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How to get rid of to be verbs in an essay?
Try making your sentences as active as possible. Most of the to be verbs: is, was, were, are, etc should not be used frequently in good writing. Usually trying to re write a sentence in a more active voice will give you a better sentence structure and make your writing more dynamic.
just roll up the essay in a tube, and shove it up your mom's essay. When you pull it out, the to-be verbs will be gone. -if it does not work you may need to try the same thing with your neighbor's mom!- well good luck!