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Essay Writing as Communication

Essays are the primary, if not the only, means by which students communicate their thoughts and analyses to professors. In some ways, essay-writing is a performative art. Similar to a one-night-only concert, you only get one shot (unless you have … Continue reading

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Good Grammar for Dummies: Quick tips to help you improve your writing anytime, anywhere

When you’re done writing a draft, the task of editing your grammar can be daunting—but it’s still critical! While you may no longer get “points off” for grammar mistakes, poor grammar can make your writing hard, or downright impossible, to understand. … Continue reading

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Writing Clearly and Comprehensibly

The eroticization of post-capitalist hegemony is, and yet is not, the discourse of pedagogical institutions.i I used the University of Chicago’s academic sentence generator to create this wonderful sentence.  This website, courtesy of U Chicago’s Writing Program, is an entertaining … Continue reading

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Developing Original Critique: A Plea for Gentle Persuasion

One of the most challenging aspects of the transition to college writing is the idea that we as writers must develop our own unique thesis that contrasts, expands upon, or complements the authors we read in class. How are we, … Continue reading

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Pre-Write Like a Pro

I recall a time when I couldn’t write a thesis statement if my life depended on it.  At the start of high school there wasn’t a paper assigned that I didn’t need an extension on — and it certainly wasn’t … Continue reading

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Too Long, Too Short, Just Right?: How to Fit your Whole Argument into Only Two Pages

With the end of the semester upon us, many of us are spending countless hours organizing information, developing arguments, and churning out page after page.  Getting to that, say, twentieth page is certainly demanding, but what about when we encounter … Continue reading

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Learning From Your Mistakes

Many students do not give a lot of thought to the techniques they use when they write, or to their overall writing style.  I can sympathize with them – my own writing habits developed by imitating the styles of the … Continue reading

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SPRINKLE THEORY: Indulge Yourself in Writing

Writing is like a chocolate cake.  In fact, it’s like a double-layer chocolate fudge cake with rainbow sprinkles on top, according to a member of the Class of 2013’s Sprinkle Theory. The Sprinkle Theory essentially states that when a grandiose … Continue reading

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Tips for Writing Your First Science Paper

Writing in the sciences may seem foreign and unrelated to essays written in the humanities and social sciences, but for those new to the discipline: don’t fret!  Here’s some helpful tips that remind you it’s not so different after all. … Continue reading

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Length Requirements for Academic Papers

It’s a question we’ve all found ourselves pondering: if my professor has assigned a paper to be between “x” and “y” pages, how many pages should I actually be writing? Many students seem to think there is some sort of … Continue reading

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