Category Writing Strategies

How to Write an Essay Paper Step-by-Step: A Student’s Perspective

by Karen O’Connor Recently, I was given an essay prompt by my “History of Television” professor. It read: “Write a two-page essay outlining the work of a television notable.” The first step to essay-writing is making sure you understand the assignment. I felt it was a little vague, so I approached the professor to ask

Getting to Your Final Draft = 10 Essay Revising Strategies

by Karen O’Connor Once you’ve written your paper, spending a short time revising it can make a huge difference in the overall presentation, and your overall grade on the assignment. Here are some of the steps you can try: Spelling and Punctuation – some professors get especially grumpy if you mix up words like to, […]

Why the Fast-Food Ban Failed in South L.A. — The Atlantic

Although NYC’s 2012 ban on super-sized drinks was overturned last year, Los Angeles’s ban on fast food joints in the neighborhood known as South Los Angeles (formerly South Central), while intact, has failed to produce the desired results. This is a good read for those interested in the problem of obesity, especially as it impacts low-income […]

Speaking of Style Guides…

I couldn’t have planned for a better follow up post than this, a piece by Mary Norris, Query Proofreader at The New Yorker on her “learning to love the [magazine’s] house style.”  Beautifully written and itself exemplifying the nuances of The New Yorker‘s house style, Norris’s piece delves into the history behind some of the stylistic choices […]

A Response to the Unasked Question, “Why Use a Style Guide?”

Have you ever asked yourself why your instructors require you to format and cite your paper using a style guide?  Although you may view the task as a pointless one, it actually is replete with meaning.  Using a style guide: Identifies you as a member of a particular community.  For example, MLA style is most […]

Grade Forecasting for Improved Writing–and Improved Grades!

In my writing workshop this week one of the things we did was review thesis statements that past students of mine have written. I asked students to identify the prompt the thesis responded to; evaluate the quality of the thesis based on some standards we had established as a class; offer suggestions for improvement; and […]

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