- 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 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! […]

- November 15, 2013

APA STYLE WORKSHOP 11/21/2013 2PM to 3PM

APA STYLE WORKSHOP 11/21/2013 2PM to 3PM

APA style can seem like a daunting task for the uninitiated!  This is especially true if you are used to other formats (Chicago Style, MLA, etc.).  APA takes practice (and patience) to master.  In order to provide you with support and advice, the WRMC is organizing its first APA Style Workshop.  Join the WRMC in […]

- November 13, 2013

APA FORMATTING MARGINS

APA FORMATTING MARGINS

The APA manual suggests that you use 1 inch spacing on all sides.  However, the manual also says that you can use the default settings on your word processor (which might not always be set to one inch margins).  We suggest adjusting the margins to meet the 1 inch requirement (unless otherwise specified).

- November 12, 2013

IMPROVING POWERPOINTS

IMPROVING POWERPOINTS

I’m sure that we have all been through presentations that we just wished would end.  We’ve also been in presentations that were incredibly engaging and fun!  What makes the difference between a glowing presentation and one that is dull?  There are many factors that make a presentation good or bad including the preparation of the […]

- November 11, 2013

THE SERIAL COMMA

THE SERIAL COMMA

Just like your elementary school teacher reminded you, “Don’t forget your punctuation marks!”  However, she might not have let you know that some rules for punctuation are not very cut and dry.  One example of an instance where the punctuation police might differ is the comma. What do you think about the following examples?  Which […]

- November 6, 2013

WORKING IN GROUPS (Tips and Strategies)

WORKING IN GROUPS (Tips and Strategies)

If you are not experienced with group work it can be difficult and frustrating.  Our advice for working in groups is to start off on the right foot!  Being organized is key to working with others, especially if you are going to depend on them to do their part in the group work. We have […]

- November 1, 2013

WRITER’S BLOCK? The WRMC’s got the solutions!!

WRITER’S BLOCK? The WRMC’s got the solutions!!

Are you stuck on getting started with your paper?  Need some advice on getting over your Writer’s Block?  Brainstorming is a good way for you to get started with your paper. Brainstorming is the process whereby you begin just thinking about what your topic is about.  One good way to get started with brainstorming is […]