Archive | January, 2012

Modern African-American Writers & Poets

31 Jan

Considering that this is the Writing Center blog, I realized today that it’d probably be a good idea to throw reading and literature onto the fire.

Luckily, Black History Month starts tomorrow so I’ll be doing my best to post each day about an African-American/black writer or poet. Since the Writing Center is closed for the rest of the week these posts will start next week. There are so many amazing artists to choose from so I’ll be doubling up on some days.

All of that being said, I do have a confession to make that I’m hoping you lovely readers can help out with. I’ve been swimming in academia for so long that I’m pretty out of the loop when it comes to any contemporary writers. Many of the writers I’ll be posting about are still, thankfully, writing but I know there are many, many out there that I’m just not aware of so let me know in the comments. What contemporary African-American/black writers or poets do you think we should all know about?

I did a bit of research and found the following links that I hope you all will enjoy:

* Chris Volk gives a fantastic interview about black writers and literature; read it here.

* Our fabulous Multnomah County Library has some great links.

* The Cincinnati Library has an extensive list; check it out here.

* For graphic novel fans, here’s a list of 25 recommended by the Library Journal.

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That Versus Which

30 Jan

APA Style Blog: That Versus Which.

– A grammar goodie!

Finals Got You Frantic?

30 Jan

On the eve of Finals week (it’s 3 days but am sure it feels as long as a week for you all), I thought it a good idea to pick up on last week’s post about time management but push it a bit.

Cramming is NEVER a good idea mostly because (1) it’s pretty ineffective (science!) and (2) so stressful! However, if you find yourself rapidly running out of hours there are a few tips that should, hopefully, prevent you from staying up till some terrible hour the night before your exams.

First, try the Read-Recite-Review method:

* Read –> Okay, yup, this one is obvious. But try to limit what you’re reading to a reasonable amount of information. Go for those areas that you’re having trouble with and those areas where you’re so close to retaining it to memory but keep it to sections versus entire chapters.

* Recite –> Now summarize what you just read. If you’re having a tough time summarize it orally or in writing. Maybe form a study group? Might make it more interesting to recite information to friends than alone.

* Review –> Now re-read that section and make sure that your recitation matches up. Did you leave out an important concept? Now you know where to focus your attention.

Check out this article on “chunking,” which came about “when a Harvard psychologist named George Miller published his study on short term memory. It was called “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two.””

While, yes, Finals are really super duper important, it is important to remember to keep your stress under control. The old tried-and-truisms of get enough sleep, eat right, exercise, don’t go overboard with caffeine, and breathe are tried-and-true for a reason – they work! Here’s a small article about how to keep your stress under control.

If you’ve got a pet, take a break for some cuddles (science again!). If you don’t have a pet or feel weird about asking to borrow your neighbor’s Labradoodle, try looking at cute animals. I dare you to look at these two cuties and not feel insta-calm.

Good luck on Finals!!

Mind Map, Attempt #2

28 Jan

Yesterday I posted a pretty simplistic mind map template but thanks to the help of some fancy software, I’ve got a new one for you folks.

I imagine that the best use of this template will be for those times when you are stumped for ideas. Here’s how I see it being filled out – I’d love to hear your ideas though!

Open Book –> Main topic

Oval & Rounded Rectangle Branches –> Thoughts and observations about the main topic would go in these spots. I created two areas in the event you’re wanting to compare/contrast or if one thought is a sub-idea of the other.

Big Rectangles at the North & South Ends –> Here’s where you’ll jot down overarching themes, issues, etc. that you’ll want to be sure to include in your paper.

Clouds –> Once you’ve got your ideas down, number these clouds in the order of interest, paragraph order, what have you.

Anything you feel is missing? Let me know what you think and how you’re using it!

2nd to Last Reminder – FINALS Jan 31-Feb 2

28 Jan

 The Writing Center is technically CLOSED from Jan 31-Feb 2 for Finals UNLESS you make an appointment.

If you know you want to meet with a writing tutor on one or more of those days, you MUST make an appointment. This can be done either by signing up at the library (appt book is on the main counter) or via email at lincolnwriting@gmail.com

Appointments MUST be made no later than Monday, 4pm. 

Reminder – FINALS Jan 31-Feb 2

27 Jan

 The Writing Center is technically CLOSED from Jan 31-Feb 2 for Finals UNLESS you make an appointment.

If you know you want to meet with a writing tutor on one or more of those days, you MUST make an appointment. For now, this can be done either by signing up at the library (appt book is on the main counter) or via email at lincolnwriting@gmail.com

Your appointment-making options will change once we get closer to Finals – more on that later.

Mind Map

26 Jan

 

Hey Lincoln folks,

In preparation for a post about crafting a thesis statement, I created a mind map template. Here’s an example of a completed form using John Okada’s No-No Boy.

I’m not absolutely in love with it so it may be altered a bit. Do you see anything that would make this form easier to use?

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