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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.

Oh, You Better Watch Out
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Oh, You Better Watch Out

Hello everyone: Just a couple of quick comments today on the topic of following directions. Please do it. Okay, we’re done. All right, not really (with regards to being done, not regarding following directions). I have a group of college seniors at one of my colleges where I am an instructor and these dear folks really struggle with following directions. Of course, part of the...

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01 Dec 2019
Semi-Colons versus Colons: The Great Dilemma
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Semi-Colons versus Colons: The Great Dilemma

Hi everyone: One of the biggest issues some student have, including master’s students, is when to use a semi-colon or a colon. Here’s the scoop. If you have two complete sentences (also known as independent phrases), you can put them together into one sentence using a semi-colon. Do not stick the word “and” in there- just combine the two sentences and put a semi-colon in...

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19 Nov 2019
Words Do Not Mean the Same Thing
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Words Do Not Mean the Same Thing

Hello everyone: I was perusing some assignments this week and discovered some very interesting things: some students believe that there is no difference between some very common words. Let me be more specific. The word “or” cannot substitute for “our” or “are.” Neither can the word “our” be a successful stand in for “are.” Folks, it doesn’t matter how southern your accent is, that substitution...

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26 Oct 2019
Incomplete Does Not Mean You are a Nincompoop, It Just Means You Need to Get Busy
in College Life, Home Life, Uncategorized

Incomplete Does Not Mean You are a Nincompoop, It Just Means You Need to Get Busy

Hello everyone: Sometimes, the end of the semester comes before the end of your work. Now, if you are just poorly organized, you can’t really expect the professor to cut you a break. On the other hand, if your computer woke you up with the black screen of death, your father had a stroke, your son got a broken arm, and your daughter just had...

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18 Oct 2019
Pay Attention to Feedback or It Could Cost You Some Major Points
in College Life, Uncategorized

Pay Attention to Feedback or It Could Cost You Some Major Points

Hello everyone: On every assignment for every class I teach, I offer feedback. Students are also sent emails via our announcement page, and they get special postings where they can locate additional instructions on how to successfully complete an assignment. But some students doggedly hang onto the wrong way of doing something, too stubborn to follow the instructions. Why would they do that? They are...

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07 Oct 2019
Let Me Introduce You
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Let Me Introduce You

Hello everyone: Introductory phrases can be wonderful. Or not. They can, if used to excess, muddy the water, bore your reader, and add tedium to your writing. What’s a person to do? Get rid of as many as you can. Let’s start with “what is an introductory phrase?” It is, according to Siri, “an introduction to a subject or a topic; basis or preliminary.” It...

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30 Sep 2019
I’m About to Graduate: AKA What Do I Do Now????
in College Life, Home Life, Uncategorized

I’m About to Graduate: AKA What Do I Do Now????

Hello everyone: During my time as a residential faculty member, numerous students have come to me, asking what I think they should do after college. What should their next steps be? To help guide their thinking, the first things I usually ask are “What do you want to do?” and “Where do you like the weather?” If you are young and unattached, why not live...

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28 Sep 2019
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