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Style for Students: A Writing Guide

Style for Students: A Writing Guide

Suppose you have never believed that you are a good writer, and you seriously doubt that you can improve your style. Or suppose you have a draft ready but you just don’t find it highly readable or interesting, and you know you must make it clearer and livelier somehow. Or suppose you are tempted to fall back on the idea that grades given to papers are purely subjective, having little foundation in anything but your picky old professor’s pet peeves. If you find yourself huddling anywhere beneath this umbrella, then this chapter is for you. Many student writers oversimplify the issue of style, defining it by the yardstick of whether their professor “likes” the way something is written. But let’s be honest here: a good paper grader’s subjectivity is guided by professional experience and... Show More
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