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Oh, You Better Watch Out Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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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Semi-Colons versus Colons: The Great Dilemma Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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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Words Do Not Mean the Same Thing Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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

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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Students are a Blessing; Some More than Others College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: I love my students. They are cheerful (usually), intelligent (for the most part), and hard workers ( 9 times out of 10). They are engaged in the subject matter and love to get me to go off script when I’m lecturing and encourage me to head down a rabbit trail. And that’s fine. The times when we have our greatest time of fellowship...

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Pay Attention to Feedback or It Could Cost You Some Major Points College Life / Uncategorized

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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Let Me Introduce You Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

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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I’m About to Graduate: AKA What Do I Do Now???? College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

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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