How To Give Good Feedback

For grad students and those interested in teaching, here are some tips for giving inspiring feedback on student writing.

1) Don’t correct every mistake you see. 

2) Use a rubric to grade student writing on only one criteria at a time. 

3) Make editing a collaborative process instead of a teacher directed one. 

4) Write on sticky notes instead of directly on students’ papers. 

5) Give feedback orally in writing conferences. 

6) Have students use Google Drive for writing. 

7) Create a document of frequently used comments for students’ writing and copy/paste from it. 

8) Type your feedback comments instead of handwriting them. 

9) Focus on the quality of work over quantity of work. 

10) Have students self-assess. 

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Tips For Writing Compare And Contrast Essays

Writing Compare and/or Contrast essays sounds pretty easy right? At least, for me it does. Comparing/contrasting seems to be my default setting for essay writing. I feel like it is easier than being argumentative, but perhaps I just don’t like confrontation. Anyway, writing a good Compare/Contrast essay is more difficult than you would expect. In preparation for upcoming finals, you should check out this article. It gives clear tips on how to organize your outline, gives you prompts for inspiration, and examples on how to compose the rest of your next Compare and Contrast essay.

Personally, I think developing a good thesis is one of the hardest parts of writing. You need a statement general enough to be able dig up enough information about but specific enough to have narrowed examples. However, this article gives a clear explanation and advice on how to write a thesis for a Compare/Contrast essay. “It is important that you go beyond the obvious to compare and contrast; your essay should be enlightening and effective, not merely a summary or description of items”. Also, “remember that in a Compare/Contrast paper, you showing the major similarities and/or differences between subjects. Your thesis statement must clearly state whether you will be comparing, contrasting, or both.”

Another great tip from this article is in relation to knowing the ultimate goal of Compare/Contrast writing. “To examine two or more subjects and the similarities and/or differences between them. The task of this type of essay is to clarify something unknown by analyzing it next to something with which the reader is familiar.”

With the knowledge you gain from this article, you are sure to ace whatever Compare/Contrast essay exam question that comes your way.

Useful Microsoft Word Tips

As a professional writer, I use Microsoft Word nearly every single day. However, I only use it for writing documents and not much more. Write A Writing has 10 quick and easy tips for doing nifty things on Microsoft Word that can lead to document design or other cool things you didn’t even know you could do with Microsoft. These tips include:

1) How to make comments

2) Write anywhere on the page

3) Customize paste option

4) Protect the document

5) Place image anywhere on document

6) Show and hide ribbon

7) Easy navigation with bookmarks

8) Insert custom bullets

9) Change case of the text

10) Rearrange lists

Writing Techniques to Up Productivity


I know that I have days where I will just get just about nothing done and it is so aggravating! I’ll have the time allotted to get a project done, I’ll have my coffee ready; I just can’t seem to get anything written!

If you can relate to this phenomenon, there is hope for people like us. In this article from Business 2 Community, they list five tips and tricks to help writers stay productive such as making a solid outline of what you’re trying to write to giving your mind the chance to wander. Definitely check it out! It’s helped me!