Making the most of your chat with the professor Writing & Grammar

Hi everyone:

I offer personal guidance to many of my students, to help them write more successful essays. There are a few things I suggest they do to make the  conferences more productive.

First, print off your essay so you can mark it up as we talk. I will be going over your document a line at a time and just looking at it on your computer isn’t going to help you remember what I say. I have a marked up copy of your work and you should, too. Mark up everything I suggest so that you can refer back to it on future assignments. No, you won’t remember what I say.

Next, try to have distractions at a minimum. We talk over the phone but please make sure that your children are otherwise entertained while we speak because it won’t help you a bit if you can’t hear me. If you know your infant is going to want to eat during our scheduled time, let’s change our chat to a different time.

Finally, actually do what I suggest in your future papers. It doesn’t do any good to spend an hour talking to me if you are going to ignore my advice. I don’t make a note that you spend one hour with me and count towards your next grade. You need to actually do what I’ve talked to you about.


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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