Do not use “you,” “your” or “yours” in any writing assignment, except in quotes or when directly
addressing or instructing a specific audience.
(don’t, isn’t, won’t, it’s, can’t, etc.) are allowed in academic writing,
whether computer printed or handwritten, except in quotes or in situations
where informal writing is customary, such as in e-mail communication.
When referring to a person, use “who,” and not “that.”
you might write about “a soldier who was killed in
but never write about “a soldier that was killed in
Iraq.” If you use “that” for a person, you are
calling him or her a thing, and thus disrespecting that person.
three simple, easy secrets and watch your college-level writing improve to an
amazing degree virtually overnight, even if you
do not see yourself as a talented or gifted writer and
even if you hate to write!
In some creative writing, expressive composition, journalism and poetry
classes these rules may not apply. Void where prohibited by the professor.
Go back over
all your written work before turning it in and re-check it to see
that you have carefully applied each one of these three secrets to your writing.