The devil is in the details or paying attention to the little things Writing & Grammar

Hello everyone:

Students love to get good grades. I love to give them. But I only give them if the student deserves to be rewarded for his or her effort.

Oftentimes, students have the right idea but they get bogged down in the details. Or they forget that the small things really do matter. Things like making sure you have the right formatting on the assignment, especially if the professor has given you an example.

Here’s the deal: If I take the time to post an example, don’t say, “Oh, I’ve got it” and only look at the top of the page. Go ahead, while you’re there anyway, and look over the whole document. Taking a few extra minutes can make the difference between your truly understanding how to write a modified block business letter and writing a block memo/letter hybrid. Guess which one gets the good grade and which one doesn’t?

Take the time to re=read your document one more time before you submit it. Otherwise, it will look like ewe didn’t take the thyme to prove reed your essy and that ewe jus didn’t car. Why do all that work and mess up in the end?

Even better, read it out loud. It’s amazing what mistakes you will find if you do that. The devil really is in the details.

Best,

Dr. Sheri


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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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