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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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Nontraditional Students? How Do You Cope? College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: I run into nontraditional students (AKA older than most of the other folks) all the time these days. When I was an undergraduate (2001-2006), I was a rarity. But as the divorce rate leaves 813,000 people per year alone and 800,000 people per year are widowed, more people (mostly women, from my observation) are trying to further their careers by going back to...

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Class Started Today but You Were a No-show College Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: There are times when you should be in class. In my humble opinion, this should be every day. Apparently, you think differently. Just like last term and the semester before, you didn’t show up for the first class meeting. We accomplished quite a bit today. We went over the syllabus in detail (yes, I know that must be a dreadful bore but now...

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Me and Her and Other Interesting Word Combinations Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hi everyone: Here we go, off into another semester. I hope you had a good break and are ready to jump in with both feet. Start strong at the beginning and you have a better chance of completing your course successfully. Sometimes students get off o the wrong foot through the use of improper grammar. The Comma Cop, the Grammar Guru, is always on patrol...

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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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