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November 29, 2006



I've so been there this semester, on 1-4 but especially 6. They continue to pay attention, but oh, those thesis statements....


If you don't want No.6, you'll have to initiate a campus-wide ban on assessment questions beginning with the words 'Compare and contrast...' Like any grown-up academic would ever attempt to write an article with such an arbitrary goal...


Forget number 10! I recently had to lecture my unenthralled students on the merits of learning the difference between your/you're, its/it's, there/their/they're, and how to properly do possessives.



Actually, my students will readily admit the force of #6 . . . *after* they submit a paper.

It's as if they use it as a placeholder, but then forget to go back and change it.

Sherman Dorn

#6 falls under the "say something rather than list the topics" prescription. But, yes, students fall back on bad habits when they're struggling.

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