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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

   

Parallelism

   

Pronoun references

   

Pronoun case forms

   

Point of view

   

Spelling

   

Style and Organization 

   

Sentence variety

   

Unity

   

Coherence

   

Word usage, word choice

   

Paragraph/essay organization

   

Thesis/topic sentences

   

Transitions

   

Conclusions

   

 

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