Writing Madness – Round Three is Here!

Our Writing Madness event is continuing throughout the month of March, and it’s time to move on to the third round of voting. Thank you to all who participated in our second round of voting in our Writing Madness bracket!

Writing Madness Bracket Round Three
So begins phase three: The Figurative Four. The four winners of last week’s Education Eight continue on to battle for a spot among the two finalists. Who will it be? Vote now to make your voice heard!

Our third 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 11:59 am CST on Thursday, March 21st. Then the final round will begin next Monday, March 25th. Check back for the new link each week until we have our winner!


Thank you so much for participating!

Writing Madness – Round Two is Here!

Thank you to all who participated in our first round of voting in our Writing Madness bracket! There were several major upsets, and all of the remaining issues are still fair game at this point.

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!

Writing Madness Round Two Bracket

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 11:59 pm CST on Thursday, March 14th. Then the third round will begin next Monday, March 18th. Check back for the new link each week until we have our winner!


Thank you so much for participating!

Writing Madness! Round One 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 the students in 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:

Writing Madness Bracket Round One Spring 2019

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

Round One Voting will close at 11:59pm CST on Thursday, March 7th. Then the second round will begin next Monday, March 11th. Check back for the new link each week until we have our winner!


What drives you mad about writing? Comment below!

Writing Madnesss! What The Learning Hub Hates About Writing

To complement our recent video about what The Learning Hub’s writing staff loves about writing, 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!

Stay tuned for the first round of our Writing Madness bracket to post on Tuesday, March 5th!


If you click on the link below, it will take you to our home site, where you can check out other resources to improve your writing skills and prepare you for academic, professional, and civic writing.

UIS The Learning Hub Handouts

What The Learning Hub Loves About Writing

In this sweet little compilation, The Learning Hub’s writing staff say what they love about writing. This video is our send off to our Love at First Cite! theme for February. Stay tuned next month; the theme is going to be absolute Madness!

If you click on the link below, it will take you to our home site, where you can check out other resources to improve your writing skills and prepare you for academic, professional, and civic writing.

UIS The Learning Hub Handouts

Why are the Writing Staff thankful for The Learning Hub?

The month of November is time to take stock and reflect, and is also a chance to think about the various things you’re thankful about this year. At this point in the semester, most of us are aching for that two day break and a chance to visit with friends and family back home, but it’s also important to recognize the hard, good work you’ve done so far in your classes.

The Learning Hub’s staff is celebrating what we’re thankful for this month in a series of videos – today our Writing Staff share why they are thankful for The Hub!

Are you thankful for The Learning Hub? Would you like to take part in a video featuring students later this month? Come to the front desk and have a chat with us! We’d love to have you participate in our Web Series this month!

Writing Madness Consolation Post #5 – Repetition!

The first second of our Writing Madness bracket has concluded, which left us with four writing issues that won’t be participating in the next round of voting. The Learning Hub’s writing staff have picked two of these four, and over the next few days we will be presenting them along with specific resources to help you overcome your frustrations with them. This time? Repetition!

by Kaylan

When writing a paper, it is common for students to struggle with repetition.  This seems to be a common occurrence when students are running out of paragraph ideas to write about or students may not have the best grasp on a topic so they say the same idea in different words.  Repetition can come in the form of repeating the same word, phrase, or idea frequently.  While repetition can drive a point home, it can also distract readers because it can take away from the clear and concise nature of a paper.  A good, thorough read-through after writing a paper can help a writer determine areas of repetition.  In addition to a good read-through, here is a good list of rules to avoid repetition when writing a paper:

Essay Writing: 7 Rules to Avoid Repetition

This article offers seven quick tips to help writers avoid repetition within a paper.  Avoiding repetition in a paper enhances the flow and ease of readability of the ideas presented.  Although it may seem easy to fall into the trap of repetition, it is also very easy to avoid repetition following the rules listed in the article above.