Category: Tips and Advice

Teagle Panel: What Is Writing Good For?

Come to Downey this Tuesday to hear Professors Stephanie Weiner (English), Jan Naegele (NS&B), and Peter Gottschalk (Religion) discuss how mastery of certain writing techniques can be important in jobs and internships beyond Wesleyan. Alumni in any number of professions,…

Last Minute Work

This is the fourth post in a series for the Writing Blog by Patrick, a former writing mentor. It’s difficult for me to wake up to alarms anymore. This is because I’ve conditioned myself not to. I know that when…

Confessions of a Bad Student

A Writing Blog Series by Patrick, a former writing mentor Part One: Introduction My friends at Wesleyan all embodied that rare, inexplicable type I’ve never understood—the Good Student. They were able to keep up with their reading consistently, write multiple…

Citations for the 21st Century

The face of academics is changing, and the style books are doing their best to keep up with the times.  Here are some tips for those referencing “non-traditional” sources in their midterms: Tweets MLA is the only style book that’s…

Finding Yourself in Your Research

Tedious as it may be, most people will agree that doing research for a paper–roaming the stacks, reading abstracts and reviews of books, taking copious notes–is the easy part.  But writing an academic paper is about more than just proving…

How to Write a Cover Letter

The unexpectedly warm weather this week is as good a reminder as any that summer is going to be here before we know it.  Even though it is still early, it’s a good idea to start getting job and internship…

Drop/Add and Email Etiquette

If pre-reg was cruel to you last November (or you had an epiphany over break and decided to trade your economics major to pursue astronomy), you’re likely in for a stressful drop/add. We’ve all been there, pressing to the front…