Resources and posts about professional and business writing

Specific Guidelines for Enhanced Readability

2019-04-04T16:56:04+00:00

State your purpose explicitly. Make your issue very clear. Make the topic of each section and paragraph visually prominent. Use headings and subheadings appropriately and correctly Place topic sentences in the beginning of paragraphs Maintain the topic in the reader’s mind by referring to it frequently Readers (especially with lengthy, dense material) prefer an [...]

WEX Editors on Common Errors Seen in Dissertations

2019-03-18T04:56:38+00:00

We’ve asked the WEX editors about the common APA errors they’re seeing in dissertations and have created this list in the hopes writers might have an advantage in self-editing their dissertations. Here we go:   Table of Contents: Inconsistent wording from the heading in the text Incorrect representation of heading levels Incorrect pagination and/or margins [...]

Cracking the Cover Letter

2018-11-19T16:44:10+00:00Tags: , , , |

Cover letters are a part of job, internship, and practicum applications that always tripped me up.  As soon as I saw the words “cover letter”, I felt stuck because I didn’t know where to begin.  Unfortunately, as a graduate student, cover letters are an unavoidable part of my life.  Many graduate school, practicum, and job [...]

Five Habits of Successful Professionals

2018-10-31T15:46:51+00:00Tags: , , |

Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of students in on-ground classes, online classes and hybrid courses too. Though the technology has constantly changed, certain things have not. Check out the five online habits used by high performers in adult, online education: Successful learners stay in touch with the online environment. Some login once or [...]

Email Etiquette

2018-10-31T15:46:51+00:00Tags: , , , |

What would we do without email? These days we rely heavily on email as one of our primary modes of communication, and while email is generally more informal than the formal letter, emailing a colleague or professional associate is best regarded in a more formal light. Reason? We’re usually emailing this person with a request, [...]