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Excellent writing skills are considered part of the price of admission to the academic and business worlds. The ability to organize your thoughts and set them down on paper demonstrates your understanding of the material as well as your ability to use that information in a real-world setting. Everyone can use a little help strengthening their writing skills. Use the resources below and put your words to work.

Writing assignments
Writing assignments need not be feared. Use the seven steps listed below to break down each assignment into easily managed pieces, and you’ll have your next paper completed before you know it.
    •  Seven stages of writing assignments
    •  Develop your topic (1)
    •  Identify your audience (2)
    •  Research (3)
    •  Organizing with notecards (3a)
    •  Prewrite (4)
    •  Draft/write (5)
    •  Revise (6)
    •  Proofread (7)

Types of writing
Know the assignment. Often the key to receiving a good grade is knowing what kind of paper to write. Explore the many essays, papers, exams and reports that can be requested. Each has a different form, yet each relies upon the same research and writing principles.
    •  Writing for the "Web"
    •  The five-paragraph essay
    •  Essays for a literature class
    •  Expository essays
    •  Persuasive essays
    •  Position papers
    •  Open book exams
    •  Essay Exams
    •  White papers
    •  Lab reports/scientific papers
    •  Research proposals

Already mastered the types of writing? Then it’s time to tackle writing under a tight deadline and using specific writing strategies. 
    •  Writing under deadline    
    •  Writing Strategies Learned

The English language is always changing and evolving. Yet some rules remain constant. Make sure your next paper is free from grammatical errors by following these guidelines.
    •  Transitional words & phrases
    •  Essay terms and directives
    •  Modifiers & commas

Spelling exercises
No matter how long we’ve been speaking and using the English language, all of us are likely to fall into some bad language habits. Review the links below and take the tests. You may be surprised at the results. 
    •  Spelling strategies
    •  Spelling rules & exercises
    •  Common misspelled words
    •  There | They're | Their
    •  Too | Two | To
    •  "Y" with suffixes
    •  Prefixes and root words
    •  Suffixes and silent "e"
    •  Mapping vocabulary
    •  Picturing vocabulary
    •  American alphabet recited

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