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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.

An apostrophe is not a comma or vice versa
in Writing & Grammar

An apostrophe is not a comma or vice versa

Hello everyone: Believe it or not, some students mistake a possessive apostrophe (students’ confusion) for a comma (students, confusion). Oh, my, let’s set the record straight. You have students who possess something. Therefore, you use a possessive apostrophe like this: One student has something: Let’s overcome the student’s confusion in completing a task. Two or more students have something: The two students’ confusion was palatable....

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08 Dec 2018
When do I use a semi-colon?
in Writing & Grammar

When do I use a semi-colon?

Hello everyone: Oh, those semi-colons! I’ve seen students who wrote one word (However; this is not a good thing) and dumped a semi-colon into the sentence immediately. That’s not the way to go, folks. Others students use them to connect partial sentences with other partial sentences (A dog; came down the road; to fetch.) Nope. No matter how tempting it is to fill in the...

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03 Dec 2018
Sometimes folks are going to disagree
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Sometimes folks are going to disagree

Hello everyone: I was teaching face-to-face recently when one of my students commented that she disagreed with what the other students said during a discussion. She was pretty upset. I tried explaining that college is a place where we have diverse folks with differing opinions but that everyone in my class has a right to his or her own opinions and that I was comfortable...

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26 Nov 2018
Keeping the professor in the loop
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Keeping the professor in the loop

Hello everyone: Sometimes bad stuff happens in the course of the semester. Occasionally, that bad stuff means that you have gotten behind in your work. Sometimes you can work things out with the professor so that you can get back on track. Let’s talk about how to do that. I have military folks in my classes from time to time. Well, actually, I have military...

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24 Nov 2018
Paying attention in class, even if it’s online
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Paying attention in class, even if it’s online

Hello everyone: One of the biggest challenges an instructor has is to capture the attention of his or her students. And keep it. When I was in high school, I had an instructor who would jump up on his desk, if he thought we weren’t paying attention. He was an English instructor and I always thought that was rather undignified. A psychology teacher of mine...

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23 Nov 2018
Announcements, announcements, announcements
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Announcements, announcements, announcements

Hello everyone: Okay. Your instructor posts those terribly boring announcements a couple of times a week. The professor probably drones on and on and puts you to sleep by the second paragraph, right? Why in the world would you want to read them? There are several really good reasons to check them out, no matter how apparently dull and dreadful. First, they might contain something...

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20 Nov 2018
To Ph.D. or not to Ph.D., that is the question
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To Ph.D. or not to Ph.D., that is the question

Hello everyone: It can be challenging to get your college degree. If it was an easy task, everyone would be doing it. They aren’t. If you are, you are a special person. But what about higher, higher education? Is a master’s degree or Ph.D. in your future? Let’s talk about that for a moment. What are the degree requirements for the field you hope to...

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16 Nov 2018
Lenience in lateness leads to lost jobs
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Lenience in lateness leads to lost jobs

Hello everyone: One of the colleges where I teach has adopted a new policy: nothing is late until it is really late. Five days late. The students are not docked until the assignment is more than four days late, so on the fifth day, the students lose 2 points out of 100. Big deal. On the sixth day, the recalcitrant student will lose another two...

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13 Nov 2018
Buying research papers
in College Life, Writing & Grammar

Buying research papers

Hello everyone: Sometimes, if you are really busy, it might seem like a good idea to buy a research paper. It isn’t. Perhaps you don’t really care about the course and you think purchasing a paper is a great way to move on quickly. Don’t do it. Do you really want to sully your reputation, get a zero for the assignment, and have a permanent...

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09 Nov 2018
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