‘Writing’ Posts

How to Rock an Essay Revision

How to Rock an Essay Revision

In intro classes like Comp I and Comp II, you’ll probably be tasked with writing a handful of essays through a series of drafts. You’ll write the essay, get some instructor and peer feedback, and then have a chance to edit and revise the essay to improve it and, hopefully, get a better score when ...

Why You Should Use Your School’s Databases

Why You Should Use Your School’s Databases

At the risk of sounding like every library tour, First Year Experience course and research methods professor, let me tell you why you should take advantage of your school’s digital databases. 1. They’ve got solid, full-text academic sources Ask a 21st century student to research something and we’ll Google it. While that’s fine for quick ...

Why You Should: Use a Bullet Journal

Why You Should: Use a Bullet Journal

I’ve always been pretty terrible at keeping journals. I love the idea of it—a book to hold your thoughts, ideas, and reflections. Something you can leave behind as a record of experiences. I buy them constantly. I’m always drawn to the stationary aisle in every store, running my fingers over the spines of those pretty ...

HackCollege Interviews: A Literary Agent

HackCollege Interviews: A Literary Agent

There are plenty of writers who spend their days sharing their thoughts and creative musings with a limited audience, most of whom would love to expand their platform by getting published. The bulk of writers know that in order to get a novel published the traditional route, they will need to reach out to literary ...

Major Spotlight: Creative Writing

Major Spotlight: Creative Writing

Getting a degree in the arts or humanities might seem like the “wrong” choice, especially with so much recent pushing towards degrees in STEM-related fields. But, getting a BA is still a valuable pursuit. When I first began my undergraduate degree, I had pressure from every angle—parents, peers, society—to ditch my dream of pursuing a ...

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 ...

10 Tips for Cover Letters

10 Tips for Cover Letters

Cover letters remain popular in today’s job climate, and I am constantly bombarded with questions about what their purpose is and how to draft one properly. While plenty of people think that the resume is the selling point of a job application, a cover letter can have a strong impact on how a prospective employer ...

Handwritten Versus Typed Note-taking

Handwritten Versus Typed Note-taking

Laptop computers make note-taking convenient and efficient, but can they also be a hindrance to students? A recent study found that students who took notes with paper and pen outperformed their classmates who used laptop computers to take notes on the same material, suggesting that teachers and lecturers should encourage their students to turn off ...

Niche Careers: Editing

Niche Careers: Editing

When people think of the publishing industry, they usually think of the writers involved in creating content. Seldom do they consider the behind-the-scenes action that goes into what we read. Whether you read magazine articles, online posts, academic journals, or books, it’s important to be aware that all of that content has been edited by ...

Why You Should: Use LectureNotes

Why You Should: Use LectureNotes

Using the stock note-taking apps that come with your Android smartphone or tablet is fine for jotting down quick notes. But they were not designed with student needs in mind. The focus on catering to students is what separates LectureNotes from the rest of the class. LectureNotes is much like using an electronic pad and ...

Why You Should: Use FreeOffice

Why You Should: Use FreeOffice

SoftMaker has a free lineup of office suite modules containing a word processor, slide presentation program and spreadsheet program that rival the Microsoft Office suite. Called FreeOffice 2016, this product line includes near identical performance for Windows and Linux operating systems as well as Android mobile devices. SoftMaker is based in Germany and also offers ...

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