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Digital Tools to Improve Your Papers

Digital Tools to Improve Your Papers

Writing assignments: love ‘em or hate ‘em, they end up being a huge part of your grade in many college classes. Whether you’re a strong writer or somewhat less confident in your abilities, these four tools can help you take your writing to the next level. Grammarly You’re familiar with spell check, but Microsoft Word’s ...

5 Things You Should Stop Doing in Essays

5 Things You Should Stop Doing in Essays

As a college composition instructor, I never run out of examples of terrible writing. Students still transitioning from high school writing habits have a tendency to write papers that all sound the same—and use many of the same tropes and generalizations. I spend most of that first semester trying to un-teach many of the things ...

Writing Hacks from a College Instructor

Writing Hacks from a College Instructor

We’ve all been there—scrambling last minute to come up with an essay worthy of that coveted A. I remember countless nights in the campus library, crouched inside my cubicle, practically weeping into my seemingly bottomless cup of coffee as I tried to argue, articulately and accurately, some overthought thesis. As a graduate student, it would ...

Writing the Perfect Paper: Putting it All Together

Writing the Perfect Paper: Putting it All Together

After all that research and all that outlining, your paper is almost done and you can hardly wait! With the awesome outline we created, we just have a few more steps before we can go binge watch Netflix and it feels amazing. The best part? We barely stressed this whole thing because breaking it down ...