Senior, Consultant since Fall 2013
Advice for writers
Check the requirements. Easy points are often lost when students forget content, organizational or formatting requirements. Also, be yourself and remove the filter. Some of the most provocative writing comes from people who write directly and clearly on their opinions and observations – no matter how controversial.
How do you get started on a writing assignment?
When beginning a writing assignment, I find it useful to choose a thesis that I have a stake in. Writing comes from the perspective of the author. Readers get the opportunity to “try on” the author’s perspective, so make sure your writing comes from within. If you begin a paper that means little to you, try to make the topic relate to your life in some way. It will help you to communicate more effectively and to learn something about yourself from your writing!