The Most Frustrating Writing Issue for UIS Students…

The time has come to announce the winner of our Writing Madness bracket we have hosted throughout the month of March. We have had an outstanding voter turnout over the last few weeks, and we want to thank each and every person who took part in our project.

Without further ado, the self-reported most frustrating writing issue for UIS students is…

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Getting Started!

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Michael is thrilled to have represented this writing issue!

This result means that our second place goes to “Time Management.” We will be doing posts for each of these issues in the very near future to provide tailored resources that will help you sort them out in your writing. Be looking for those very soon!

Thank you again to all who participated!

Writing Madness Round Two Voting Begins!

Thank you to all who participated in our first round of voting in our Writing Madness bracket! We are ready to begin phase two: Education Eight.The eight winners of last week’s Syntactic Sixteen continue on to battle for a spot among the four finalists. Who will it be? Vote now to make your voice heard!

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Our second round of voting is live now! If you are a UIS student and would like to participate, you can find the survey here:

LINK TO SURVEY

Voting will close at 12:00pm CST on Tuesday, March 13th. Then the third round will begin next Wednesday, March 14th. Check back for the new link each week until we have our winner!

Thank you so much for participating!

Writing Madness Begins!

It’s March! That means that we’re beginning our Writing Madness bracket voting. The Learning Hub’s writing staff collected responses from many of our UIS freshman class to the question: “What do you find frustrating about writing?”

With this information, we calculated the top 16 responses, and made a bracket:

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Throughout the month of March, we’d like UIS students to vote on these pairings, so we can whittle these 16 writing issues down to the #1 most frustrating aspect about writing. We will then provide resources on the top issues so that we can all breathe a little easier, and write a little better.

Our first round of voting is live now! If you are a UIS student and would like to participate, you can find the survey here:

LINK TO SURVEY

Voting will close at 12:00pm CST on Tuesday, March 6th. Then the second round will begin next Wednesday, March 7th. Check back for the new link each week until we have our winner!

In addition, we’re kicking off our Writing Madness month of March with a compilation video about what our writing staff find frustrating about writing. Check it out below!

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What drives you mad about writing? Comment below! Thank you so much for participating!

Writing Madness 2nd Place – Focusing Ideas in the Paper!

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-A thesis statement reflects the main idea of your paper, summarizing the main idea and central message.  Avoid vague words and overly explicit statements.

-Remember to introduce your thesis statement early in the paper so that you can frame your ideas with this focus.

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-Break the goals of the assignment down individually and spend some time reflecting
how you’ll meet expectations now that your
topic has been selected.

-Consider re-writing the prompt in your
own words to ensure that you’re properly understanding what you’re being asked to
write about.

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-Once everything is on paper, you’ll be able to
make connections on the page and substantiate
the claims of the thesis.

-When you’ve taken time to brainstorm ahead
of time, you’ll be best equipped to center in on
the most vital ideas.

 

 

 

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-Once you’ve been able to maintain distance from your paper, you’ll be able to see where you’ve rambled or lost your train of thought through your paper.

-After you’re feeling refreshed, you’ll be able
to produce well-paced and supported ideas.

 

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-Much like an outline to start your paper, but a
reverse outline is a way to check in that your
ideas are clearly articulated.

-Use this method to see how your ideas connect together and how firmly they relate  to your
thesis statement.

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-Here at The Hub, we have strategies to help
you focus your draft and suggestions on how
to approach revisions.

-Plus, it’s good to get another perspective on your writing, because another person may be able to pinpoint where you may lose focus.

The Most Frustrating Writing Issue for UIS Students

The time has come to announce the winner of our Writing Madness bracket we have hosted throughout the month of March. We have had an outstanding voter turnout over the last few weeks, and we want to thank each and every person who took part in our project.

Without further ado, the self-reported most frustrating writing issue for UIS students is…

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Staying Motivated!

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Dana is thrilled to have represented this writing issue!

This result means that our second place goes to “Focusing Ideas in the Paper.” We will be doing posts for each of these issues in the very near future to provide tailored resources that will help you sort them out in your writing. Be looking for those very soon!

Thank you again to all who participated!

Writing Madness Consolation Post #8 – Citation!

The third round of our Writing Madness bracket has concluded, which left us with two writing issues that won’t be participating in the next round of voting. The Learning Hub’s writing staff will be presenting them along with specific resources to help you overcome your frustrations with them. This time? Citation!

by Erica

As we’ve finally come to the end of our Writing Madness bracket, we must recognize the fallen. Our writing topics have led a valiant effort to claim the title of “most maddening.” We thank you for your votes and for following us on this journey of frustrations. One of these fallen is Citations, our third place finalist. Citations can be tricky. Beyond just MLA and APA, one of the most challenging parts is knowing when to cite and how to cite. Citations aren’t just another requirement for your paper, but are important ethically as well. When we cite, we give credit for others’ ideas and show that we’re familiar with what has been written about our topic. Here at The Learning Hub, we acknowledge that it can be difficult to know when to cite, what to cite, and how to cite. To help you navigate those questions and prove your ethics and knowledge as a writer, we’ve created a handout to help you avoid plagiarism by citing properly.

For more tips, see the Learning Hub’s handout on writing introductions below, visit the Learning Hub’s website for more handouts on writing skills, make an appointment with a tutor, and keep your eye on this blog!

I hope you found this resource helpful, and remember to check back tomorrow to find out which is the most frustrating writing issue faced by UIS students.

Writing Madness Consolation Post #7 – Thesis Statements!

The third round of our Writing Madness bracket has concluded, which left us with two writing issues that won’t be participating in the next round of voting. The Learning Hub’s writing staff we will be presenting them along with specific resources to help you overcome your frustrations with them. This time? Conclusions!

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Thesis statements are a frustrating aspect of writing that many college students struggle with. It requires the writer to sum up their thoughts into a concise statement to provide a focus for the essay. Any weakness in the thesis will no doubt be apparent throughout the entire essay. However, have no fear. There are a few tips to make writing a thesis statement a little less stressful.

One helpful tip is to have an outline for your thesis. Write down some notes on what your argument is about and what points you’re going to use to support it. Once you have those notes, organize them into a concise sentence or two stating your main argument and your supporting points.

Another piece of advice is to write down your thesis on a separate piece of paper or type it on a different document, and refer back to it periodically. It is easy to drift away from the main point of the essay when writing, so having that thesis statement easily accessible will help create a clear and consistent paper.

The final tip is to seek assistance. As UIS students, you have many options. You can utilize your professor’s office hours by asking them to review your thesis. You can also take advantage of the Learning Hub’s many services. This can take the form of making an appointment with one of our writing tutors, or taking advantage of our numerous writing handouts.

These are just a few tips to making the process of writing a thesis statement easier. For more information see our handout on thesis statements.

For more tips, see the Learning Hub’s handout on writing introductions below, visit the Learning Hub’s website for more handouts on writing skills, make an appointment with a tutor, and keep your eye on this blog!

I hope you found this resource helpful, and remember to vote in the final round to determine the most frustrating writing issue faced by UIS students. Voting will conclude on Tuesday, March 28th at 12:00pm CST!