Writing & Grammar


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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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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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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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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