Monthly Archives: May 2014
“Everyone knows X” isn’t true. There’s always someone who doesn’t know. Be prepared to explain and teach.
Remember, numbers mean “must be completed in this order.” Bullet points mean “can be completed in any order, or might be optional.”
To learn, question everything and everyone: yourself, your sources, your teachers, your friends, your family. Why do you think/believe what you do?
“Everything I’ve ever done, in the writing world, has been to expand articulation, rather than to close it.” Toni Morrison
For extra practice, complete the assignments in your textbook. You might not get a grade but you’ll get a better understanding of the material.
For realsies, completely non-required work will really help you, especially if you struggle with the material.
Whatever you struggle with, pay attention to what you read. Look at how other authors handle that issue. You can get a feel for ways you can approach it.
“Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person’s mind.” Rebecca West
Transitions can be difficult to master. Think of them as signposts, pointing your audience to what is coming next.
Transitions help the audience make sense of what you are writing.
Ask for help when you need it, but first ask yourself: What have I done to answer this question/solve this problem? Have I read the syllabus/book? Tried Google?
You don’t have to know everything. But knowing where to look for answers is a valuable skill.