- Are You Ready for College Level English Class?
- Building The Right Environment For Study
- Causes of study stress and how to overcome them
- General study tips for new or returning students
- How To Deal With Study Stress
- How To Deliver A Speech To A Class
- How To Overcome Study Block
- How To Study In A Group
- How To Take Notes In Class
- How to Focus When Studying and Be Completely Prepared for Your Exam
- How to Study for an Exam, Without Cramming
- How to Work Together as a Group To Deliver a Group Presentation (General Tips)
- How to avoid study procrastination
- How to stay healthy for studying
- How to use the Internet to study
- Memory Tips For Studying
- Note Taking and Revision Tips
- Study Tips: Audiobooks and studying on public transport
- Three Essay Writing Tips And The Difference between Spoken English and Written English
- Common Themes in Literature
- Best Places To Study For An Exam
- Getting the Most Out of Your Studying Time
- How To Deliver A “High Distinction” Presentation
- Studying for a Science Exam
- Proper Ways to Take Notes When Reading
Essay Marginal Notations
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Checklist of Marginal Notations on Your Graded Work
Content (will read “C-2,” “C-5,” etc.)
- This is plot summary. You need to analyze, not summarize.
- You need more examples from the text to support this point.
- Do not state the obvious. Look for a fresh perspective.
- The logic here is not convincing; it shows a “logic leap.” You need to explain more clearly to your reader how you arrived at this conclusion.
- The literary work contradicts this conclusion. Please re-read the text.
- You must explain this conclusion in greater detail; you’ve just scratched the surface.
Organization (will read “O-4,” “O-7,” etc.)
- Your paper must have a title slanted toward your thesis.
- You need a thesis statement that presents a clear and strong opinion, claim or argument that can be debated.
- Your topic sentences should clearly relate to your stated thesis.
- Your body paragraphs are not organized in the same order that you promised them in your thesis.
- Body paragraph information should prove or explain the topic sentence.
- Your introductory paragraph should mention the title and author of the work you are discussing.
- Work your quotation into the text more smoothly.
- Do not use isolated or “orphan” quotations; every sentence should include some of your own writing.
- List the source or page number for this quotation.
- Use better transition here.
Style (will read “S-1,” or “S-4,” etc.)
- Your point here is unclear.
- This section has awkward wording. Reword it.
- This section is wordy. Be clear and concise.
- You need to combine these sentences to achieve a more sophisticated style.
- Avoid clichés.
- Avoid overuse of “be” verbs (state-of-being) verbs and helpers. Use vivid action verbs in their most active voice.
- Incorrect word choice.
Mechanics (will read “M-8,” etc.)
- Avoid sentence fragments.
- Avoid comma splices.
- Avoid run-on or fused sentences.
- Make sure subjects and verbs agree.
- Pronouns and their antecedents should agree.
- Pronoun reference is unclear.
- Correct spelling.
- Maintain verb tense consistency. Write in one verb tense unless a verb tense shift is necessary for clarity.
- Avoid use of second person (you, your).
- Use parallelism here.
- Use a comma after a long introductory phrase (5 words or longer).
- Use a comma after an introductory dependent clause.
- Use an apostrophe to show possession. Make sure not to confuse plurals and possessives.
- Use an apostrophe in all contractions. However, do not use contractions in formal academic writing.
- Capitalize important words in titles.
- Enclose titles of poems and short stories in quotation marks (rule for any literary work that is published as part of a larger literary work).
- Underline or italicize the titles of books, plays, and long poems (any work that will be published as a sole entity).
- Do not underline the title of your essay or enclose it in quotation marks.
- Avoid repetition.
- Use commas with items in a series.