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Old January 17th, 2006, 09:58 PM   #1
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Edit: Deke's link gave me all the info I needed and then some.

leaving the original post below so others can still follow it. end edit.


Is there anyone on here I can call on occasion about some college writing topics, and a few general questions?

I don't know too many people up here at Ferris, and I'm trying to avoid bugging the ones that I do all the time.

My questions seem really stupid, and obvious to most people, but I don't think they realize that I've been out of school for 7+ years, and you forget alot in that legnth of time.

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Old January 17th, 2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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my latest thing is what is "unsent letter form" to quote my instructor's assignment that she gave us as we walked out the door.

That's the format I'm supposed to write a journal in.
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Old January 17th, 2006, 10:00 PM   #3
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http://scholar.google.com/

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Old January 17th, 2006, 10:03 PM   #4
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Im not sure what "unsent letter form" is... but does that campus have a writing center? I know U of M flint does. Its an office that is staffed by english majors that are there for nothing but to help you do your writing correctly. I have had ours proofread my papers and answer questions on a few occasions.

When my buddy went to ferris I could swear that he talked about going to one for his writing class as well
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the "writers inc" book tells of all the styles and how to format them i believe.
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Old January 17th, 2006, 10:12 PM   #6
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Tonka,

I have taken my fair share of writing classes and just completed one last semester and kept the book. It has a ton of formats, citation rules, everything. Let me know what you need I would love to help.

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Old January 17th, 2006, 10:12 PM   #7
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Tonka you can usually get all the help you need from your teacher at their office times. Most professors have an hour a couple times per week they have to be available to students outside of class time.

Also ask about tutors (free tutors), group study sessions, and TA's that tutor or you can simply run some ideas by. I had great success with formal free tutor sessions at WMU in two classes. The tutors go to the same class as you and take notes for themselves,they listen to the same lectures, they previously took and passed the same class a year or two earlier, and they know very well what the professors expect. The tutors session then they would meet twice a week to help students, and have pre test reviews and study sessions.

Also if you go to the library or a computer lab, you will run into people from your exact class or you can just see other students studying with the same text book.. Hundreds of times i met people form class that way and got and recieved help. And also made about 4 good friends. Get a number from someone in class. No one is gonna give you a hard time and people will be very understanding if they know you have been out of school for 7 years and your writing skills are a bit rusty. Hope some of those hints work. It might not be the same as WMU but its gotta be close definatley talk to the prof. and Ta they will know what works.

I dont know what the dept is but somewhere there is a list you can get your hands on of where and when there are group and private tutor session all over campus for all subjects. Again your prof will know where to send you.

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Old January 17th, 2006, 10:23 PM   #8
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my latest thing is what is "unsent letter form" to quote my instructor's assignment that she gave us as we walked out the door.

That's the format I'm supposed to write a journal in.
She made it up... it's not really a style of writing. I would assume it means "Write like your going to send it as a letter, but one that you never really send." Ever write a letter to a girlfriend that you never had the guts to send

If you have questions the best way is to call or e-mail your professor and ask... that is what she is there for
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from a google search using "unsent letter form" ...

http://www.whole-heart.com/unsentletters.html
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Old January 17th, 2006, 11:26 PM   #10
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She made it up... it's not really a style of writing. I would assume it means "Write like your going to send it as a letter, but one that you never really send." Ever write a letter to a girlfriend that you never had the guts to send
haha, weird, i had the exact same thought upon readin it.

but ya, the internet is where i usually go with questions on school....
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Old January 18th, 2006, 12:15 AM   #11
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This ENG-150 ?? Give me a call i beleivee u have my number, I'll help ya if needed..
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Old January 18th, 2006, 12:31 AM   #12
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haha, weird, i had the exact same thought upon readin it.

but ya, the internet is where i usually go with questions on school....
That's what I'd normally do, but I don't have easy computer access at school yet. I come across issues when I'm doing homework, and I dont have alot of time to run to school again, to get on a computer, find one thing a phone call could help, drive back, waste gas $ I'm puting on a credit card right now, etc.

I'm using my roommate's computer right now.

You guys all used to see me on here all the time. I think I posted 2-3 times since new years.

I know I can normally ask my instructors about things, but the letter format was for a 150 word journal that I have to turn in tomorrow. The journal was explained in class, but the format wasn't. I found that out when I got home and read the handout I got at the end of class.

Normally I'm ok at finding things on my own. It's the lack of a computer that has gotten to me. I let myself become too dependant on being able to find what I want, when I wanted online.

hmm...... you guys just indirectly helped me as well. I have a min. of 15 minutes between classes. I'm going to stay after 5 min. read handouts, and make sure I follow things before leaving the class.



Thanks guys, I got what I needed, even though it wasn't what I thought I needed to learn

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Old January 18th, 2006, 01:37 AM   #13
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http://scholar.google.com/

What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.

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Locate the complete paper through your library or on the web
Learn about key papers in any area of research
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Google Scholar orders your search results by relevance. As with Google web search, the most useful references appear at the top of the page. Google ranking technology considers the full text of each article, the author, the publication in which the article appeared, and how often the piece has been cited in other scholarly literature.

I just found answeres to everything I had questions about on there! That site is great!

thanks again! Paper is done, I'm going to bed, and have to thank my roommate in the morning for letting me use his computer.
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Sounds like you found what you needed, but just to emphasize what Jamiesann said.... find out where all of Ferris's tutor labs are. They are a wealth of knowledge and like helping students out.
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I just found answeres to everything I had questions about on there! That site is great!

thanks again! Paper is done, I'm going to bed, and have to thank my roommate in the morning for letting me use his computer.
Dont put all your eggs into one basket. Use the site as a tool in your mind's arsenal for putting down a good paper. Dont be to proud to ask for help from the resource section of your school. Im sure they have it.
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I'll ask if I need that much help. I've only had a few minor questions here and there, like forgetting the format for an outline. I actually have a study skills course right now to help get back into things.
go figure, that's the only course I've had any real issue with.... and it's been refresher stuff. I know it, just couldnt recall it when I needed to. Once I did things again, the concepts and formats, etc. are easy to remember.

I don't need a tutor as of right now, but I wouldn't hesitate to get one if I needed it.
They are free at Ferris too
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