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Improving Your Writing 1. Texas Tech Dissertation and Thesis Requirements and Aid 2. Helpful Online Grammar Resources and Practice 3. Common Errors and.

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1 Improving Your Writing 1. Texas Tech Dissertation and Thesis Requirements and Aid 2. Helpful Online Grammar Resources and Practice 3. Common Errors and Weaknesses of ESL Graduate Students

2 Online Resources Texas Tech Thesis and Dissertations section on the Graduate School Website – Texas Tech deadlines and requirements – Style Guides (Format your Document) – Thesis on Demand – News about Dissertation Boot Camps, Thesis- Dissertation Formatting Workshops (Format your Document)

3 Online Resources Continued – Grammar Tests – Insert text into Grammar checker – Abuse 7 day free trial? – Grammar examples – Techniques for revising, analyzing tone

4 Common Grammar Errors Tense Consistency – Scientists have predicted the moon will explode in the near future. (Incorrect) – Scientists predict that the moon will explode in the near future. (Correct) Comma Use Article Use Singular Plural Agreement – Neither the researcher from Texas Tech nor the researcher from Idaho State address the issue. – Neither the researcher form Texas Tech nor the researcher from Idaho State addresses the issue.

5 Common Weaknesses Redundancy – The temporal lobe (that exists) (in the brain) – We see that oxygen is a (basic) essential for all life forms. – Africa is rich (and wealthy) in natural resources. Over-organizing Connotative Implications – Dr. Z is quite relentless in critiquing my dissertation proposal. (Dr. Z is mean.)


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