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The Roadmap to Your Paper: Specificity in Your Thesis Statement

by Stewart Matzek More often than I’d like to admit, I see theses that look something like this: “In society today, a lot has changed.” The student then turns to me and asks if their thesis is okay, and I … Continue reading

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Reading Strategies: 24 Questions to Improve Understanding

By Logan Miller One of the larger impacts on our writing as students is how we go about reading the texts we’re assigned in classes. It is simple to suggest that actually doing our assigned reading is critical; however, effective, … Continue reading

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Prewriting: Planning For a Successful Paper

By Jonathan Vivet What is prewriting? More importantly, why should you spend time on an “extra” step when you could get to the business of actually putting substance down on your paper? Prewriting includes everything a writer does before putting … Continue reading

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This Blog was Written for Science: Formatting Scientific Writing

by Brittney Osborn I often find myself working with students who are frustrated by the formatting of scientific writing assignments. The idea of using past tense and passive voice can be a challenge, as can adhering to CSE or APA … Continue reading

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Edit and Edit and Edit Some More: Three Types of Editing

by Brianna Soloski Editing is quite possibly one of the most important aspects of writing. It doesn’t matter what you’re writing; odds are it will need editing. From personal statements to Core Humanities papers, to business proposals and everything in … Continue reading

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PIE Paragraphs: A Model for Body Paragraphs

By Logan Miller Writing an academic essay can be onerous or enjoyable, but regardless of how you feel about them, essays require specific formatting. Specifically, they need introductions, bodies, and conclusions, and these sections have their own unique formatting. It … Continue reading

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Reading Through Different Lenses: Critical Reading

by Brian H. McLelland As one develops advanced critical reading skills over a period of time with practice, critical reading can be a lot more accessible than you might realize. Text analysis shouldn’t cause you to feel perplexed or intimidated. … Continue reading

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Keep It Moving: Transitioning Between Paragraphs

By Matt Bieker When writing your papers, it is important to transition between paragraphs accordingly.  Think of transitions as the tour guides of your paper. They guide your audience from one interesting point to the next, keeping them engaged and … Continue reading

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Organization and Outlining

By Benjamin Loar The concept of organization and outlining seems to be a lost art among early college-level writers.  Good organization practices can be utilized by students in order to avoid the chaotic and sloppy writing that tends to occur … Continue reading

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“I think this maybe could possibly somehow be my point”: The Effect of Floppy Language

By Stewart Matzek What’s an argumentative essay? Sure, it’s a sort of compact portfolio of your ideas, your presentation of some argument on a random topic that, most likely, you don’t feel a particularly strong connection to. However, the fact that … Continue reading

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