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Setting It Up!

Posted by in Writing

When it comes to writing papers, often one of the most challenging aspects is not the actual writing portion but actually getting it started. In this blog I’m going to talk about practical and applicable ideas to successfully understand, organize, and start a paper. Many people often mistake starting with an outline as the first step. However, prior to this you need to be able to fully understand the assignment and its requirements.  If you are too rushed to get a paper out of the way, you could easily make…read more

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TEXTHELP Read and Write Gold

Posted by in Accommodations & Assistive Technology

Do any of these sound like you? I understand my textbooks better when I listen to them than when I read them. I spend a lot of time traveling on the road and would like to read or get schoolwork done, but I get carsick. I like reading books, but my eyes get too tired to focus on the words after a while. TEXTHELP is a company that makes different programs to assist people with learning differences. Read and Write Gold is one of their programs which offers several ways…read more

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I Can’t Write to Save My Life

Posted by in Writing

Okay, so let’s face it…most people dread the writing that comes with attending college. So many people say they can’t write, hate writing, or both! On the flip side, writing is one of our most important forms of communication. We use it for all aspects of life. Just look around, writing is literally everywhere. Whether we like it or not, being able to communicate through writing is extremely crucial and vital to our education and life past college. Whether you are hoping to be a doctor, lawyer, police officer, musician,…read more

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Note Taking

Posted by in Classes

In college everyone takes notes differently, and it is important to find the method that works best for you.  Maybe it’s through using assistive technology like the Smartpen, typing notes on your computer, or making good old-fashioned hand-written notes.  Every professor has a different style of teaching, and sometimes your style of note taking may need to change with various professors.  Some professors provide notes with blanks to fill in, others provide power points, and some don’t offer any note taking structure at all. In the latter type of class,…read more

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Campus Writing Resources

Posted by in Writing

Writing papers in college is easy right? I just turn in one draft and boom, it’s done. Well technically yes, but a composition class grading system does not offer a lot of room for mistakes and mess-ups. Many elements contribute to a paper’s final score, and each paper is often worth a large chunk of your final grade. I’ve learned that writing is one area where colleges generally offer tons of support resources. Students who struggle with writing can still have good grades in English classes! The key, however, is…read more

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Entering College Safety Tips

Posted by in Health and Safety

Going to college is incredibly exciting for students leaving home for the first time! Now away from home, it’s time to meet new people, make friends, and venture out in the world. During the first few weeks almost every student living on campus is in the same situation—not knowing anyone. Take this great opportunity to meet all the new faces you can! That being said, always keep a few things in the back of your mind. For a lot of students, this is their first time away from their parents;…read more

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Chelsea’s Story

Posted by in Contributor Biographies

My name is Chelsea, and I am from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I am 22 years young, and I will graduate with a degree in Communications and a Minor in Hospitality this May! I was diagnosed with dyslexia and a processing disorder in the 2nd grade. I am beating the odds against learning disabled students by attending college and being recognized on the Chancellors list. I hope to work in public relations, tourism, fashion, or the luxury lifestyle industry anywhere in the world.

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