A STUDENT'S GUIDE TO WRITING ESSAYS
The Write Advice
UWF WRITING LAB
A B C's of Writing
A Allow plenty of time for revision.
B Be firm in your convictions! Take
a stand, and stick to
C Care about your topic.
D Designate time for editing and revision.
E Examine every element for accuracy and clarity.
F Find credible sources. Though a
site might not
G Grade your paper from your
H Have the writing assignment
nearby, and follow it
I Identify your thesis and topic
sentences. Arrange them
J "Jiggy wid it": avoid
slang expressions like this in a
K Keep a dictionary with you when you write.
L Let your passions guide you when
selecting a paper
M Make a paper reading appointment.
N Never write comma splices or run-on sentences.
O Omit the obvious.
P Punctuate correctly.
Q Quit using non-words such as alot,
alright, its', their's,
R Read your paper, but don't focus
on counting the
S Seek advice if you are unsure of
the grammar, the
T Take time to read your paper before you turn it in.
U Underline the titles of novels,
books, movies, and
V Vary your sentence construction to avoid repetition.
W When in doubt, call the Grammar Hotline.
X Xerox your paper so that you
and your instructor will
Y "Yell" your informed
opinion by stating it
Z Zealously brainstorm as many
ideas as you can before
Just Get to It: Advice on
We all approach the writing process differently, and what works for one certainly doesn't work for another. Some, for instance, love the pressure of deadlines, while others feel the pressure is overwhelming at times. It is my belief that student writers should get started as early as possible. Starting early gives students a chance to devote plenty of time to the revision process - proofreading, rewriting, visiting the Writing Lab, having draft conferences with instructors, and so on. Perhaps most importantly, writers who start early enough avoid the stress and anxiety of the deadline, and we all know that students have enough stress and anxiety as it is. So don't make things harder than they should be; just get to it. We all have less time than we like to think.
Ever open your dorm refrigerator and find only an outdated Taco Bell sauce packet and a stale piece of cheese? Ever wonder what happens when athletes are permitted to skip classes and assignments in high school? These situations are some that UWF's students have written about in their essays. (continued on next page)
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