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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The Wrap-Up 2018: Parting Advice from Graduating Tutors

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 tutors 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. Ajah: The closer you …

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New Writing Center Video: Kerri’s “Preparing and Delivering Presentations”

Our tutors are always hard at work as they strive to provide the latest and greatest academic resources for you! Kerri, one of our graduating tutors, has just created a new video for the Writing Center featuring tips from her interview with SJSU's Professional and Technical Writing Program Director, Dr. Mark Thompson. Watch this video on …

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Ask the Specialists (May): Writing is like…

On Friday, we had our last Writing Center meeting of the year! (Never fear, we'll still have summer tutoring available. Keep an eye out for flyers soon!) For a bit of symmetry, we thought we'd ask a companion question to our first "Ask a Specialist" post of the school year back in September. What metaphor …

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Writing Center Conversation Groups: an Introduction by Nicky

Over the next few weeks, we'll featuring some of the great work of our writing tutors this year! Nicky, one of our graduating tutors, has created a new program for Writing Center students as part of her resource project -- multilingual conversation groups! She has been assisted in this endeavor by fellow tutors Enya, My-Tam, …

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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: Using Strong Verbs for Résumés

Summer is fast approaching, and you know what that means -- fun days at the beach, a never ending supply of watermelon, and internship applications! Even if you're not planning on revising your résumé now, it's never a bad idea to give it a once over, especially if you're one of the lucky few who …

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The 2018 SJSU Campus Reading Selection

The countdown to summer has officially begun! But before you exhaust yourself during Finals Week or feel tempted to turn your brain off during the summer, consider putting on your summer to-do list our new Campus Reading Selection: The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, by John Carlos with Dave Zirin.  Look! …

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Better Know a Department: English and Humanities

Welcome back to our "Better Know a Department" series! A few posts ago, we interviewed professors from both English and Humanities. In this post, our tutor Basil interviewed a professor who has experience in both: Karen English. With 29 years of experience, Professor English has taught a myriad of classes: ENGL 1B, 2, 10, 90A & …

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