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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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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Quick Tip #21: Getting the Words Out

Do you ever feel like Tom Hanks in You've Got Mail when you sit down to write? That blank page is staring back at you - how on earth are you going to say what you need to say? How will you ever get started? A student was asking me this exact question the other day (just without …

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Quick Tip #20: Don’t let Autocorrect become an Autofail!

Does this issue ever happen to you when you're emailing, texting, or generally typing on an Apple product? As I noted in this re-created conversation, it's dangerous to rely too heavily on autocorrect. After all, there's a big difference between a viola... and the exclamation "Voila!" So, how can you make sure these pesky autocorrect …

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New Year = New (Student) You

Yesterday was the start of Winter Session at SJSU and many students have likely come back to school with some resolutions they're trying to fulfill. If one of your goals is to be a better student in the new year, here's a tip: you don't have to feel like the grad student in the PhD …

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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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Quick Tip #19: How to Use Your Exam Prep Time

The proctor sets the prompt down. It reads: In a fully-developed essay, answer the following topic with specifics. Write about a time you were in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable situation. What did you do to make the situation better? What did you learn from the experience? After a few seconds, I recognize this assignment as …

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Quick Tip #18: Break Time Can be Productive

It's 3 PM on a Sunday afternoon and you've been working on your big midterm paper for the last six hours.  At this point, the words in front of you look like word soup.  Is that really how you spell "bibliography?" you ask yourself, squinting at the word through tired eyes. Guess what? In moments like …

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Quick Tip #17: Keep a Writing Notebook

While this PhD Comic was just released this week, that illustration summarized much of my first graduate school experience years ago - I had great ideas but forgot them as soon as I tried to add them into my papers.  Frustrating, right? A few years later I went back to graduate school for a creative …

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