Month: November 2018

Myths About the Thesis Statement

Thesis statements are given a lot of attention in academic writing. We’re often told by our professors that they should be “strong” and “clear.” We need to “argue” for and “support” our thesis statements. They get all the spotlight in

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Knowledge Transfer in the Writing Center

In the movie The Karate Kid, karate master Mr. Miyagi shows Daniel how to wax cars by making circular motions with each hand: “Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out

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Active and Passive Voice Explained

All too often, I work with students whose professors tell them, “Don’t use passive voice!”  During these particular consultations, I soon discover that most students have no idea how to distinguish between active and passive voice.  As a result, they

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