New Writing Center Video: Kerri’s “Preparing and Delivering Presentations”

Our tutors are always hard at work as they strive to provide the latest and greatest academic resources for you! Kerri, one of our graduating tutors, has just created a new video for the Writing Center featuring tips from her interview with SJSU's Professional and Technical Writing Program Director, Dr. Mark Thompson. Watch this video on …

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#TBT: Using Strong Verbs for Résumés

Summer is fast approaching, and you know what that means -- fun days at the beach, a never ending supply of watermelon, and internship applications! Even if you're not planning on revising your résumé now, it's never a bad idea to give it a once over, especially if you're one of the lucky few who …

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Better Know a Department: English (100W Business)

Welcome back to our "Better Know a Department" series! In this iteration, our 100W embedded tutor My-Tam has interviewed Professor Laimin Lo from the English department. Professor Lo has taught at SJSU for 5 years, and her classes include ENGL 1A, ENGL 1B, AND ENGL 100WB. Continue reading to hear more about her detailed and …

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Finding “The Write Stuff”: Creating an Academic Blog Post

By Marcos Verbera Imagine yourself in this scenario: your teacher asks you to write about a topic, and you are given the following choices: write an essay, create a blog, give a presentation, or design a poster.   If you choose to write a blog (possibly on the suspicion that it will be the easiest …

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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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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 2

Welcome to the second - and final - section of this series. Now that you have a more complete understanding of what constitutes academic writing, we can move on and observe professional writing. Professional writing is defined as a type of written communication usually conducted and executed in the workplace. Professional writing usually involves the …

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Transitioning from Academic to Professional Writing: Part 1

Some of our readers might be graduating in December.  As a preview to the types of writing you can expect in your future, we're doing a short series highlighting the differences between academic and professional writing. Here's Part I: Finishing up an academic degree and moving into a professional setting can present its own set …

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Better Know a Department: Comm Studies

Welcome to the first post in our new and exciting blog series: Better Know a Department! In this series, our 100W tutors will be interviewing their instructors with a set list of questions to help our readers learn a bit more about the writing opportunities and expectations in various academic disciplines. Enya Gomez interviewed Professor …

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