and insecurities communicated are done (written) WITH PURPOSE.  This is the draft where we transition from the fundamental foundation of a letter to what a real personal statement looks like.

Tip #2 | Add a thesis statement: I’m applying to [this program and school]…write from the heart.

Tip #3 | The point of view is first person without any usage of ‘you’.

Tip #4 | For UK personal statements, a description of why you’re suited for this program is sometimes better than a narrative tone for a US application.

Nonetheless, whether the admissions officer is British or American, they’re still human, which means that what they read, they’d like to enjoy reading.

5 class comments

Paul H Park Jun 14 “Right now, I’m trying to make something. Don’t interrupt me.”

Paul H Park Jun 14 “The difference between law and medicine is merely the application of rationality and deduction to words or the human body.”

Paul H Park Jun 14 “You’re a pumpkin.” my [relationship label noun] said to me.

Paul H ParkJ un 14 | A Sample Time Block for Development…Or, A Paragraph You have 40 minutes.

You’ll need 10 minutes to independently or collaboratively review your work. You’ll need 5 minutes of some peace and calm to figure out what to do and what you could achieve in your remaining 25 minutes.

Divide that 25 minutes to two segements: 12.5 and 12.5 minutes.

Segment 1. Find a story: review pictures and timelines, mindmap, draw, anything creative.

Segment 2. Write it out. Do you best. 😀 Remember you only need a paragraph or so and that’s a start.

Paul H Park Jun 27

Add class comment…

U.S. Education Visa Interview Questions and Tips


Write an answer of about 50+ words explaining your answer by answering the question in PEA format as a general template to help you out in your answers for the interview.

Point – What’s My Point? Answer the question

Evidence or Example – What’s the reason the interviewer should believe me? Information, data, dates, reasons, and logical reasons why I should be accepted to visit the US.

Analysis or (Opinion) – What do I think about what I just said for my point and evidence? 

= conclusion. “I’m ready for the next question, please.” (without saying it)

Feel free to add any other questions from your research for complete preparation. 

Brainstorm. –> Write. –> Edit and improve.

Practice and record + live practice.Sleep well and relax.Review your notes again before the interview and you’re good to go.

Who is your sponsor? Who is sponsoring this exchange program? What is the name of the school? 

Where will you stay in the US? Whom are you staying with? How do you feel about that?

What do your parents do?

Do you have relatives in the US? Where you are staying?

Why do you want to go to the United States of America?

When will you leave and when will you return?

What visa do you want and why do you want that visa? 
(explain student visa, the program, and exchange benefits)

Why will you come back? What guarantees you’ll be coming back to Thailand? What holds you here?

Our Philanthropic Efforts

The Agile Manifesto for Education

We are uncovering better ways of developing people by doing it and helping others do it.

Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Functional, useful capabilities over comprehensive documentation

Collaboration over contract negotiation

Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

Executive Summary

Bubble Language School strives to provide equal opportunities for education to all students, regardless of their family’s income level, socioeconomic bracket, or geographical location. 

Providing and facilitating these opportunities requires a multifaceted approach which includes, but is not limited to, long-term coaching and mentoring, in-person English programs at the temple and non-tuition-based community schools, and practical, skills-based digital literacy to inspire curiosity, creativity, and autodidactism. 

This document will serve as: 

(a) a memorandum of understanding, 

(b) a historical record of accomplishments towards these goals, 

(c) accounting and allocation reporting, and (d) scope.

Our Values

International Bubble Education (IBE) is committed to building better students.

We teach the top to teach the rest. If the right person is given the right opportunities and guidance, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.

We aim to coach and mentor people in any skill through interaction and tutorship with our teachers. There are many who can learn on their own, and then there is a larger group who will always need a little help. 

We teach English, Thai, Chinese, and Japanese. 

We are accredited by the Ministry of Education of Thailand as a language institute.

Our goal is to build better students by:

  • Teaching them how to learn smarter
  • Teaching necessary skills and enabling practice
  • Aiding in goal setting/achieving
  • Creating accountability

Better students = better global citizens = better people

Who Do We Teach?

We teach individuals or groups who desire to learn more, improve their skills, and have a better life.

  • Young learners
  • Elementary Grade 1-5
  • Middle Grades 6-8
  • High School Grades 9-12
  • College/University students (Bachelor’s / Master’s / Doctorate)
  • Industry professionals: business, science, law, the arts, and medicine
  • Individuals or groups who want to improve any mental or physical skills


“Once you stop learning, you start dying.”

-Albert Einstein

Philanthropic Efforts and a Little History

In Bangkok 15′, with 4 students we noticed a certain trend, the students didn’t know how to help themselves.

They were hiring private tutors to help them develop skills that could quite honestly, be built with simple Google searches and a little dedication.

It’s 2022 now and over the years, we’ve identified one part of the root cause: students in public schools weren’t and aren’t being taught how to use free online tools.

In January of 2018, our team began searching for and contacting schools in the local area to propose a regular weekly program focused on English communication, Google tools, and team-building. We were successful and entered into working relationships with two schools: Wat Rat Satthatham School and Wat Pak Bor Foundation School.

The first is a public school on government funding and the latter was started by a monk with 10 students.

After roughly ten years, there are now 1,001 students.

These students pay little to nothing to attend school.

The English teachers there do have a hard time communicating in English and ICT (Information, Communications, and Technology) program doesn’t exist.

As of May 2018, we have been teaching weekly programs in our now 2nd rotation of 20 students at each school. The first group now studies on a weekly basis at our language institute, International Bubble Education (IBE). We have impacted over 60 lives.

As of 2022, our language institute has adopted the following model: teach the top to teach the rest. 95% of our working hours are dedicated to helping people customize their learning. The remaining 5% of our time is spent volunteering. 

We develop new and improved rationale/methodology, and set up programs to teach the students

(a) basic English communication skills,

(b) learning how to learn, and

(c) how to find information.

Ideally, we would like to work with experienced, international, and well-educated individuals who are interested in making a difference.

With this approach, a few key points are addressed. People rarely volunteer on their own accord. It’s only when a person can witness a student exclaim in wonder at a simple satellite image shown on Google Maps that the person realizes what’s taken for granted by us, is sometimes unknown to others. In building the network, it is our dream and mission to create sustainable, long-term programs. The short-term scope is that in Thailand, an international school teacher will teach a private class for less than 20 USD/hour. We’ll raise the funds, pitch the teacher, set up the programs, and create impact. Long term, these students can hopefully one day learn faster than their environment permits, and local teachers collaborate with us to build better programs and methodologies.

All funds received are updated on an open-link Google Sheet form.

First, we cover the schools that are currently working with us. Afterward, we branch out to other local schools in the area and hopefully spread the idea.

Week-by-week, we track lesson plans and the program via Google Docs (open-link as well).

In 2019, IBE began teaching six hours a week to 180 students at Wat Bak Por Foundation School, a temple school located in the On Nut area. Each class comprises of 30 students; three classes are for first graders and three classes are for fourth graders.

Our teachers teach the fundamentals of English communication, Google tools, and positive reinforcement to the students once a week for an hour at a time.

At first, we had to curb negative reinforcement diplomatically until the teachers at WBPFS realized that through truly engaging with the students in the target language and offering real rewards in terms of human compassion and understanding, the students performed significantly better.

As our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, as they teach a wide range of students throughout Bangkok from every walk of life, they improve themselves by perceiving insights into the minds of the young, old, the rich, the poor, and the artists, and the logicians.

When a person can catch a glimpse into how people live their day-to-day lives, and build frames of reference by interacting, engaging with, and analyzing how people function, wisdom is gained.

A teacher who walks into a room filled with 30 students is presented with a clean slate: a chance to do good in this world through creating memories in the minds of their students. These memories and this impact have truly unknown implications throughout the rest of their lives. 

In the third quarter of 2019, IBE will begin teaching the teachers of WBPFS in hopes of increasing collaboration between the upper echelons of society and the rest of the population. Citizens can be aware of what is happening in their countries, but until they see it with their own eyes, action is limited. Even once that is achieved, there are plenty of milestones to pass. 

Bubble Language School

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of schools nationwide between the months of March 2020 to July 2020.

In April of 2020, IBE in collaboration with WPB began weekly one-hour, online English tutoring classes for four WPB students on a scholarship basis funded by CKE Engineering Co. LTD (weekly one-hour tutoring classes for 52 weeks). As of July 12th, 2020 the weekly sessions continue, focused on English articulation, knowledge from sources in English, and digital literacy with the prospect of two more students added to the scholarship group. 

As of 2022, the time this article is published, a Bubble Language School teacher devotes five percent of their workweek to both scholarship students and English classes for WPB students in the English homeroom in addition to any administrative or preparatory work.

The Agile Manifesto for Education

The Agile Manifesto for Education

We are uncovering better ways of developing people by doing it and helping others do it.

Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.

Functional, useful capabilities over comprehensive documentation.

Collaboration over contract negotiation.

Responding to change over following a plan.

That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

The Bubble Language School Vision

Direct Actions

Tutoring, coaching, and support to the initial nine IBE Scholars, and future selected individuals, will help facilitate success through all levels of education, to admission into a university or higher education program, domestically or internationally, that is aligned with their goals and dreams.

Measurable schoolwide improvements in English and digital literacy, initially at Wat Pak Bor as the proof-of-concept of a scalable model to be implemented across foundation schools in Thailand, and eventually, in other countries with pronounced education and opportunity gaps.

Systems and digital infrastructure improvement to support the above goals.

Desired Outcomes

Increase career opportunities and earning potential for every person who passes our thresholds.

Balance access to educational opportunities and the instilling of a “Be Resourceful” philosophy that develops personal agency in every life we touch.

Use proficiency tests, benchmarks, and tools in STEM, English, and such as the GED, to support earning university degrees as early as healthy, and on to different branches of education or other professional capacities in every journey of making a life.

A managed fund devoted to these missions, values, and outcomes to promote these endeavors on into the future.

The Program

  • Visiting professors and teachers in need of a sabbatical to teach a 20-hour/week program of their specialty
  • International secondary and university standards accreditation and testing/exams/knowledge base content
  • Sync with Khan Academy and international high school program content and content delivery logistics
  • A Trifecta of locations: inner-city, marine, and river ferry houseboat mobile school/lab along the tributaries of main rivers flowing through Thailand and SE Asia, and a farmland setting for a “hanger” themed school/workshop/lab in Sa Kaeo near the border of Cambodia and Thailand.

Bubble Language School Values

Bubble Language School Values

If the right person is given the right opportunities and guidance, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.

We teach, coach, guide, and mentor people in any skill.

We believe the more capable a person is, the more confidence and high success probability they have.

We help inspire goals.

We use our words, listen, respond, adapt, and grow together.

We are committed to building better people.

We teach anyone and seek out those who need help, but can’t help themselves…yet.


“Once you stop learning, you start dying.”

-Albert Einstein

Hi! Be Nice to Yourself. An Example Letter

Dear Max,

I hope you have had a good day with something nice to eat. Something warm and good in my belly always cheers me up. A homeless person once told me, “You can never be happy on an empty stomach.”

I know sometimes, people and life are confusing. It’s hard to figure out what to do all the time. Sometimes, things are hard because of that. But, remember it’s okay. It will pass. Tomorrow will be another day.

At times, people and situations may be hard to understand, when you see them differently. Other times, words fail you when you need them most. Or your words are unheard but don’t worry. We have been with you since day one. And, in our opinion, you’re not a bad person. Each day comes with its struggles, and you do your best. The words, “lazy” and “not lazy” are black and white. But, there are so many degrees.





stressed out,


So, be nice to yourself. We’re going to be together a very long time (hopefully).



A Collaborative Workshop on Handling Interviews

Interviews can be scary. Being the one to give the interview can be ever scarier. How do you measure a person for an opportunity?

Be sure to warm up and engage in small talk, catching up, giving them what they expect to feel comfortable, explaining the interview session/agenda.

The Top 10 Key Questions

  1. Hi! How would your old coworkers describe you?
  2. What do you know about our company?  Knowledge check and to see if they research. 
  3. Can you please tell me a little bit about how your experience is connected to this job? 
  4. Where do you see yourself in the next three years with us?
  5. Can you please tell me about two projects?  One where you led and one where you followed and worked with a team?
  6. Could please tell me about a time that you failed.  How did you overcome it?
  7. What’s something that you’re very proud of?  Even something simple.
  8. What was one conflict at work, or a difficult situation with another person?  How was it resolved (what happened in the end)?
  9. If you could do any job or career in the world where you didn’t need money anymore, what would be the first five topics you think of?
  10.  May I ask how your professional goals synchronize with your personal goals?

Process for Hiring, Checklist, and Documentation


  1. Can follow instructions.
  2. Can think critically and solve problems.
  3. Ask simple math-related questions to check for mental math.
  4. Can brainstorm and think on their feet.
  5. Positive responses and approaches to questions and communication.
  6. Lack of bias. Remember the salt. Who checks before adding salt and who doesn’t?
  7. Resume, CV, Linkedin, writing, email, and text communication style and usage. #accuaracy and attention to detail.
  8. Longterm goals. 
  9. Can learn.
  10. Can admit they are wrong OR can accept a newer or better solution. 

Example Question for Critical Thinking & Math

  • How many people live in Thailand?
  • What percent of them do you think live in Bangkok?
  • Or have a credit card?
  • Or travel?

Tips and Conclusion/Summary

  1. Categorize by ability and capability.
  2. Test for “collaborativeness.”
  3. Test for confidence and how long it’ll take to build it. This is hard to estimate well.

Sample Interview Questions [Answers Coming Later]

How many cans of paint does it take to cover a Boeing 747?

“I don’t have the answer now.  But I believe the answer exists on Google and will get back to you.”

Candidate A

A bat and ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

If it takes 5 machines 5 minutes to make 5 widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?

In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?

May I ask what your expected salary is?

What’s your 3-year plan?

I see that you’re from (country); how does it differ from here? Pros and cons?

How are you in personal time and work management?

Could you give me any examples to support it?

What do you do in your downtime?

What would you say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in professional and personal settings?

What are the main skills you’ve utilized to make a living up until now?

Other Google Interview Questions

“What does the word empathy mean?” — Customer service representative candidate

“How would you handle an individual who is missing from work often?” — Customer service supervisor candidate

“A customer calls and angrily tells you that they ordered Barney (or a similar toddler show) for their kid.

The kid can work the DVD player and knows the Netflix envelope. When the movie arrived the kid grabs it and pops it in. Turns out it’s a slasher movie. What do you do?” — Customer service representative candidate

“Tell me something that you did in the past, but don’t want to do ever again.”

“Who do you think is International Bubble’s competitor and why?” — Creative coordinator candidate

“Tell us about a time you screwed up at your previous job.” — Coordinator candidate

“What do you not like about this company culture?”

“Describe your ability to deal with a very opinionated coworker.”

“How will you handle the culture difference between where you come from and this company?” — QA engineer candidate

“Tell us about a time you screwed up at your previous job.” — Coordinator candidate

“What is your 90-Day Plan if we hire you?” — Customer service representative candidate

“What’s your favorite TV show and movie, and how do you like to watch them?”

“Of everyone on your team at your current employer, who would you keep and who would you fire and why?”

“How many people have you fired?”

“Say the CEO stops by your desk and asks you whether or not we should go into an untapped market. How would you determine the size of the addressable market and the factors this company should consider before deciding to enter the market?” — Senior financial analyst candidate

“How do you differentiate between a good teacher and a great teacher?” — Recruitment Specialist

“If this company is looking to expand its presence in Asia, what are some factors that you can use to evaluate the size of the Asia market, and what can IB do to capture this market?” — Senior financial analyst candidate

“How would you handle an employee that has attendance issues when we do not have an attendance policy in place?” — Customer service supervisor candidate

“What was the most difficult termination you faced in your work history?” — Supervisor candidate

“How would you determine if the price of IB tuition is truly the deciding factor for a potential student?” — Market research analyst candidate

“How would you deal with extreme deadline pressure and a frantic work pace?”

“How do you handle managing someone that is more than twice your age?” — Operations manager candidate

“What would you do if you were the CEO?” — Partner product group candidate

Good luck!

Teacher Paul

The Narrative Essay

vignette (noun)
1. a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
“a classic vignette of embassy life”

2.  a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.

vignette (verb)
1. to portray (someone or a moment in time) in the style of a vignette.

verb: vignette; 3rd person present: vignettes; past tense: vignetted; past participle: vignetted; gerund or present participle: vignetting
portray (someone) in the style of a vignette.

2. to produce (a photograph) in the style of a vignette by softening or shading away the edges of the subject.

“instructions had been sent to the shop to make a cropped, oval, vignetted copy of a family group portrait.”

A small five-year-old boy stood over a freshly dug gravesite at a Californian cemetery where his mother lay in a coffin.  He held a single rose in his hand.  As he prepared to drop it into the ground, he couldn’t see from his own perspective.  It was strange.  He felt like he was watching the rose fall to him instead of falling away from him.  The crowd stood apart from the boy, one could only see the boy standing over the hole with a group of somber attendees standing in black.  Their hearts went out to the little boy; for they knew he would have to grow up in this world without a mother.

[Tip: start your narrative story with a moment in time, a scene, a memory, a picture, or a landscape. Use words that enable any human being to imagine your story with their senses.]

An essay is aimed to show your personal opinion about the subject. These are just patterns that you have to fill with certain information and viewpoints. You are to understand the subject as well as be direct in expressing your ideas. For our third assignment, let’s start with the narrative.

1. Create an outline of a past memory.
2. Write by including who, what, where, when, how, and why + feelings, thoughts, and sensory input.
3. Write a vignette: a story that starts from a moment in time.
4. Conclude on something powerful, yet simple. Something you learned, something you cherish, or something you will try to never experience again.

10 Types of Essays

Descriptive – This type of essay is designed for describing the details of the subject. It can be written about any object and its features. You are to describe the way it looks, smells, or works. It can be compared with a detailed overview of the things you write about. In this type of essay, every detail counts.

Definition – The ultimate goal of the definition essay is to focus on the definition of the subject. It may focus on different things or various origins. 
The point of this type of essay is to explain something on a higher level than dictionaries do.

Here you are to delve into the subject to get an understanding of what it is, how people perceive it, and what it is associated with.

Compare and Contrast – This type of essay is aimed to dwell upon on differences and similarities between two objects, events, things, etc. The reader should receive a clear understanding of what certain things have in common and what is different about them. The writer has to be well informed about both subjects in order to provide the reader with a clear comparison of the two subjects.

Cause and Effect – This type of essay is destined to focus on the sequence of an event and its result of it. It reminds some of a study where you are to show what cause has led to a particular result. In case there are more causes than results or fewer causes than results the writer has to explore them separately. The cause & effect essay requires the writer to draw a logical connection between the reasons for a certain event.

To write a good essay of that type it is necessary to study the works on similar topics to have a better understanding of how such research is done.