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How To Do Well On Your Next Paper

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A presentation for students to help them address common writing issues.

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How To Do Well On Your Next Paper

  1. 1. TOP TEN WAYS TO DO WELL ON YOUR NEXT PAPER
  2. 2. 10: READ AND FOLLOW THE ASSIGNMENT
  3. 3. 9: MAKE A POINT: ORGANIZE YOUR PAPER AROUND A CLEAR THESIS
  4. 4. 8: USE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES
  5. 5. 7: DON’T EXPECT TO GET IT PERFECT THE FIRST TIME: GOOD WRITERS REVISE
  6. 6. 6: USE THE RUBRIC AS A GUIDE
  7. 7. 5: USE A TONE SUITABLE FOR AN ACADEMIC PAPER
  8. 8. SUITABLE ACADEMIC TONE <ul><li>Leadership studies is a social science discipline. Write in a tone appropriate to the discipline and the assignment. </li></ul><ul><li>APA requires that you avoid slang, clichés, and overly poetic language: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When all is said and done, leaders are the bread and butter of their organizations. Nothing is more important than a leader who can be steady as a rock and hold the fort in troubling economic times. God willing, I pray that I will be able to fulfill my destiny and lead my team through these trials and tribulations. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. SUITABLE ACADEMIC TONE <ul><li>One possible revision: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders need to set a good example for their organizations. Nothing is more important than strong leadership in troubling economic times. Leaders who can stay focused through the current downturn will be ready when market conditions improve. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 4: BE CONCISE, CLEAR, AND PRECISE
  11. 11. BE CONCISE <ul><li>Phrase things positively: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good writers do not refrain from revising their papers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good writers revise their papers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use the active voice whenever possible: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passive: Problems should not be avoided. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Active: Good leaders deal with problems directly. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid unnecessary wordiness: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being that leaders don’t always make their expectations clear, it is understandable that employees do not meet them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders often fail to make their expectations clear, which makes it harder for employees to meet them. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. BE CLEAR <ul><li>Use topic sentences to help readers get the point of each paragraph. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid an overuse of rhetorical questions. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why is good leadership so rare? Where will the leaders of the future come from? Are schools doing enough? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good leadership is hard to find. Colleges may need to make changes to their curriculums to help train the leaders of the future. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good writers revise their papers. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build your sentences around a clear subject and an active verb whenever possible: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The mentoring of others is an important characteristic of good leaders. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good leaders look for opportunities to mentor others. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. BE PRECISE <ul><li>Be precise with numbers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A few years ago, I was offered a position to supervise a unit with numerous employees. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2009, I was offered a position supervising a human resources unit of 27 employees. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be precise with words. Synonyms don’t always mean the same thing: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I covet the generation of a more obliging employment milieu. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to create a more supportive work environment. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. 3: BE CAREFUL WITH MICROSOFT WORD FEATURES
  15. 15. 2: USE SCHOLARLY SOURCES AND CREDIT THEM APPROPRIATELY
  16. 16. 1: REMEMBER: YOUR APA HANDBOOK IS YOUR BEST FRIEND

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