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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Three Approaches to Freewriting

All too often, we have many expectations for what our paper should look like. It needs the proper format, correct grammar, or a compelling hook. It’s natural to imitate what is mandated by an instructor and hope for full credit. But when we weigh ourselves down with these surface-level expectations at first, it’s difficult to …

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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 #14: Using your time wisely in a timed write

By Akhil Kumar It’s easy for students to feel flustered when facing timed writing assignments. While it may seem like all you have to do is understand the prompt and write about it, the task is harder than it looks when only given a limited amount of time. What can you do to prepare yourself …

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Quick Tip #9: You are not a bad writer

Too often, we hear students utter this awful sentence: "I'm a bad writer." What does that sentence usually mean? You're struggling in a writing class and feeling frustrated. Your expectations for your writing aren't meeting your (current) reality. You might be comparing yourself unfairly to other writers you know who seem to be getting better …

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Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing: Grammar

Welcome to the last post in the tips and tricks self-editing series! We’ve discussed content and how to develop our ideas and arguments; we’ve tackled organization and how to present our content clearly; we’ve even covered style and how to present those ideas in a clear and enjoyable way. Today, we’re going to delve into …

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Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing: Style

Welcome back to the tips and tricks self-editing series! We’ve already talked about content and organization, so today we’re going to explore style. Copyrights belong to geonetric.com. Style refers to the way a writer uses words and makes sentences—in essence, what makes each writer unique. Every time you get comments back on an assignment that …

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Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing: Organization

Hello, and welcome back to the tips and tricks self-editing series! Last time, we talked about content, our ideas and arguments. Today, we’re going to focus on the second most important aspect of writing: organization. How many times have you stopped reading or looking at something because you didn’t know how to follow it? Did …

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Tips and Tricks for Self-Editing: Content

Welcome to our tips and tricks for self-editing series! This four-part Thursday series will help you become more familiar with your own work, so you can improve your content, organization, style, and grammar on your own. This series is aimed so that this situation won’t happen to you: Today, we’re going to start with content. Some …

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Quick Tip #1: Using Your Pre-Write Time in Timed Writes

The poll results are in...and *drumroll please* you will now be seeing... Quick Tips / Quotes of the Week every other Tuesday! As a sneak preview to our first workshop of the semester, "Essay Prompts and Time Management" (Wednesday, Sept. 14 -- 10:30-11:30 AM -- Clark 100H, don't forget to register!), here are a few ideas for …

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