From High School to University – Part 1: Just Showing Up

From High School to University – Part 1: Just Showing Up

“I need a make-up exam.” He said it to me casually, as though he were asking me for the attendance sheet or a copy of assignment instructions. “Excuse me?” I said. “I wasn’t at the midterm, so I need a make-up exam,” replied this first-year student in my history class, again with the implication that this was…

From High School to University – Part 2: So You Got Your First C

From High School to University – Part 2: So You Got Your First C

B- This was not what I’d expected. It was my first essay in my first year of university. I was a music student at the time and had enrolled in the course, “U.S. History 1945-68,” out of a passion for history and interest in the time period. I’d entertained fantasies of the professor reading my essay and…

How Studying Abroad Taught Me to Write Essays

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…

Avoiding “Grade Shock” at University

Avoiding “Grade Shock” at University

It’s important to note that research shows that “A” students in high school are most likely to suffer grade shock or a drop of nearly two grade levels when they transition from high school to university.    Grade shock can lead to anxiety and depression. And it can produce serious financial consequences, including the loss…

Don’t be a Statistic; Learn to Write Well

Don’t be a Statistic; Learn to Write Well

It’s very easy for teachers and professors to complain about “kids these days” who seemingly can’t write or look up from their phones. It’s easy to shake our proverbial canes at the younger generation and bemoan their lack of skills. But there’s more to it than that. Research suggests that students aren’t learning how to…

4 common types of essays you (really) need to know

4 common types of essays you (really) need to know

A good place to start thinking about essays is to better understand the types of essays that most of your assignments in high-school, and college or university will fit into. The following are the four main categories of essays that are generally the norm in academia (thank you, Purdue Online Writing Lab) and most essays…

A Writer Writes…with EssayJack

A Writer Writes…with EssayJack

Remember Throw Momma from the Train? That movie from the 80s with Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito? You can admit it. We’re all friends here. The movie is an homage to and update of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Crystal and DeVito conspire to…well, the title really says it all. The movie earned Anne Ramsey—Momma—an Academy Award…