Paper(Draft) Writer Part II: Don’t Dodge the Draft!

Brooke Blankenship is back to finish up her short series on paper drafting! Let's get started, shall we? Your paper is due in less than a week. Who needs drafting, right? Drafting an essay can seem like a waste when you’re pressed for time. I promise it’s not, though—writing a draft allows you to wrestle with, …

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Paper(Draft) Writer Part I: The Pursuit of Perfection

Over the next two weeks our tutor Brooke Blankenship will be talking us through some ideas in relation to paper drafting (thus the riff on The Beatles' song "Paperback Writer.") https://img.discogs.com/4McqshzrB-lkvkW3HeaA5rbrS40=/fit-in/600x600/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-4524128-1367327836-1793.jpeg.jpg Here's her first post about learning to let go of the "Pursuit of Perfection": I’m the worst procrastinator I’ve ever met. I always thought …

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Whip Your Writing Into Shape: a YouTube Experience

This week we're going to throw it back in time to that period of big hair, Jazzercise videos, and neon stirrup pants -- the 80s! Our tutor Christina created a totally tubular YouTube video that's both a tribute to the 80s AND a useful resource on ways to help your writing! Check it out, dude! …

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The Fix-It Police: Symbols and Simplicity

In our Fix-it Police series, we've done a lot of work on things we've found that are concretely wrong. Misused commas and apostrophes, for example, are grammatical concepts with finite rules, but stylistic choices are decidedly more complex. This week, let's look at DQ's campaign for what they call a "$5 Buck Lunch." Here, we …

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The Fix-It Police: Apostrophes are your Best Friend

Apostrophes are notoriously one of the most commonly misused forms of punctuation. We have a myriad of posts on the topic (see here, here, and here!).  In fact, they're so widely misused that even The Tonight Show is not immune from their peskiness. Take a look at the opening clip from the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0_A6KtjgnI Steve Martin, before …

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Quick Tip #22: Becoming a More Conscious Writer

How often do you half-heartedly work on a paper at the last minute, hand in it, and promptly forget all about it until you see the final grade? While that process might help you to survive a class, how much are you learning about your writing when you aren't paying attention to your progress? If …

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#TBT: Meme of the Week #23 – There is No Write Way

On Monday, we talked about the many joyful and -- sometimes -- agonizing steps of the writing process. But, after I hit "post," I realized that I had skipped a step: the moments of self-doubt and silencing our inner critics. Today, we're going to fix my oversight and remind ourselves that everyone doubts their work as …

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Meme of the Week #31: The 13 Moments of the Writing Process

Normally we share our Meme of the Week posts on Friday afternoons, but with just a little over a month left of school, we're starting to head into crunch time and time becomes relative. This part of the year is when we're frantically finishing up all those midterm exams and papers and starting to think …

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Sprucing Up Your Personal Writing

We've all read stories that made us say, "wait, where have I seen this before?" Too often, we see reoccurring tropes and clichés that can tend to muddy up fiction, making some seem predictable. We don't want that, especially when you're committed to putting in the necessary time and effort into making your work as …

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Check Yourself before you Grammarly Yourself

In our age of technology, it's about time for a mainstream grammar checker to enter our academic knowledge. Grammarly, an extension you can use to essentially "proofread" your paper, is one such player in this field. As tutors, our preference will always be for human interaction when it comes to grammatical concepts. Every document is …

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