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Joli Jensen on Practical Advice for Getting Your Writing Done: Excerpts from an Interview

Jun 25, 2017 Amy Benson Brown

Embracing your writing requires a low-stakes, high-reward approach that entails making your project "write-sized" and doable.

V. Bringing Your Authentic Self to the Classroom and to the Page

Nov 08, 2016 Kathryn Kleypas

To succeed in your graduate program, push yourself to participate in class discussions and to develop your own ideas in your writing.

IV. Advancing Your International Perspective in Your Research

Nov 01, 2016 Kathryn Kleypas

Shift your focus from feelings of inadequacy as a nonnative speaker to realizing the advantages of brining an international perspective to your field of research.

III.  Finding Your Own Voice as a Writer

Oct 25, 2016 Kathryn Kleypas

To overcome the fear of writing that many international students experience, allow yourself to write freely and only later polish up your prose.

II. Battling Isolation and Creating Your Own Intellectual Community

Oct 18, 2016 Kathryn Kleypas

To overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness experienced by international students, develop strategies to actively engage in collaborative learning environments.

I. Making a Success of Your U.S. Graduate School Experience

Oct 11, 2016 Kathryn Kleypas

To become a part of your campus community, learn how to overcome the challenges faced by international students studying at U.S. institutions.

X. Systematic Reviews of the Literature

Jun 28, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

What is a systematic review of the literature and how do you design and conduct one?

IX. Manuscripts for Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research

Jun 21, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

A qualitative study includes a briefer literature review and longer Methods and Findings sections. A mixed-methods study needs several subsections for both Methods and Findings.

VIII. Handle Feedback, Revise and Resubmit Like a Pro

Jun 14, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

Learn how to prepare for feedback and how to revise and resubmit your journal article.

VII. Craft Your Discussion Section

Jun 07, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

The Discussion section includes interpretations, comparisions, conclusion, implications for practice or policy, and directions for future research.

VI. Present Your Results or Findings

May 31, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

Begin the results section with single variable descriptions of the sample and study variables, followed by bivariate analyses, and finally multivariate analyses.

V. Write Your Methods Section and Subsections

May 24, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

The methods section includes sample considerations and recruitment strategies, description of measures, data collection and analysis procedures.

IV. Write Your Literature Review

May 17, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

Systematically review literature on the scope of the problem and prior research as well as findings related to the problem.

III. Identify the Journal(s) to Target for Your Submission

May 10, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

Learn how to narrow your search and find a journal to target for your article submission.

II. Determine Your Focus for a Journal Manuscript

May 03, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

The typical journal article submission is 20 to 25 pages and focuses on one or two primary research questions that can be addressed with your data.

I. Publishing an Article in a Social Science Journal: Introduction

Apr 26, 2016 Kathryn Betts Adams

This blog series takes you through the steps involved in planning, writing, submitting, and revising your manuscript for peer-reviewed journals in the social sciences.

VI. Work the Transitions

Mar 15, 2016 Amy Benson Brown

Arguments live or die by how well they use substantive transitions.

V. Use Simple Syntax

Mar 08, 2016 Amy Benson Brown

Embrace simple syntax, particularly at key junctures in your argument.

IV. Write for Readers

Mar 01, 2016 Amy Benson Brown

Consider your audience's needs during the writing and revision process.

III. Own Your Ideas

Feb 23, 2016 Amy Benson Brown

Owning your ideas means claiming your contribution.

II. Frontload Your Argument

Feb 16, 2016 Amy Benson Brown

“Frontloading” is a writing strategy that highlights what’s original in your work, what you are contributing to the understanding of your topic.

I. Five Strategies for Stellar Academic Writing

Feb 09, 2016 Amy Benson Brown

In this series you will learn strategies to frontload your argument, own your ideas, write for readers, use simple syntax, and work the transitions.

VII. How to Get Better Writing Feedback and Make Better Use of It

Apr 30, 2015 Amy Benson Brown

Would you like to get better feedback on your writing?

VI. How to Honestly Assess Your Writing

Apr 23, 2015 Amy Benson Brown

Take these quizzes to help you spot your strengths and weaknesses as a writer.

V. The Importance of Recognizing Your Strengths As a Writer

Apr 16, 2015 Amy Benson Brown

Why is it so difficult to see your own strengths as a writer?

IV. Bad Feelings About Writing Don’t Mean You’re a Bad Writer

Apr 09, 2015 Amy Benson Brown

Why do highly intelligent people feel so stupid when they experience temporary inarticulateness?

III. How Academic Writers Regain Confidence

Apr 02, 2015 Amy Benson Brown

Learn how academic writers can employ theories of self-efficacy and self-perception to regain confidence in their abilities.

II. How Academic Writers Lose Confidence

Mar 26, 2015 Amy Benson Brown

How does the academic culture create doubts about your writing ability?

I. Have You Lost Confidence in Your Writing?

Mar 19, 2015 Amy Benson Brown

A crisis in writing confidence is simmering in academia today. How confident are you in your writing ability?

6 Tips for Selecting the Right Textbook Publisher

Mar 11, 2015 Text and Academic Authors Association

How do you select a publisher for your textbook? Here are some tips from the Text and Academic Authors Association.

X. Using APA Style in Academic Writing: Avoiding Biased Language

Feb 26, 2015 Jeff Hume-Pratuch

How can you avoid bias when writing about issues of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability or age?

IX. Using APA Style in Academic Writing: Verb Tense, Voice, and Mood

Feb 19, 2015 Jeff Hume-Pratuch

Writers often wonder when to use past or present tense and when to use active or passive voice.

VIII. Using APA Style in Academic Writing: Clear Attribution of Action

Feb 12, 2015 Jeff Hume-Pratuch

Writers are often instructed to avoid the first person but this can lead to confusion about who is doing what.

VII. Using APA Style in Academic Writing: Precision and Clarity

Feb 05, 2015 Jeff Hume-Pratuch

Choose your words wisely so that they do not come between your idea and the audience.

VI. Using APA Style in Academic Writing: Et Al.

Jan 19, 2015 Jeff Hume-Pratuch

The use of et al. in APA style often confuses authors.

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