How important is formatting? Very! Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

Today’s blog is about the importance of formatting, i.e. following the directions. If an instructor gives you guidance on how he or she wants an assignment to be done, I have only two words: follow it!

Recently, my students at two of the three colleges where I teach had an assignment due. I gave them samples of the formatting I wanted and offered tips on my announcement section of the class page that told them how to complete the assignment successfully.

Amazingly enough, the students who followed my examples and made sure that their documents met all of the requirements (there is a rubric attached to every assignment) did exceptionally well. Those who told me that they “chose” to do the assignment another way did not fare so well.

Why would they choose to not follow the instructions? Folks, that is totally beyond my comprehension. I would welcome your thoughts on this topic! While a little creative thinking is a good thing, not following the directions at your future job could get you fired. Food for thought.


Dr. Sheri


Sheri Dean Parmelee has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Regent University. She writes books on practical tips for people who become unexpectedly unmarried and is working on her second novel in a series of contemporary romance/suspense novels. She teaches at three colleges, working with students from freshmen to graduate students. Her hobbies include running 8 miles a day and reading biographies and fiction.

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