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Fewer Words, More Meaning

By Joey Aisa There is a misconception regarding the concept of concision, as if stringing more words will create more meaning and clearer vision. The sentence is filled with empty words to the brim. Significance without concision is nothing but … Continue reading

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Avoiding Fluffy, Floppy, Wordy, and Padded Writing

By Moryah Hennessy It’s the night before that big paper is due, and while you’re contemplating last week’s decision to procrastinate, that blank piece of paper is staring at you, daring you to write down your thoughts. “Getting started is … Continue reading

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Nom-Nom-Nominalizations: How They’re Eating Up Your Sentences

By Stewart Matzek Before we talk about nominalizations, let’s look at a few sentences. See if you can figure out what’s going wrong. The committee conducted an interrogation of the subject. Our plan was to go running, but our cute … Continue reading

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Hyphens and Dashes—A Guide

By Jonathan Ly You’ve probably seen them all over before, horizontal lines like “-,” “–,” and “—,” but do you really know the differences between them all? If not, don’t be worried, you’re like the majority of people out there. … Continue reading

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Don’t Shy From Split Infinitives

By Ian Nesbitt A split infinitive is a grammatical construction in which a word or phrase divides the “to” and the verb (e.g., “to go”).  Split infinitives might sound complicated, but they’re a pretty simple thing to understand. Let’s look … Continue reading

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A Guide for Starting Outlines

By Jonathan Vivet You might be asking yourself what is an outline, or you might even be thinking, “Outlines? I’m better than that.” Are you sure though? An outline, no matter what format yours takes, is an organized framework that … Continue reading

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Cutting Up the Paragraph: How to use A.X.E.S. Paragraph Structure

By Erica Wirthlin Paragraphs are more than a block of text that begin with an indent and end with a period. They are a platform for analysis, criticism, and meaningful insights. Paragraph structure is key to conveying and supporting your … 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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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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“Once more, with Feeling”: Writing a Competent Statement of Purpose

By Reece Gibb Penning statements of purpose can be a soul-sucking ordeal—such writing is daunting, but for the reason that it requires of applicants feats of embellishment and ingratiation to which they may not be accustomed. However, such processes need … Continue reading

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