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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.

Choosing Really Bad Topics for Assignments or How to Really Tick off the Professor
in College Life, Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Choosing Really Bad Topics for Assignments or How to Really Tick off the Professor

Hello everyone: How do you pick a topic to write about? Hopefully, you do not seek out the one topic that the professor will hate and focus all of your attention on that. Case in point: I teach a few classes per year as an adjunct full professor for a college I have been with for the past ten or more years. I enjoy teaching...

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11 Feb 2020
Nontraditional Students? How Do You Cope?
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Nontraditional Students? How Do You Cope?

Hello everyone: I run into nontraditional students (AKA older than most of the other folks) all the time these days. When I was an undergraduate (2001-2006), I was a rarity. But as the divorce rate leaves 813,000 people per year alone and 800,000 people per year are widowed, more people (mostly women, from my observation) are trying to further their careers by going back to...

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06 Feb 2020
Class Started Today but You Were a No-show
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Class Started Today but You Were a No-show

Hello everyone: There are times when you should be in class. In my humble opinion, this should be every day. Apparently, you think differently. Just like last term and the semester before, you didn’t show up for the first class meeting. We accomplished quite a bit today. We went over the syllabus in detail (yes, I know that must be a dreadful bore but now...

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13 Jan 2020
Oh, You Better Watch Out
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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
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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
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