Making the most of your chat with the professor Writing & Grammar

Hi everyone:

I offer personal guidance to many of my students, to help them write more successful essays. There are a few things I suggest they do to make the  conferences more productive.

First, print off your essay so you can mark it up as we talk. I will be going over your document a line at a time and just looking at it on your computer isn’t going to help you remember what I say. I have a marked up copy of your work and you should, too. Mark up everything I suggest so that you can refer back to it on future assignments. No, you won’t remember what I say.

Next, try to have distractions at a minimum. We talk over the phone but please make sure that your children are otherwise entertained while we speak because it won’t help you a bit if you can’t hear me. If you know your infant is going to want to eat during our scheduled time, let’s change our chat to a different time.

Finally, actually do what I suggest in your future papers. It doesn’t do any good to spend an hour talking to me if you are going to ignore my advice. I don’t make a note that you spend one hour with me and count towards your next grade. You need to actually do what I’ve talked to you about.

Best,

Dr. Sheri


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Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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