Author: Kerrin Smith

When Will My Reflection Show What My Professor Wants to See? How to Write the Reflective Essay

I’m not usually someone who makes Disney references, but when I was coming up with this blog post, I couldn’t help but give in to nostalgia. Reflection—thinking about ourselves and our actions—is an important tool in our personal, professional, and

Discourse Communities and The Matrix

The topic of discourse communities brings students to the Writing Center every semester. Many have trouble identifying them. And if they can identify them, they have trouble writing about them. The reason, I believe, is not that discourse communities are

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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You’re Always on Your Phone: Information Literacy and Electronic Genres

I’m tired of hearing of people wholesale condemn technology for ruining people’s minds. Maybe you’ve heard such a sentiment from a parent. Maybe it’s coming from a friend who has decided not to use Facebook (and is perhaps a little

Making Your Way: Tips for Starting a Writing Project

We’ve all been here. We’re assigned a paper. We generally understand what we’re supposed to write about. But how do we write about it? What importance or substance can we add to the conversation? Why are we doing this in

“I Am Writing a Blog Post:” A Rhetorical Analysis Demonstration

I am writing a blog post. I am writing a blog post about rhetorical analysis. I am writing a blog post about rhetorical analysis for WRIT 101 students. I am writing a blog post about rhetorical analysis for WRIT 101

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