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Being Verbose Should Not be Your Goal Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Oh, my stars! The verbosity reigns in some students’ work…..They use the biggest words they can find, in the hopes of making an impression on their professor. They do, indeed, but not the way that you might imagine. Many years ago, I had a professor whose comments on a paper required that I get out the dictionary. By the time I had gotten...

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APA 6th versus 7th Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: There’s a new kid in town: the 7th edition of the APA Style Manual. Oh, goodie. Sorry folks, but it is my personal opinion that the APA folks come out with a new manual just to keep themselves in business. I mean, the sales for their books go up substantially every time they make an adjustment. Here’s the latest scope: In-text citations are...

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Subjects and Verbs can be Bothersome or Superb Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: There’s nothing like a good verb to really get a sentence going. Verbs like titillate, saunter, sizzle, clutch, ensnare, wither, or glisten are fun to write and enjoyable to read. The problem that some students have is when they write a sentence with the verb at a distance from their subject. For example, perhaps the sentence is “I, in spite of dangers, toils,...

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Attitude is Everything: Or “Can You Help Me Understand” versus “My Bad Grades are all Your Fault” College Life / Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: In my in-box this morning, I received two emails. One was from a student who had gotten some less-than-desirable grades on some recent assignments. The other was from another student who had failed miserably in all the assignments he turned in so far. Student number one was very polite and asked for some clarification on why she had done so poorly. Her attitude...

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When the Professor Offers to Help, Don’t Stand Her Up College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Sometimes students struggle in college. Maybe they are a first generation college student and have no idea of how to study. Perhaps this is their first semester of online classes and are lost at how to navigate the course material. It happens. The key to success in a time of stress is to reach out the professor. And then don’t stand her up...

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Paying Attention to Feedback Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: For each of my online students, a hearty “hello” from your professor. Another hearty “Please pay attention to the feedback I spent hours giving you” request. It is very discouraging to spend hours on a beautiful afternoon typing feedback into your document, only to realize that you have totally ignored it. Recently, I had a multi-complaining, last-minute Louie who resubmitted a document only...

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A Fragment Does Not a Sentence Make Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Welcome to the bane of many a professor’s existence: sentence fragments. Oh, my, if I had. A nickel for every. Sentence fragment that. Abounds in many. Students’ work. I. Would be. Wealthy. Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t be dripping in diamonds or frolicking in fur, but I could, in the very least, pay a visit to Cracker Barrel. There are times when the...

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

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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