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Kissing Wordy Writing Goodbye as a Journalism Student

By Charis Nixon   For much of our academic journey, we’re taught to elaborate in our writing. High school writing assignments usually included essays with high word counts, and in return, students learned to pack their sentences with complex or … Continue reading

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A “Word” on Creating a Table of Contents

By Jacob Trujillo A table of contents establishes a simple way of maneuvering through a document that contains several sets of information. It allows the reader to access specific content areas in a document by setting a list of those specific … Continue reading

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Three Things You Need for the Comprehensive Exam: Organization, Organization, Organization

By Erica Wirthlin The comprehensive exam, sometimes comps for short, is a specific type of examination taken by graduate students in various disciplines. It’s not linked to any specific course, but tests your general knowledge of theory and competence within … Continue reading

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Switching from Scientific Writing to Writing in the Humanities

By: Madison Bosque One of the most difficult things I’ve encountered as a student and writer is transitioning from scientific papers, which make up the majority of my academic writing, to humanities papers, which are sprinkled into my coursework every … Continue reading

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Additional Tools for Overcoming Writer’s Block

By: Greta Ochsner Since most college students will struggle with writer’s block at some point during their university studies, we cooked up more tips for combating it. Common signs of writer’s block include but are not limited to staring at a … Continue reading

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Tools for Overcoming Writer’s Block

By Chelsea Weller The first step to overcoming writers block is admitting that you have writer’s block. Once this has been acknowledged, some students can hunker down and write. Others can’t—this article is for them. That said, reading articles about … Continue reading

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Reading Strategies: Previewing, Annotating, and Note-Taking

By Greta Ochsner If you find yourself struggling to focus on textbooks, then this blog is for you. Although reading a blog about reading strategies might be the last thing you feel like doing, these strategies can help reduce the time … Continue reading

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Give Me Creativity or Give Me Death: A Creative Writer’s Journey through His Writing Processes

By Matthew Baker If you’re anything like me, you need ways to bridge the gap between academic and creative writing. Maybe the way to do that is by simply adjusting your writing process based on your objective. But how can … Continue reading

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Writing in a Digital Age: Social Media Citations

By Lindsy Sullivan #Hello, fellow writers! As you probably know, lots of interesting tidbits exist on the internet—cat videos, Buzzfeed recipes, makeup tutorials, etc., but perhaps the most popular internet feature is social media. New social media sites emerge constantly, … Continue reading

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Can You Claim You Can Write a Claim?

By: Jerson Valdez Many students know what a thesis is and how to make one, but how many students are familiar with supporting claims? What is a claim? How do you develop a great claim? How do you incorporate one … Continue reading

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