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Improving Writing

Improving Writing

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Published by: Dinesh Kumar on Jul 28, 2012
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Learning Commons Fastfacts Series©2004
 You should consider each essay you write not as a fnalproduct in itsel, but as a step toward developing the writing skills you will need beore and ater university.
Use the ollowing checklist or each assignment as a guideto improving your own writing ability.Clariy the details o your assignment with the proes-sor i there’s anything you’re not sure about.Tink o writing as a process, and get started on anassignment early in the semester. Make a realistic timeschedule or accomplishing the three steps o plan-ning, writing, and revising.Do some brainstorming about your topic as part o the planning process – remember that spending timeplanning your paper will save you time and agony in writing it.Get eedback rom the proessor early in the semesterabout your choice o topic and proposed method o dealing with that topic.ry to write the rst drat in one sitting, without ago-nizing over and editing every sentence. Te rst dratis your opportunity to get your ideas on paper so thatyou can see how they are shaping up. Do not worry about grammar and punctuation while you create– leave that or the revising stage.Remember to put aside your rst drat or at least a ull day ater writing it beore you begin revising. Telonger you can leave it beore revising, the more objec-tive you can be about it and the more eective you will be at detecting problems.Put some time, eort and thought into the revising process. Remember that ‘revising’ does not just mean‘recopying.’ It means ‘re-seeing,’ or re-envisaging whatyou are saying. Even proessional writers do severaldrats o any piece o writing.Prooread your nal drat careully beore submitting,even i it was typed by a proessional. Most proessors would preer to see you correct a typo with a pen thanto assume you were careless enough not to catch it. When your paper is evaluated and returned, read thecomments thoroughly. Ask the marker to explain what he or she meant by a particular note i you don’tunderstand.ry to pick out one or two consistent errors on eachpaper, and aim to improve or correct them on yournext paper (see theFastacts series on writing skills.)I you can recognize and eliminate even one type o problem each time, you are on your way to becoming a more eective writer.Please note that this material is protected by copyright.For permission to reproduce this document in any orm,contact Writing Services, Te Learning Commons,University o Guelph. Tis document has links which areactive when the handout is viewed on our Website: www.learningcommons.uoguelph.ca/ByFormat/OnlineResourc-es/Fastacts/index.html
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 Writing Services, located in the Learning Commons onthe 1st foor o the Library, is the best source on campusand online or advice and inormation on writing issues.Peer Helpers rom a variety o disciplines oer indi-vidual writing assistance to rst-year students and ESLstudents. And all University o Guelph students –undergraduate and graduate – are entitled to three reeindividual writing consultations per semester with ourproessional sta. Appointments are recommended. Walk-in help is available weekday aternoons at Writ-ing Central (1st Floor library) during Fall and WinterSemesters.Fastacts handouts (like this one) provide inormationon a range o learning, writing, and academic com-puting issues and are ree to registered students. Tecomplete range o Fastacts is available on theLearn-ing Commons Website.

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