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Re: Im not doing so good on my english papers.

Posted by seldomseen on October 16, 2007, at 6:36:53

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

It's okay, a LOT of people have trouble writing, but there is good news. Writing is skill that can be learned.

One book I would highly recommend is "Writing from the reader's perspective" by George Gopen. It truly helped me.

Also, and I can't emphasize this enough, if you want to improve your writing, you must read. Read stuff that interests you, read stuff outside of your interests, read the newspaper. Just read.

Go to your professor, to a writing center, to a tutor, to someone and ask for copies of good papers. Then, ask for someone to point out the thesis sentence, the main points, the conclusion etc... and FOLLOW THEIR STRUCTURE. You don't have to recreate the wheel here, just locate something that is good and use it to help you.

Learning to write takes time, practice and a willingness to tolerate being temporarily bad at something while you allow yourself to learn.

Remember, if you already knew how to do everything, you wouldn't be in school ;)





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