Posts Tagged “writing”

My Last Lecture (but not really)

by admin on February 20, 2014

On Wednesday, 2/19/2014, I delivered Ball State University’s annual Last Lecture talk. About 500 students attended – all the seats were taken, and many were left standing or sitting on the floor. I talked about the different skills students should (…)

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Help WritingMaster reach 1000 likes on Facebook/100 followers on Twitter

by admin on February 14, 2014

I created WritingMaster to help students think about the process of writing academically, understand it, and craft beautiful papers. It is a free service, and I would like as many students as possible to know about it and use it (…)

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On Introductions

by admin on February 13, 2014

It seems nothing is harder for my students to write than introductions. Those one or two paragraphs at the beginning that are supposed to convey what the essay is all about is where many of them get stuck. They either (…)

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Emory Secrets and a Little about Writing

by admin on April 27, 2013

Emory Secrets is a facebook page that allows students to post ideas, confessions, or pleas for advice anonymously. It was launched by a group of (still anonymous) students in December 2012. I was a regular on that page, posting as (…)

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Lessons from Midterms

by admin on October 12, 2011

Grading the 20+ take-home exams I inflicted on my students is finally done, and now it is time for some writing lessons, based on the most common errors I’ve found. Read and share. 1. Proper language – it appears most (…)

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