Debunked: The 7 Myths of Finals Week

Last year, we focused on those relatable 13 moments of Finals Week.  This year, we want to help you be a better student during Finals Week by debunking some of those classic myths about this stressful time. 1.You don't need sleep or other healthy habits. Sure, Buddy the Elf can survive on little to no …

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Better Know a Department: Humanities

In our third iteration of our "Better Know a Department" series, we take a look at an interview between Heather Poparad, our 100W embedded tutor, and Professor Judith Georges from the humanities department. Having taught at SJSU for 11 years, Professor Georges has been an instructor for various classes, including RELS 191, HUM 100W, AMS 1AB, …

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Meme of the Week #30: Famous People Are Writers, Too

We might be in a new "Golden Age" for television and acting but let's not forget that all these famous actors are reading lines...written by writers. Today, let's take a moment to celebrate writers! After all, there have been plenty of examples of writers who have graced magazine covers: And writers who reached celebrity status: …

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International Write-In Begins!

You've heard it over and over again - the best way to finish a writing project is to actually start writing.  But, for plenty of people, it's hard to feel motivated to sit down in that desk chair knowing that you might stay there for many hours, typing away at a project. Remember how we've …

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Apostrophes’, Apostrophe’s, Apostropheses! (Your Holiday Grammar Explained)

Thanksgiving is over and we all know what that means: 'tis the season for writing holiday cards - and reviewing rules for proper apostrophe usage! Remember: Apostrophes are like garlic; some things taste awesome with garlic, but some things need to stay miles away from garlic. Unlike garlic, though, apostrophes can't just be sprinkled onto anything we …

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The Write Thanks: Teacher Edition

This year at the Writing Center, we give thanks to those excellent, intelligent teachers in our lives who have bestowed upon us their wealth of knowledge. Where would we be without them? We're thankful for their intellect, their advice, and their commitment to their students. Read on to hear about our favorite teachers. Ajoy Professor: Tye Onone, …

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He Said/She Said: Avoiding Gender Bias Part 2

In our previous post, we covered honorifics, but what about pronouns in general? Despite being female, I have bad habits regarding gender neutrality in my speech and my writing. I moved to California from Texas five years ago. In Texas, it’s common practice to approach a group of people and say, “Hey guys!” even when …

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He Said/She Said: Avoiding Gender Bias Part 1

With so many Hollywood executives and actors in the news lately because of sexual harassment allegations, it seems like the perfect time to discuss gender neutrality in writing. While it’s always important to avoid gender bias in writing, it’s especially important in professional documents. Let's begin, shall we? As a Prospective Employee: Let’s say you’re …

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Better Know A Department: Environmental Studies

Welcome to the second installment of the Better Know a Department series! Our next discipline is Environmental Studies, and our 100W tutor Michelle White has some insightful responses from Shannon Bane, an instructor from the department. With over thirteen years of instruction (and a year spent in our Writing Center as a Faculty-in-Residence), Shannon Bane …

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