Writing & Grammar


Introductory phrases and words can get in the way of what you are saying Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Today’s blog shares information on introductory words phrases. What are those, you might ask? Here’s an example straight off a paper one of my students wrote recently: In almost every workplace, there is at least one process or function that can be improved or made more efficient. In healthcare specifically, it could be finding better ways to attend to the patients faster or...

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How grocery shopping is like writing essay transitions Home Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: How in the world are transitions in an essay like grocery shopping???? Believe it or not, they are alike.  Work with me here! When you go shopping for food, you put a lot of unrelated items in your cart. Maybe you get some bananas, a container of cinnamon, and some nonfat yogurt. While you are pushing them around the store, they are three...

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Recalcitrant possessive apostrophes Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: What can we do about apostrophes? We need them, but their proper use often evades our understanding. Here are some tips for their usage: When you write the word “it’s” you need to understand that this is not possessive. You have written the words “it is.” For example, if you write “it’s a mystery to me,” you have correctly written “it is a...

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Watch out for typoes and grammatikal errores- yes, that is important Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: So, I guess you can tell what I will be talking about today, given the obvious mistakes in my title. You would not believe what some folks will turn in for me to grade. Today’s list was pretty unbelievable, so here are a few to whet your whistle: “Staff being arguing about the room….No solutions is found…..” (this gal is a junior in...

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Don’t re-invent the wheel or color outside the lines College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is geared to help you get ready for mid-term or final projects.  Let’s say that you have been in a writing class (mine, for example) for the past seven weeks and it is time for either a mid-term or final project. We just took the time to learn how to write a memo, a modified block formatted letter, and/or an Executive...

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Writing assignment gone bad College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: I recently received a 7-paragraph list of answers to questions that had been posted for a writing assignment. While the answers were rather nice, they did not follow the assignment’s instructions. Instead of writing a 17-page paper like one of the other classmates, this individual wrote a total of 2 pages. [Note: The other papers in the class were a minimum of 8...

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Sending notes to the ill Suddenly Single / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: This might be an unexpected blog posting for this time of year, but have you thought about sending notes to folks who are ill?  Your thoughtful comments would mean so much to someone who is hurting. Here are some tips on how to approach this: You do not need a fancy, pre-printed card. Food stores (like Safeway, in my neck of the woods)...

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Basic writing tips for college students College Life / Suddenly Single / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: Today’s blog is on writing for college. Having taught college for 11 years, there are some tips I would like to share with you. First, please use commas with introductory words and phrases. An example of an introductory word is seen in my previous sentence. If you are looking for an introductory phrase, I just gave you one in this sentence. These phrases...

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College idea of the day: Writing Centers Books / College Life / Suddenly Single / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: College writing centers can be a wonderful asset to the beginning college student. When I began college as a nontraditional (e.i. “older”) student, I had been out of the classroom for many, many years. I hadn’t written an essay since high school. Even though I was considered a pretty decent writer back then, I had forgotten many of the basics of essay writing....

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Preparing a college essay Books / College Life / Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone: This blog post comes after a busy day of grading papers at the three colleges where I teach. Here are some tips I wish my students knew about writing an essay for college: Before you submit a paper, read it out loud. You will find mistakes you had no idea were there! Do not write a run-on sentence. If, as you read the...

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