Writing Tips of the Week or “The Blind
Leading the Blind”
Here is what to expect when I grade the papers.
- The shorter the paper the better but hit all the points. Put some
meat in the report from the readings/class materials.
- You cannot learn everything you need to know from class.
It also takes your research. You should have several citations
of well researched material in your paper. Do not copy...use
your own words and apply it to your subject.
- Send the paper to me by email email@example.com
- The papers are due by midnight the day of class. I subtract 10
points a week for late papers (for the last paper 10 points a day).
- Name the file something like this "TNU 4430 HW Assignment Your Name," (i.e., TNU 4430 HW1
Stevens) so I can track them (-10 points for wrong file name)
- Provide a Cover letter (-10 Point for no cover letter)
- You may use graphs and pictures to make your points (no more than 50% of
- Do not use Passive Voice (-10 point for excessive passive voice)
- Do not use 1st Person in the report (just the cover letter).
- -10 point for any misspelling or major grammatical error.
Here’s a tip…In MS Word go to “Tools” in the menu bar.
Then select “options” and find the spelling and grammar tab.
Look at all of the style and grammar checks and select the most formal
options. This will help you check
your papers. You may have to reset
your spell checker to find all of the suggestions (the second time you check
your paper). When I grade I use the software to check what it will and
then I read the document. If you do the same. You will find mistakes
before I do and get a better grade.
- Use a semicolon between two main clauses not joined by a coordination
conjunction (and, but, or…).
- Use a semicolon between main clauses related by however, for example, and
- Use semicolons between main clauses or series items containing commas.
- “The Punctuation goes inside the quotation marks.”
- If you can cut a word out without making the sentence harder to read, do
- Watch the Clichés and Jargon.
- Use two spaces between sentences. Some people prefer to put one space
between sentences. It is OK to do so.
- Make the document look good too.
- Don’t Do not use shorten hyphenated words.
- Avoid first person in the report…use it in the cover letter only.
Try to read this.
I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg The
phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde
Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny
iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The
rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is
bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a
wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.
From an email.