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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.

Failure to Plan on Your Part…
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Failure to Plan on Your Part…

Hello everyone: It happens all the time: Students wait until the night before an assignment is due and then they panic over the instructions. There may have been hundreds of other students who have successfully understood the assignment but now, suddenly, the teacher is an idiot who wrote bad instructions. This happened simply because the student waited until five hours before the deadline to start...

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11 Feb 2019
Research before Writing
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Research before Writing

Hi everyone: It’s amazing. Students think that they can sit down and write an assignment without doing any research. Folks, that’s a good way to end up with writer’s block. If you haven’t seen what scholars have said about your topic, you can only write so much, especially if you don’t know anything about the topic. Please don’t “fake it till you make it.” This...

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08 Feb 2019
Please Don’t Over-Share
in College Life, Home Life

Please Don’t Over-Share

Hello everyone: You know the type: this person seems really nice but then he or she starts talking. Within minutes the individual has shared every bad thing that has ever happened to him or her for the past _____ years. Please don’t do that to your professor. I am not a trained psychologist. I am not your therapist. I am not the Psycho warden. I...

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04 Feb 2019
Accepting Feedback is a Good Thing
in Uncategorized, Writing & Grammar

Accepting Feedback is a Good Thing

Hi everyone: Every semester, I offer free feedback to students. They can come into my office and sit down with a hard copy of their assignment and I will look at it, prior to the day it is due. I will mark it up for format, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and quality. They can then take the paper back and fix it before submission. Amazingly enough,...

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01 Feb 2019
Whac-A-Mole Backpacks
in College Life, Home Life, Uncategorized

Whac-A-Mole Backpacks

Hello everyone: Backpacks are a wonderful invention. The amazing thing about them is that, when someone has strapped his or hers on, it seems to magically disappear. You know how that goes. The person has a fully-loaded knapsack and seems completely oblivious to the havoc he or she is raising by -oops- turning around and smacking all passersby with that whac-a-mole backpack. This seems to...

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30 Jan 2019
Plan your work backwards
in College Life, Uncategorized

Plan your work backwards

Hello everyone: Sometimes, it is difficult to know when to begin work on an assignment. Plan backwards, if you want to get a quick handle on when things need to be accomplished. Figure out your due date by looking at the syllabus. Let’s say that your due date for the next major paper is February 8th. Today is January 23rd. If you are well-organized, you...

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23 Jan 2019
Too Many Introductory Phrases Spoil the Essay
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Too Many Introductory Phrases Spoil the Essay

Hello everyone: There seems to be an over abundance of introductory phrases these days. Whether you are a first semester freshman or a graduate student, they are omnipresent in essays. (I just wrote one in the last sentence; this proves my point, I would argue herein.) I almost wrote a second one in three sentences. That would have spelled disaster in the world of academic...

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21 Jan 2019
Do Ask Questions When You Don’t Understand
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Do Ask Questions When You Don’t Understand

Hello Everyone: One of the things college students sometimes fret about is whether or not to approach their professors with questions. The answer is most decisively “Yes!” Underline, boldface print, exclamation point, “Yes!” Sometimes I am emailed by students who have misunderstood an assignment. Frequently, they are so confused that they have to ask me multiple times about what they need to do. You know...

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18 Jan 2019
How to Wow a Professor Who is not Easily Wowed
in College Life

How to Wow a Professor Who is not Easily Wowed

Hello everyone: I started a new teaching assignment today. I’ve been an adjunct professor for 12 1/2 years now, but today was the first time I stood in front of a class as an Associate Professor. What an experience! I have moved out of secular colleges and into the world of full time residential work at a large Christian university. Let me tell you about...

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15 Jan 2019
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