“Make do…not due”

Avoid stepping in major English grammar do-do (or is it due-due???).  Keep reading to learn more. The following sentences have all appeared in recent newspaper articles: “While traditional biopsies require billions of tumour cells be carved or drawn out of patients, this new technology can make due with several thousand.” “While La La Land had a record…

“Affect” vs. “Effect”

You’re not alone if you sometimes have trouble differentiating between the English words “affect” and “effect.” The distinction can be tricky, even though on the surface the difference between the two words is simple. “Affect” is almost always a verb meaning “to influence” or “to change.” Having a cold might affect your performance on a…

How Studying Abroad Taught Me to Write Essays

I studied abroad twice as an undergraduate. After graduating, I spent a year in Germany with a Fulbright scholarship, which was administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. As a Ph.D. student, I spent another year in Germany researching for my dissertation. As an instructor, I advised many students in…

Translating academic skills into career skills

You’ve studied hard, received good grades, completed graduate school, and then you find yourself out there trying to convert essay writing skills and exam taking skills into professional skills in the workplace. So are all those academic skills relevant to your professional life?   I’d definitely say, “Yes!”    In fact,I wrote about my own transition…