Answer the Question and Prove It!

Whether the written response has high stakes (such as a college application or SAT/ACT essay) or is part of an ordinary school task (such as an open-ended question or literature-based prompt), there is one common mistake students make that has a straightforward solution: Answer all parts of the question and provide proof! A successful response…

Help with the College Admission Application Essay: Part 2, Effective College Application Essay Writing Tips

(This is the second of two articles about writing effective college admission application essays. Part one, “Help with the College Admission Application Essay: The New Common Application for College Admission,” was a blog post dated 9-27-13. ) The “Effective College Application Essay Writing Tips” below offer assistance with writing responses to all types of college…

Texting and Poor Writing Skills: No Reason to LOL!

Texting and Poor Writing Skills: No Reason to LOL Although today’s students spend more time writing than past generations did both in and out of school, texting lingo, abbreviations, symbols, and emoticons are rapidly pervading–and eroding–formal writing. The unfortunate result is a lack of professional, appropriate communication and presentation, which down the road can lead to…

Plagiarism and Proper Citations

Plagiarism and Proper Citations Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses the thoughts, ideas, information, direct quotations, or exact wording of another author without properly crediting the source.  In the world of academics, plagiarism is considered academic dishonesty and can result in a failing grade or even expulsion.  With the advancement of technology and Internet use…

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