WRITING TIP WEDNESDAY: RESTRICTIVE VS. NON-RESTRICTIVE INFO

Dear Master’s student,

Here in southern California, spring has definitely sprung!  To celebrate the return of warm, beautiful weather, we’ll discuss a topic that I don’t consider crucial to strong writing, but one about which I still get plenty of questions: that, which, and commas.

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WEDNESDAY WRITING TIP: WHO OR WHOM?

Dear Master’s student,

To students whom who are preparing (mentally and physically) for the Thanksgiving recess, here’s some cool knowledge to impress your family and friends as you gather around the turkey (or tofurkey): when to use “who” and when to use “whom.”

As much as I love a good arcane grammar explanation, I’ll spare our Master’s students that singular joy.*  Instead, get ready for a handy trick that will revolutionize your grammatical world.nikias-barkley Continue reading

Wednesday Writing Tip: “Clutter” (Part 1)

Dear Master’s student,

I’m sure you’ve never encountered a rambling faculty member among your Master’s Programs instructors.  But you may know that such people do exist (from acquaintances in other graduate schools, or even from your own undergrad experience).  And you’ve probably heard that students usually find this type of professor tedious or even “boring.”

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Writing Tip Wednesday: “Clutter” Part (1)

Dear Trojans,

I’m sure you’ve never encountered a rambling faculty member among your Trojan instructors.  But you may know that such people do exist (from acquaintances in other graduate schools, or even from your own undergrad experience).  And you’ve probably heard that students usually find this type of professor tedious or even “boring.” Continue reading