Ask the Specialists (June): What is your favorite (academic) word?

We're well into our summer term here at SJSU, so it was high time to have a meeting! This month, we asked our tutors and staff to look back at some great moments in their own academic records.  Thus, we asked the question: What is your favorite word (or phrase or sentence) that you've ever …

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The Art of Breaking the Rules

I've been reading George Saunders' book Lincoln in the Bardo for my book club and this line from the text is one that stood out to all of us as we read: His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow; toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow; that everyone labored under some burden of …

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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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Meme of the Week #30: Words We Want Brought Back

While it might be momentarily diverting to know that "freak flag," "Chi-town," and "loogie" (among other words) were added to the Oxford English Dictionary last year, there are also plenty of older, fun-to-pronounce words that have fallen out of favor. The site HistoryHustle has created an amusing little video of all the words they'd love …

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Learning from a Writer: Upcoming Opportunities

It can be easy to feel like you are alone sometimes as you write.  No one else struggles like you do, right?  No one else has the same weird quirks or habits like you do, right? No one else procrastinates as much as you do, right? Well, not exactly. (And, remember, no one is a …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part II)

By Luke Coulter Recently, I wrote a blog post about embracing voice when it comes to writing essays. Today, I want to talk a little bit more about voice and how it can help both your writing and your life. Back in 2009, I was teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam. I had very little teaching …

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Voicing the Words on the Page (Part I)

By Luke Coulter As a California native, I never saw the need for a phrase describing the weather phenomenon where it is raining and the sun is shining at the same time. When this happens in the Southern States of the USA, however, people will turn to whoever is near them and loudly proclaim that …

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