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Improving Your Writing  

One quick way of improving your writing is to make sure that it is free of grammatical errors. There are grammar rules that all writers need to understand and follow. Awareness of some basic grammar concepts can help you quickly correct difficulties in your writing.

Here is a list of writing skills that you can use with your instructor to help you identify the specific areas of writing mechanics that you are having difficulty with.


Writing Skills

I have a Clear Understanding

I Need More Explanation and Practice

Writing Mechanics:

Grammar and Spelling  


Punctuation 1 (periods, question marks, commas, capitals, quotation marks, apostrophes)


Punctuation 2 (semi-colons, colons, dashes, parentheses)


Subject/verb agreement


Verb tenses


Sentence fragments


Run-on sentences, comma splices




Pronoun references


Pronoun case forms


Point of view




Style and Organization 


Sentence variety






Word usage, word choice


Paragraph/essay organization


Thesis/topic sentences







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