Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. You stare at a blank screen or notebook, waiting… waiting… Or worse, you can’t even figure out what half of the assignment sheet is asking for. Scroll down for tips on interpreting assignments, brainstorming, and beating out procrastination.
Grammar, Style, & Usage
Here’s where we keep all the things you were never taught but are expected to know anyway.
If you want to write something, you need to learn something; and that usually involves research. Research not only helps you find information to test your assumptions and support your theses, but it also helps you find questions worth asking in the first place. The librarians are your gurus on the research process, but here are some resources to help you with questions about finding and citing the ideas and arguments you need.
Tips about maximizing the impact of your writing, as well as on becoming an efficient reader. Especially helpful if you are examining a text in your writing.
Please visit the SMCM Career Development Center for samples and guides for different types of career writing, such as compiling a resume, drafting a personal statement, or selecting a writing sample.