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First-Year Skills: Preparing for your Assignments

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Good writing is something that develops over time and requires time. Try to complete research and writing assignments as early as possible. Most students at one point or another experience either an"all nighter" or where they are trying to complete a paper literally last minute. Ideally, however, you want to give yourself enough opportunity to review your paper several times not only for spelling and grammatical errors but also for organization and coherence. Pretend the readers of your papers are outsiders who know nothing about your class and the assignment. This is because anyone and everyone (besides your professor and classmates) should be able to pick up your paper and understand it without needing any background information. As mentioned previously, this is something that does take practice before improvement is seen. Try not to feel discouraged if after your first few papers you are not seeing the results you want. Also, remember you can speak with your professors about their expectations and that there are writing tutors available at the Learning Center.

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