- September 30, 2014

Word of the Day: Denigrate

Word of the Day: Denigrate

WORD OF THE DAY: Denigrate Denigrate (verb): criticize, attack, disparage Examples: She felt denigrated after her professor wrote corrections in red pen all over her paper. Can you use denigrate in a sentence? Send us your sentence using denigrate and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more about sentence structure? Check […]

- September 25, 2014

Ask a Coach: Do I Really Need to Cite Common Knowledge?

Ask a Coach: Do I Really Need to Cite Common Knowledge?

Ask a Coach Q: Do I really need to cite common knowledge? – Celebrating Not Citing, Fairfax, VA A: Ah, common knowledge, the citation exception that makes all who are citation-phobes raise their fists in triumph. What is common knowledge and, more importantly, what is this rule so cut and dry as, “If it’s common […]

- September 22, 2014

Word of the Day: Turbulent

Word of the Day: Turbulent

WORD OF THE DAY: Turbulent Turbulent (adjective): moving in an irregular or violent way Examples:The turbulent winds caused the house to shake! Can you use turbulent in a sentence? Send us your sentence using turbulent and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more about sentence structure? Check out our page called […]

- September 19, 2014

Word of the Day: Sardonic

Word of the Day: Sardonic

WORD OF THE DAY: Sardonic Sardonic (adjective): showing that you disapprove of or do not like someone or something Examples:My friends take a sardonic view of my love for autumn: They think it is inappropriate for me to be decorating for it in August. Can you use sardonic in a sentence? Send us your sentence […]

- September 18, 2014

Word of the Day: Aesthetic

Word of the Day: Aesthetic

WORD OF THE DAY: Aesthetic Aesthetic(adjective): Relating to art or beatuty Examples:The aestehics of the colorful leaves swirling around in the wind make this autumn day picture worthy! Can you use aesthetic in a sentence? Send us your sentence using aesthestic and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more about sentence […]

- September 16, 2014

Ask a Coach: Times New Roman in Writing Assignments

Ask a Coach: Times New Roman in Writing Assignments

Ask a Coach Q: Must I use Times New Roman for all of my academic assignments? All my teachers place this requirement on their directions, but there are so many fonts out there that are just as professional but more attractive. – Fighting for Fabulous Fonts in Fairfax, VA                 […]

- September 15, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Cusp

WORD OF THE DAY: Cusp

WORD OF THE DAY: Cusp Cusp (noun): A point that marks the beginning of change Examples:This week (9/15-9/21) is on the cusp of seasons: Monday is summer, but by Saturday, it will be autumn. Can you use cusp in a sentence? Send us your sentence using cusp and we will post it on our blog! […]

- September 9, 2014

Word of the Day: Courtesy

Word of the Day: Courtesy

WORD OF THE DAY: Courtesy Courtesy (non count noun): polite behavior that shows respect for other peopleExamples:He had the courtesy to write a thank you note to the foundation after he won the trillion dollar prize. Can you use courtesy in a sentence? Send us your sentence using courtesy and we will post it on our blog!Want to learn more about creating […]

- September 5, 2014

WRMC’s Fall 2014 Writing Improvement Seminar Series

WRMC’s Fall 2014 Writing Improvement Seminar Series

VIU’s Writing, Research, & Media Center (WRMC) is pleased to announce a new series of hands-on sessions aimed at helping students to improve their writing. Students will have an opportunity to interact with WRMC staff and invited guests to explore topics related to improving student writing for work, school, and beyond. There will be two […]

- September 2, 2014

Ask a Coach: Why do we use APA?

Ask a Coach: Why do we use APA?

Ask a Coach Q: I know there are many different style guides out there, so why do we use APA?  – Considering Citations, Fairfax, VA A: APA provides uniformity as we write, research, and communicate. When we see an in-text citation or a bibliographic reference, we know immediately what to reference and how to reference it. […]

Word of the day: Quintessential

Word of the day: Quintessential

WORD OF THE DAY: Quintessential Quintessential (adjective): the pure, foundational essence of something Examples: She was the quintessential student: studious, dedicated, and intelligent. Can you use quintessential in a sentence? Send us your sentence using quintessential and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more adjectives? Check out our page called “Personally […]

- August 27, 2014

Ask a Coach: Toward vs. Towards

Ask a Coach: Toward vs. Towards

Ask a Coach By Allison Millward, WRMC Q: I’m confused about usage: which version of this preposition is correct, towards or toward?                                                                             – Pondering Prepositions in Chantilly, VA A: This is a good question about prepositions, usage, and–of course–style! The direct answer is this: check your style guide. Some style guides contend there is a […]

- August 25, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Commence

WORD OF THE DAY: Commence

Commence (verb) To start or begin Example:  The new semester commences at 8 o’clock am today. Can you use commence in a sentence? Submit a sentence using commence and we’ll post it on this blog!       Use our “APA Style Guide” to help you craft your sentence! Check out our website: www.viu.edu/wrmcMake an […]

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The WRMC is Open!

The WRMC is Open!

The WRMC is Open! Returning students, welcome back to VIU! We hope you had a fantastic summer and look forward to hearing about your adventures/travels when we see you around campus! New students, welcome to VIU! We hope you safely arrived and look forward to meeting you this fall! The WRMC had a successful summer. […]

- August 20, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Imminent

WORD OF THE DAY: Imminent

Imminent (adj) [more imminent; most imminent]  :happening very soon  We are awaiting the incoming freshmen’s imminent arrival. The beginning of the school year  is imminent. These students are facing the imminent end of summer.         Can you use imminent in a sentence? Submit a sentence using imminent and we’ll post it on this blog! […]

- January 6, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Ignominy

WORD OF THE DAY: Ignominy

ignominy (noun):  event or situation that makes one feel shamed or embarrassed Examples: The little boy had to face the ignominy of telling his neighbors about breaking their window with a baseball. One’s teenage years are filled with ignominies and self-consciousness!

- January 3, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Exacerbate

WORD OF THE DAY: Exacerbate

exacerbate (transitive verb): to make a problem or bad situation even worse Examples: The shrieks and squeals of the children exacerbated their grandfather’s headache. “Not only is privatizing Social Security not the solution to Social Security, it would exacerbate the problem.” – Shelley Berkeley, former U.S. Representative, Nevada

- January 2, 2014

WORD OF THE DAY: Delineation

WORD OF THE DAY: Delineation

delineation (noun): explanation; outline; marking Example: The professor gave a clear delineation of both the republican and democratic viewpoints on issues of economics.

- December 20, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Burnish

WORD OF THE DAY: Burnish

burnish (transitive verb): polish, make shiny by rubbing Examples: The hotel staff burnished the wooden floor in the lobby until it shone under guests’ shoes. Alice asked the jeweler to burnish her silver bracelet.

- December 19, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Alacrity

WORD OF THE DAY: Alacrity

alacrity (noun): readiness to do something quickly and with a cheerful attitude Examples: The alacrity with which Jane completed her tasks at work impressed her boss so much that he gave her a promotion. Bobby’s unusual alacrity for doing his weekly chores made his mother suspicious.