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Get the "You" Outta Here

Get the "You" Outta Here

Guide for spotting and removing second person from academic writing. Provides the reasons to avoid "you" in academic writing, strategies for spotting second person during the proofreading process, and ways to remove second person.


Short text explanations, 10-minute video, and a downloadable handout with practice exercises....

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Nicole Schmidt
Nicole Schmidt (Staff)
1 year ago
This is a very useful resource. It integrates video and web-based text, and also offers a downloadable PDF handout, which summarizes the content nicely and provides an opportunity for student to practice new techniques. The explanation behind the "you" convention is also very clear and provides important context to the students. I would (gently) suggest a more descriptive approach, explaining the variation on this rule from a genre perspective. Sometimes "you" is ok in academic writing, and sometimes it isn't. The skill comes with determining when to apply this convention.
Sarah Hicks
Sarah Hicks (Faculty)
3 years ago
I cannot stress enough how valuable this is! Getting students to drop this from their writing is difficult and helping them understand the importance can even more difficult. Walker does a superb job at explaining the whys and hows. Thank you for this source. I do have one small issue. In the section at the very bottom left side, there are first person plural pronouns included, which is a bit confusing.
Time spent reviewing site: 20 minutes