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Revising by Reading Aloud

  Posted on: February 15, 2016

by Jessica Messerer-Trosin One of the most important aspects of writing—some would argue the most important aspect—is revision. With revision comes the improvement of clarity, the discovery of grammatical errors, and the growth of your entire essay. One easy, effective (and often neglected) strategy for revision is reading your paper out loud. When you read your…

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What to Expect in a Writing Centre Appointment

  Posted on: February 2, 2016

by Jessica Messerer-Trosin Here’s the situation: A professor or fellow student has recommended the Writing Centre, and after some deliberating, you’ve registered for an appointment.  You’re a little bit nervous because you don’t know what to expect, but you’re excited to be getting some help on your writing assignment. Here are a few things to…

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Conquering Writer’s Block: Free Writing

  Posted on: January 19, 2016

by Mackenzie Cassels One of the most frightening moments in a university student’s life is opening up a blank Microsoft Word document. It’s plain scary to see a clean white page and blinking cursor waiting for you to write hundreds (or even thousands) of words. How on earth do you overcome the paralyzing fear associated…

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How to Create a Running Head (APA)

  Posted on: January 12, 2016

A running head, also called a page header, is a line at the top of each page of a document that gives the reader important information. For APA format, the running head includes a shortened version (no more than 50 characters) of the title of the document IN CAPITAL LETTERS, as well as the page…

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How to Revise an Essay

  Posted on: November 30, 2015

Once you complete a first draft of your essay, it can be tempting to put it down, hand it in to your professor, and never look at it again. Unfortunately, this means that any grammar errors or problems with the structure of your essay will still be there. To avoid lost marks, you should set…

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MLA and APA – The Basics of Formatting

  Posted on: November 9, 2015

by Gavin Hayes If you are writing an academic essay or other assignment, eventually you will face questions about formatting. Formatting is complicated by the fact that there are different formatting styles used in different classes and disciplines. Because different disciplines have different priorities, these styles each have their own requirements. Someone writing a research essay…

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Audience: An Overlooked but Crucial Component of Writing

  Posted on: October 21, 2015

by Martin McFarlane When writing, it is important to keep in mind the people who will read your work. Depending on the situation, each reader will need and want different information, and giving them information that is not relevant can detract from the persuasiveness and effectiveness of your writing. By tailoring your writing to your…

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The Empty Mind: Tips for Selecting an Interesting Topic

  Posted on: September 21, 2015

Often, one of the hardest things about academic writing is deciding what to write about. Unless you are given a predetermined question by your instructor, the topics that interest you may be too broad for a basic essay. How do you make the topic narrow enough to so that you can write about it in…

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Sentence Variety

  Posted on: September 3, 2015

by Jessica Messerer-Trosin Sentence Variety To keep your reader engaged and your writing interesting, it is important that you use a variety of sentence types. There are four main types that will be outlined below: simple sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences, and complex compound sentences. Before we describe each one, there are two definitions to know:…

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