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Sheri Dean Parmelee

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.

Ten Typical Writing Mistakes Students Make
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Ten Typical Writing Mistakes Students Make

Hello everyone: As I write this, I will be limiting myself to the ten most common writing mistakes and then I will show you what they should look like. The most popular mistake these days seems to be the difference between a possessive noun and a plural one. A noun that possesses something needs a possessive apostrophe. For example, “Cat’s meow” needs that possessive apostrophe,...

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23 Jun 2020
It’s the Little Things That Count
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It’s the Little Things That Count

Hello everyone: You know, it’s the little things in life that matter. Take, for example, a recent visit I made to my local food store. They want you to buy their food, right? I was walking into the store on a Saturday morning, having noticed that one of their workers was scrubbing the sidewalk outside the front door (which also serves as an exit, since...

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21 Jun 2020
Pay Attention to the Little Things when You’re Writing Because I Do
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Pay Attention to the Little Things when You’re Writing Because I Do

Hello everyone: When students take a college class from me, they get two things for the price of one. They are in a communication class but I also teach them how to write, if they will only pay attention. I have students whose writing I correct over and over, only to have them ignore my suggestions. Of course, the thing to remember here is that...

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08 Jun 2020
How in the World Do I Get Organized: Drowning in a Sea of Assignments
in College Life, Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

How in the World Do I Get Organized: Drowning in a Sea of Assignments

Hello everyone: Students ask me all the time about how in the world can they get organized and be disciplined enough to finish their degree. Let me let you in on my personal organizational secrets to finishing two degrees at the same time while running a business, being active in my church, and making time for family. It really isn’t complicated but it isn’t always...

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04 Jun 2020
Being Verbose Should Not be Your Goal
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Being Verbose Should Not be Your Goal

Hello everyone: Oh, my stars! The verbosity reigns in some students’ work…..They use the biggest words they can find, in the hopes of making an impression on their professor. They do, indeed, but not the way that you might imagine. Many years ago, I had a professor whose comments on a paper required that I get out the dictionary. By the time I had gotten...

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30 May 2020
APA 6th versus 7th
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APA 6th versus 7th

Hello everyone: There’s a new kid in town: the 7th edition of the APA Style Manual. Oh, goodie. Sorry folks, but it is my personal opinion that the APA folks come out with a new manual just to keep themselves in business. I mean, the sales for their books go up substantially every time they make an adjustment. Here’s the latest scope: In-text citations are...

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17 May 2020
Subjects and Verbs can be Bothersome or Superb
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Subjects and Verbs can be Bothersome or Superb

Hello everyone: There’s nothing like a good verb to really get a sentence going. Verbs like titillate, saunter, sizzle, clutch, ensnare, wither, or glisten are fun to write and enjoyable to read. The problem that some students have is when they write a sentence with the verb at a distance from their subject. For example, perhaps the sentence is “I, in spite of dangers, toils,...

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11 Apr 2020
Attitude is Everything: Or “Can You Help Me Understand” versus “My Bad Grades are all Your Fault”
in College Life, Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Attitude is Everything: Or “Can You Help Me Understand” versus “My Bad Grades are all Your Fault”

Hello everyone: In my in-box this morning, I received two emails. One was from a student who had gotten some less-than-desirable grades on some recent assignments. The other was from another student who had failed miserably in all the assignments he turned in so far. Student number one was very polite and asked for some clarification on why she had done so poorly. Her attitude...

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31 Mar 2020
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