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Forget What You Learned in High School (Some of it, anyway)

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1 Forget What You Learned in High School (Some of it, anyway)

2 College is Not High School Welcome to the Next Level –Sega You Have to be First, Best, or Different –Loretta Lynn

3 Memorization is Important What to Memorize –Facts and Principles in Balance Always be able to Describe What the Fact Means and Why it’s Important The More you Know, the Easier it Gets Strive for Automatic Learning –This is your Life Slipping Away

4 Creativity is Content, not Style Locating Information Analysis and Insight Don’t Attempt Style Without Substance Break the Rules only When You: –Know the Rules Perfectly –Apply them Automatically –Can Describe Exactly Why the Break is Justified Cliches are Never Creative

5 Non-Fiction Writing is Different From Fiction or Opinion Your Readers do not Want Suspense –Inverted Pyramid (Newspaper) –“Sandwich” –Hierarchical –Sequential Your Readers will not Hunt for Information –Present Ideas in Proper Sequence –Rewrite! Stream-of-Consciousness is Out

6 Things to Avoid Dictionary Definitions Obvious Errors or Logical Fallacies Attempting to be Stylish Without Substance Cliches Slash Construction (and/or)


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