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Happy Father’s Day Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Parents are frequently our unsung heroes. I thought of this as we were celebrating Father’s Day today. Happily, my father is still alive. I am excited for the opportunity to spend time with him in the autumn of his life. I share memories that he no longer has, like how we used to drive our car on Cocoa Beach and take a picnic...

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Just because You’ve Always Written Something That Way Doesn’t Mean Your Writing’s Right Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I had a student recently who insisted that she had always written her APA formatted essays with the period after the quote and left nothing at the end of the sentence. “Well, bully for Terry Elizabeth,” as my mother always said. Folks, that is soooo 5th edition. That would be fine, if we still graded from the 5th edition of the APA Style...

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Being Redundant Means Saying the Same Things Over and Over Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Have you ever known someone who said the same things over and over again, repeatedly? I occasionally get students who do and it is a real snoozer. It’s almost as bad as the folks who love to say “like” without end. I was seated next to some very sweet young ladies on a plane recently and they had a conversation that went something...

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Reading the Announcements and Professor’s Emails is Crucial Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Every once in a while, I get students who never read the announcements and ignore my emails. That is a very poor idea. Why? Because I explain things that you need to know in those missives. If you need an extra bit of information to complete an assignment, it will be there. If students are having trouble locating an article or need help...

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A Colon Does Not a Semi-Colon Make Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Guess what? There is a big difference between a colon and a semi-colon. they are not the same thing and they are not interchangeable. I saw a graduate student’s work recently. He did not know that a semi-colon joins two independent clauses and that a colon is good for when you are listing things or want to point something out. For example, one...

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Writing an Article Review That’s Not All About You Uncategorized / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I recently assigned article reviews to one of my graduate classes. One of the students wrote one short paragraph about an unnamed article by an unnamed author and then q=wrote the rest of his essay about himself. By the time he was done, I knew quite a about him and almost nothing about the article. Here are the instructions I now give on...

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Don’t Depend on the Professor to Bail You Out College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: This term has been an interesting one. I have a couple of online students who depended on my grace to get them through the semester. One claimed he didn’t know we had a semester-end project due. Apparently, he never read the syllabus, the course schedule, any of my announcements, or any of the emails I sent him. He submitted a half-effort the last...

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Light Bulbs Going Off College Life / Home Life / Uncategorized

Hello everyone: Sometimes, it takes a little while before the light bulbs go off. What I mean by this is that some students don’t get themselves together academically for a while. For some, it takes longer than for others. I once knew a man who had 120 credits (enough for a bachelor’s degree) but he didn’t even have an associate’s degree (60 credits). His wife...

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