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Grammar Camp: Myths & Truths Part 2

Published October 23, 2018 by Julia Lane
Grammar myth or grammar fact, read on to find out!

By Dr. Amanda Goldrick-Jones, SLC Writing Services Coordinator 

In Part 2 of Myths and Truths, Amanda offers a definition of grammar that you may not have considered before. She then goes on to dispel three grammar myths and offer one grammar truth. 

If you missed Part 1, read it now. 

Grammar Camp: Myths & Truths Part 1

Published October 16, 2018 by Julia Lane
Sifting the grammar facts from the grammar myths

By Dr. Amanda Goldrick-Jones, SLC Writing Services Coordinator 

In Part 1 of Myths and Truths, Amanda explains that there are probably fewer grammar "rules" than many of us assume. Then, she takes apart four common myths about grammar. 

If you want a challenge, try taking the quiz before reading these posts. See how well you can distinguish grammar rules from grammar myths. 

Read Part 2 of Myths and Truths coming up in one week!

The Student Learning Commons: A client perspective

Published October 2, 2018 by Julia Lane
Ghezal and Mariam chatting in the SLC consultation space in the Bennett Library

This post features an interview between Mariam, a Learning and Writing Peer with the Student Learning Commons, and Ghezal, a student in Criminology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and an SLC client.

In this interview, Ghezal talks about her tips for busy students and shares her perspective on using the Student Learning Commons as an academic resource. 

 

Five ways to get the most out of office hours

Published September 18, 2018 by Julia Lane
Office Hours by Amanda Woodward: The Professor Is In!

By Dal Sohal, MA, SLC Learning Services Coordinator 

Attending a professor or TA’s office hours is probably one of the most underutilized success strategies at university. Many students are aware that office hours exist but don’t fully understand how visiting their professors and/or TAs during office hours can help to improve their academic results.

In this post, Dal explains how to get the most of office hours, and gives you five pro-tips to help you start off the fall 2018 term on the right foot!

Welcome to the Fall Semester! A few housekeeping reminders...

Published September 4, 2018 by Julia Lane
It's that time of year again... check out our friendly housekeeping items to get started on the right foot!

By Daniel Chang

PhD candidate and SLC Writing Consultant Daniel Chang welcomes you to the Fall 2018 semester and offers some important reminders for how to get the most out of this term.

Welcome to Grammar Camp!

Published August 28, 2018 by Julia Lane
Take a closer look at grammar with the In Common Blog series Grammar Camp

By Dr. Amanda Goldrick-Jones, SLC Writing Services Coordinator 

Are you a grammar geek? Do you want to become one? Do you just want to learn more about English grammar?

Welcome to Grammar Camp! Grammar myths will be busted, grammar truths will be shared, and grammar knowledge will be quizzed. 

 

The SLC Multilingual Students’ Story Hub: A place to share your stories

Published August 14, 2018 by Julia Lane
The SLC Multilingual Story Hub is a place to share your language learning stories

By Dr. Timothy Mossman, SLC EAL Services Coordinator 

In this post, Dr. Timothy Mossman introduces and invites submissions to the new Multilingual Students' Story Hub. The Story Hub is a forum for multilingual students to share their stories about events or critical incidents that occurred while learning or using English. 

What's in common about this blog?

Published August 7, 2018 by Julia Lane
Taken "in common" many different trees become a forest. What can we become "in common"?

By Dr. Julia Lane, SLC Writing Services Associate

Different disciplines, different expectations, different end goals, different challenges and opportunities. What do we actually share in common? 

Broken EAL student's monologue

Published July 31, 2018 by Julia Lane
Sculptural fragment from one of Akhenaten’s colossal statues in the Aten-Temple in Karnak.

By Daniel Chang 

PhD candidate and SLC Writing Consultant Daniel Chang writes about his experience being an EAL student for the past 10 years. In this post he questions the image of EAL students as "broken students" and reinforces the idea that language issues are experienced by everyone.

The Summer Semester is almost over! Get a jump on Fall...

Published July 24, 2018 by Julia Lane
Summer by Yeoul Kwon from the Noun Project

By Daniel Chang 

It's summer and the semester is almost over! But before you take that well deserved break, have a look at these housekeeping reminders to make sure you are ready for next term. 

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