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Tell Me About Yourself and Other Plagues Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Giving an online course introductory posting must be the bane of a college student’s existence, giving the desire to avoid them like the plague. Most online courses do require them, you know, so go ahead and write one. Let me tell you about a few different types. You tell me which is the most interesting. First, there is the non-introduction. Here is an...

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Plagiarism is Dead, Or So Some Would Say College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Plagiarism, in my opinion, is alive and well in college classrooms across the world. However, not everyone agrees. Take, for example, an online college where I have taught for many years. When I first arrived, virtually speaking, I was told that plagiarism would not be accepted in any way, shape, or form. Great! We’re on the same page. Stealing someone else’s work and...

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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: Hang in There! College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: I had the opportunity recently to talk to one of my students over the phone. She was having some challenges with scheduling her life around online graduate school. Then I found out why. This gal had plenty of reasons to give up and drop out. But she has some really good reasons to keep on trucking and stick with the program. Physical aliments...

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Why You Can’t Resubmit a Document Until You Get the Grade You Wanted College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: It happens all the time. Students submit a document without paying attention to the instructions or my supplemental announcements and think, somehow, that they can resubmit the document until they get the “A” they wanted. Nope, it doesn’t happen. Not in this woman’s classes. Let’s take a look at the situation. You are in a class. You waited until the last minute to...

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Keeping Cookies Soft and a Great Fruit Pizza Recipe College Life / Hobbies & Travel / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hi folks: If you have a sweet tooth, we are siblings, for certain. Cookies are a delight when they are soft. When they are hard enough to draw blood, crack a tooth, or require extensive dental work, not so much. So how do you keep them moist and soft? A piece of bread will do the trick. Here’s how: Put your cookies in a Tupperware-type...

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Ten Typical Writing Mistakes Students Make Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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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It’s the Little Things That Count College Life / Uncategorized

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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Pay Attention to the Little Things when You’re Writing Because I Do Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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

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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