Backwards design challenges us to design with the product or goal in mind, working backwards until we identify the first step to take. Education professionals, including instructors, use backwards design to help you learn. You can use the same ideas to support your work on long-term writing projects! Read on for how to use this method to improve your assignments.
What many students think of as revising is more appropriately called editing (or even proofreading): making minor changes, typically focused on surface details like correcting errors in formatting, grammar, mechanics, and citation styles. Editing is a vital step to presenting a finished product in any field, especially when you want to appear polished, prepared, and diligent. We love editing!
Instructors often ask students to create a bibliography that reflects their deep understanding of sources in addition to course content and skills. But what makes a good bibliography? How can you build and use stronger bibliographies for your assignments?
The first place to check for what makes a good bibliography for a given assignment is your assignment instructions. Note the following information and keep it in mind as you develop your work and finalize your bibliography:
The issue I see most often in student writing is the use of a pronoun which does not refer to one specific noun.
To review, a pronoun is a word used to take the place of a noun and should refer to one unmistakable noun preceding it. This noun is called the pronoun’s antecedent. Unfortunately, it is very easy to create a sentence that uses a pronoun without a clear antecedent.
Take a look at this example:
“After putting the disk in the cabinet, Mabel sold it.”
Many students struggle to provide effective feedback to each other, resulting in wasted effort, confusion, and more. Read on for tips on how to be a great peer reviewer and turn a stressful task into a worthwhile one.
As the writing specialist for Johnson & Wales University’s College of Online Education, it is my job to help students to improve their writing skills. Today, I bring you a common grammatical quandary—what to do with a singular indefinite pronoun.
Let’s review. A pronoun is a word that can function by itself as a noun phrase (e.g. I, you, he, they, it). An indefinite pronoun is a pronoun that does not refer to any person, amount, or thing in particular.
It’s common for JWU students to have spent time in the workforce, raising families, and/or traveling before becoming a Wildcat. While there are huge benefits to this life experience, one big drawback is that many of them don’t spend their time practicing academic writing. Since it’s such a foundational skill for any course at JWU, let’s review some ways you can re-familiarize yourself with academic writing as you get back into the swing of classwork.
In an online class, the discussion forum is the main way students and professors interact with the course’s ideas and lessons. But how do you do this successfully—and earn top marks for your thoughts?
What is a Discussion Post?
In an online class, discussion posts are the main way students and professors interact with the course’s ideas and lessons. The best discussion posts demonstrate an understanding of the course material and present a cohesive argument with evidence to back it up.
Since the rise of standardized tests in the 1990s, many students have been taught how to write in conditions that radically differ from those of higher education. Reading texts curated by a testing company, often disconnected from subject matter, and planning and writing a short essay in an hour or so is nothing like higher education writing. This challenges students to re-learn good writing habits.
One of my roles as the College of Online Education’s Student Writing Support Specialist is to help students understand what academic writing means, and how they can accomplish it.
Academic writing is an essential skill and one that involves clarity and power of expression. Writing specific and detail-oriented text, incorporating relevant sources, and maintaining a clear sense of audience, purpose, and genre are key elements to writing at a higher level.
I know this sounds a bit complicated, so let’s break it down! Here are eight things to keep in mind when writing: