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Title: Writing Papers: Strategies for Success


1
Writing Papers Strategies for Success
  • Ms. Kathleen Mollick
  • Department of English and Languages

2
Answer the Following Questions
  • How much time goes by between when you are
    assigned a paper to write and when you begin
    working on it?
  • Do you know what the requirements of the paper
    are before you begin working on it?
  • When you are required to include research in your
    paper, where do you go to get it, and when do you
    go to get it?
  • Do you write your paper the night before its
    due?

3
Other Questions to Ask
  • What parts of writing a paper go well for you?
    What parts seem relatively easy? What parts do
    you enjoy working on?
  • What parts of writing a paper seem more
    difficult? What parts slow you down?

4
There Isnt One Correct Way to Write a Paper
  • Are you sure???
  • Yes!

5
General Steps for Writing (and They Can Occur in
Various Order)
  • Knowing what the purpose of the paper is and what
    its requirements are
  • Doing research (engaging in library or field
    research)
  • Writing (a thesis, an outline, parts of a rough
    draft)
  • Revising

6
Time Management
  • Reading, understanding, and writing take time
  • Try to schedule when youll be researching and
    writing as much as possible
  • Give yourself extra time in case you run into
    difficulties

7
Visit the Writing Center
  • The Writing Center can give you feedback on your
    paper
  • Bring any information about the assignment with
    you to your tutorial session this provides a
    guide for the tutors

8
The University Writing Center
  • Tutors look at the whole paper, not just grammar
    and punctuation
  • Youll talk with the tutor about your paper
    tutor will not tell you what to do directly and
    youll make the changes
  • Making an appointment guarantees youll see a
    tutor (some times are busier than others)

9
The University Writing Center
  • Located in the Humanities building, room 210
  • Open 9am-4pm M-Th 9am-12pm F
  • Phone number (254) 968-9327
  • Web site
  • http//www.tarleton.edu/writingcenter.

10
Visit With Your Professor
  • If your professor comments on your papers, read
    what he/she says
  • Look for patterns in comments
  • If you dont understand the comments, talk to
    your professor

11
Final Thoughts
  • If you dont understand the assignment, ask your
    professor
  • Begin working on it as soon as possible, and as
    steadily as possible
  • The University Writing Center can provide you
    with assistance in reading through your rough
    draft and citing your sources
  • Writing takes time
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