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Improving your thesis statement

Published January 27, 2021 by Hermine Chan
Soccer is the most entertaining sport in the world...but is it?

It’s that time of the semester when essays are assigned! They say the most important sentence in your essay is your thesis statement. But how do you write a good thesis statement?  

SLC Undergraduate Writing Contest spotlights undergraduate writing excellence

Published December 1, 2020 by Julia Lane
Austyn won first place in the 2019 writing contest, Lower Division. See what they have to say about the experience!

The Student Learning Commons is announcing our 4th annual undergraduate writing contest. 

Read on to hear from last year's Lower Division contest winner (and current SLC Writing and Learning Peer, Austyn). 

You can read past winning papers and find more contest details here

Grammar Camp: Ending a sentence in a preposition

Published November 24, 2020 by Hermine Chan
To grammar or not to grammar? That's the question.

Ending a sentence in a preposition is something up with which I will not put! Let’s talk about that infamous Latin grammar rule and scenarios where you won’t be able to not end a sentence in a preposition (yikes, a double-negative too)!  

In the time of Zoom: internationally-based students  

Published November 12, 2020 by Hermine Chan
Students are spending more time than ever online

The pandemic has changed the way we live and learn, and some internationally-based students are feeling more pressure than ever as they deal with time zone differences and expectations.  Some of our EAL peers share their experience working with, or themselves being, internationally based students. 

Lost In Translation: Gaa jau, everyone!

Published October 23, 2020 by Hermine Chan
Night in Hong Kong

In these Lost in Translation posts you can expect to read about common words and phrases that result in interesting (and sometimes funny) translations when we try to explain them in English. 

Contributions to this series come from across the SLC and we also welcome submissions from the wider university community. 

Our third post features Cantonese, one of the most difficult languages to learn for non-native speakers, but it is one of the dialects that sounds the closest to ancient Chinese. 

Different ways of approaching the academic essay

Published September 30, 2020 by Hermine Chan
Writing an essay? There are different ways of approaching it

Many students don’t find the academic English essay structure natural — it can seem repetitive, direct, and rigid. It’s important to recognize that the English essay structure is just one mode of thinking!   

Celebrate your academic integrity this week

Published September 28, 2020 by Julia Lane
SFU students explain what academic integrity means to them during the 2019 academic integrity week (back before physical distancing rules!)

SFU's Academic Integrity week is September 28 - October 2, 2020.

We know that this year is unlike any we've had before. You are learning from your own home, in front of a computer. In this context, academic integrity can be even more challenging than usual. It is also even more important. 

Participate in academic integrity week to learn more about how to complete your work with integrity, and to celebrate the ways you already approach your learning and your work with honesty and integrity. 

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