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How To Improve Your Writing Through Collaboration

Writing and publishing is not easy business and takes considerable amount of energy. Many people write manuscript after manuscript and never seem to publish their work. What defines one literary work as great and another as sub-par can be smaller than the thickness of a piece of hair. Working together can help round out your work and give you a little extra insight to your literary strengths and weaknesses. Work in a Group: One of the best ways of improve on your writing is to find a group of people who have similar interests and meet with them on a regular basis. Groups help support you in your creative endeavors and create a sense of community made up of like minded people. Review Each Others Work: Free editing is a great tool that can help you find the holes in your work. We all have a propensity to see many different types of mistakes in others writings that we wouldn't have seen in our own. Editing and reviewing each others work helps in proof reading for perfection. Sha

How To Write for an Academic Journal

Having a paper accepted for publication in an academic journal is an exciting event that comes with a personal sense of achievement. Not only does it validate an academic’s knowledge but it is also a source of industry exposure. Writing in a journal is not impossible but does take preparation like other types of writing. Those who publish in journals not only offer a sense of expertise but also a level of academic writing skill. Writing at a level that will be published by a peer-reviewed journal requires a significant investment of time. It will take at least a month to write a solid piece of academic literature. The quality must be near perfect depending on the genre of the journal. The topic should contribute a unique perspective or piece of knowledge to a wider body of literature to create relevancy. (Step 1) Pick Your Topic  Having some sense of your topic before writing will make a huge difference in the amount of effort and time it takes to complete your work.

Communication Skills Improve Employment Opportunities

Communication is an important skill that college graduates should develop to enhance their opportunities in the workplace and life. The benefits of strong communication skills reach across employment fields and social demographics to improve graduates employment prospects and chances for future promotion.   Learning to effectively speak and write is a skill highly sought after employers and is generally rewarded in the market.  Because communication opens doors to a number of different opportunities that wouldn’t have been available otherwise it is important for college students to pay attention when professors provide feedback on papers or comment on speaking abilities. Before getting bent out of shape students should understand that feedback is used for improvement and not for criticism. Employers want students who communicate well in verbal and written form. Employers seldom find the proper amount of oral communication skills among college graduates (Gray & Murray, 201

Basic College Writing Enhances Business Course Outcomes

Business relies heavily on communication skills used in varying fields of study. Students often lack fundamental writing skills that can transfer into credibility, effectiveness and opportunity in the future. According to a 2013 paper by Dr. Carolyn Sturgeon colleges can do a better job at teaching students higher levels of written communication skills that can translate into productive projects.  Students often resist courses in writing and English composition because they view these skills as secondary to their goals. Similar to the difficulty of getting your teenage children to throw out the trash these students are not excited about the tedious tasks of grammar, spelling, formatting, sentence structure, and citations. There is no denying that such classes are often boring and uninspiring and on the surface appear to be unnecessary. Some students may need to complete 5-6 composition courses before effectively moving into their respective fields of study. There are other