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This online workshop is primarily aimed at doctoral students who have completed their primary coursework and are writing or preparing to write their dissertation proposal.

It will include an overview of the general structure of the proposal, proposal-specific writing tips, and an overview of related resources at APU. Approximately half of the workshop time is allocated for answering student questions. Learn how to schedule writing into your day with realistic and regular goals that will cut down on procrastination and eliminate that persistent feeling of guilt. By allowing time to work through the writing process, you will create better arguments with stronger and smoother prose and eliminate the majority of your sentence-level errors.

We will also cover how to use your Google Calendar free with your APU or any Gmail account to schedule writing, set tasks, receive reminders and alerts, and get a handle on your complicated life. Bring a laptop or tablet, if possible. When you state in the abstract that you will discuss topics A, B, and C, retain this order throughout the entire paper.

Do not set up false expectations. Add structure through subheadings. Graduate students are often hesitant to add subheadings in their introductions, results sections, and discussion sections.

Yet, few revisions add clarity as effectively as informative subheadings e. Add structure through transitional phrases. Academics use these transitional phrases much more than novelists do.

Lazy readers will be on the lookout for a transitional phrase all the time. Do not express more than one or two ideas in a single sentence.

Sentences can be too long because they are wordy, or they can be too long because the writer wanted to express multiple ideas in a single sentence. Consider the following example: Accordingly, one could rewrite the example sentence as follows: Instead, practice leads to a bias that speeds up processing in some dimensions e.

Admittedly, some writers produce long sentences and still write clearly. Others do well to use considerably more than 24 sentences for their papers. Start sentences with old information, and end with new information. When a sequence of sentences has flow, one sentence seamlessly transitions to the next. A text that has flow makes life easy for the reader — each sentence provides information that the next sentence elaborates on, so that the reader is never confronted with unexpected changes in topic or emphasis.

In order to achieve flow, the main rule is to start sentences with old information, and end with new information. Consider the following example, taken from Williams , pp.

A black hole is created by the collapse of a dead star into a point perhaps no larger than a marble. So much matter compressed into so little volume changes the fabric of space around it in puzzling ways. Note that the sentence in bold is in the passive tense. Rewriting it in the active tense generally a good idea yields. The collapse of a dead star into a point perhaps no larger than a marble creates a black hole.

It is evident that the second fragment lacks flow, because the information is presented in exactly the wrong order. Present the information in the right order: It is evident that graduate students can greatly benefit from taking a class on academic writing. But considerable benefits await you, the teacher, as well. First, students are easily convinced that your course enhances their chances of academic survival, and this tends to increase their motivation.

Second, students will start to notice improvements in their writing almost immediately, and this shows them that your course is worthwhile. Unfortunately, it is not trivial to design and teach a good course on academic writing.

The next section lists tips for those who would like to do so. The decision to teach a graduate course on academic writing is not one to be taken lightly.

Designing a writing course is hard work, as it is unlikely that you are already up to date with the relevant literature. In addition, a certain amount of creativity is required to keep your course from becoming boring. Below are 10 specific suggestions that may help you set up a successful and rewarding course on academic writing. Control your work load. A proper writing course needs writing assignments, and these need to be commented on and graded.

This can be a lot of work. To keep your work load manageable: Often, a few paragraphs of prose are enough to identify key problems in writing style and clarity of communication. Make students realize that writing clearly takes effort. Meet our team of experienced writing advisors. Online Guide to Writing. The discount for Federal employees and their spouses and eligible dependents will be applied to out-of-state tuition and specialty graduate programs. It does not apply to doctoral programs.

This discount cannot be combined with the Completion Scholarship for Maryland community college students or the Pennsylvania Completion Scholarship. Undergraduate and standard graduate program tuition for students who meet the criteria for Maryland residency will be the applicable in-state rate.

Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the spouses and dependents of these student groups will be the applicable military or specialty rate. View important information about the education debt, earnings, and completion rates of students enrolled in certificate programs.

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Like its predecessor, the third edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to .

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