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Basic conclusion template: Transition from body. Review main points. Show how those points fit together. End with something to think about/call to action.

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Basic intro template: Hook. Background info. Why audience should care. Thesis statement.

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Every time you change topics, change paragraphs. College-level papers do not use the “5 paragraph essay” model, they use the “As many paragraphs as you need” model.

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Bonus Episode 6: Academic Integrity

Welcome to Writing Fresh. I’m Natasha. Academic integrity is an important part of college life. Your professors will ask you to cite outside sources to help maintain academic integrity. But what does this mean? At the most basic level, Academic Integrity … Continue reading

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Commonly Confused Words: Credible and Creditable

If your class is like mine, you spend some time discussing reliable, credible sources. Confusion between “credible” and “creditable” is common during those discussions. The words are similar, but have distinct meanings. Credible means believable, reliable. Creditable means “deserving credit … Continue reading

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My favorite advice from Strunk and White: Use fewer words.

Strunk and White first published The Element of Style in 1918, and the advice still holds up. You can easily buy a copy, or read it for free online.  For a clear, concise guide on how to write, well, clearly … Continue reading

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Form study groups with your classmates. You can review the reading together and edit each other’s work.

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Learning a foreign language can help you improve your English.

If you don’t have the time to actually study another language, learning common Latin and Greek roots can help improve your spelling and vocabulary.

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Basic Episode 5: Apostrophes

Welcome to Writing Fresh! I’m Natasha. I was going to save apostrophes for a bit later in the series, but I’ve been seeing a lot of apostrophe errors from my students. So! Let’s talk apostrophes. First, a little history. Apostrophes … Continue reading

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Basic ways to organize writing: Order of importance (most to least, least to most), chronological (first this, then that), spatial (describing how an object relates to others, such as moving from foot to ankle to shin to knee).

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