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One word: OUTLINE! your#1fan

Posted by Racer on October 6, 2007, at 20:52:47

In reply to Im not doing so good on my english papers., posted by your#1fan on October 4, 2007, at 0:23:21

Outlines are a marvelous tool. They allow you to plan the layout of your papers, ensure that you've included all of your points, organize your thinking as well as your material, and a well written outline can cut the time it takes to write the paper down to a very minimum. It's well worth taking the time to write a solid outline for any paper that matters to you -- including those that matter solely because you will be graded on them.

From reading your posts here, I wonder if you might also benefit from proofreading a bit more, also. Many times your posts seem to be missing words -- it sounds as if you've gotten ahead of yourself and not noticed that you have left off some words that might help make your meaning more clear. We don't grade you here, but if you do the same thing on papers you turn in, your instructor certain will grade you.

Composition classes are hard for many people, even for some people who already know that we write well. (I've had a paper published after peer review, so I figure I can get a point across in writing -- and yet, I am still intimidated every time I have to write something for a class...) Taking the time to plan out what you plan to say, and taking the time to go over the written paper to make sure you've said everything you started out to say, are both exercises which go a long way towards improving the resulting paper. And usually the grade which goes along with it.

I don't know if this would help or not, but you could practice some of that in your posts here at Babble, and see if that helps it become more of a habit, which would certainly make writing papers for school easier for you.

I hope that helps.




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