“Ask A Specialist”: New Blog Feature

Welcome back! Do you miss writing yet? Many of you (over the age of 21) may feel like this Adam@Home comic strip as you work on summer "projects": However, to remind you of the joys of writing, we're unveiling a new monthly feature for the blog: "Ask a Specialist," where we pose a writing-related question for …

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The Wrap-Up: Parting Advice from Graduating Specialists

All good things must come to an end, and that's especially true this year at SJSU. While we are happy so many of our beloved Writing Specialists are graduating, we'll be sad to see them go! But, never fear, we asked each of them to offer one final piece of advice for us. Tim: Preparation …

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The SJSU Campus Reading Program Selection

It's Finals Week here at SJSU, which means lots of students are experiencing "The 13 Moments of Finals Week." But, dear Spartans, when you emerge from your multiple days of deep sleep, refreshed and looking for some ideas for summer fun, we hope you think of the Campus Reading Program. Next year's selection is Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking …

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The Write Job for You!

More often than not, if you're any form of Humanities major in college, you'll be asked this question from well-meaning people: Well, guess what? There are plenty of other jobs, especially in the tech sector, designed for Humanities majors/writers!* Here's a brief overview so you can discuss these roles next time someone asks you that question: …

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Quick Tip #16: Rules are made to be broken

One of the first rules of learning English is that there are, well, rules to follow.  We learn our tenses, punctuation, sentence structure, and all those "correct" academic words to use in an organized, thoughtful (often 5 paragraph) essay. And it's good to learn these rules for they help us communicate in a way that …

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How to write an email to your instructor

If you're reading the title of this post and thinking to yourself, "What? I already know how to write an email - I probably send out at least a hundred each day!" I would still urge you to keep reading. We could all use a little refresher. So: what inspired this post today? This Ph.d …

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Summer Book / Movie Preview 2017

As we inch towards May - and summer vacation - it seems like as good a time as any to start planning some fun. And by "fun," we definitely mean "reading." Remember when we told you about the importance of reading over breaks? Well, we're not just recommending "school" books.  After all, no matter the …

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The Books of Spring Break

Hooray for Spring Break! From all of us here at the Writing Center - we're looking forward to a little R, R, & R: Rest, Relaxation, & Reading! In case you need some "beach reading" inspiration, we've got you covered: From our Writing Specialists: Ines: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom is succinct enough to …

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Quick Tip #11: Our Daily Words (Setting a Writing Routine)

If every time you sit down to write you end up feeling like the person below... ...it might not be the assignment's fault.* Rather, it might be time to look in the mirror and then look at your writing habits. We've talked before about the problems of procrastination, but there's another way to tackle your writing woes. …

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The Words I Listen to…Podcasts for Writers

It's getting close to Spring Break.  That means it's crunch time - every time you turn around, there's another paper to be written, another test to be taken, another lab report to complete.  Where'd all that extra time for all those extra things you promised yourself you'd do to be a "good" student this semester …

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