Posts Tagged 'school'

The Art of Exaggeration

the art of exaggerationDon’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.  C. S. Lewis

I’ve already written about the dangers of using big words when small ones will do, but in the context of academic writing. I like this quote from C.S. Lewis because it shows how your creative writing also suffers when you exaggerate too much and too often. Exaggeration can kill a reader’s interest in a work you’ve put your heart into. Continue reading ‘The Art of Exaggeration’

The Importance of Bad Grammar

bad grammar can be good for youNow that I’ve written about the importance of good grammar, it’s about  time I wrote about the importance of bad grammar. Believe it or not, bad grammar can actually be good for you. It can actually serve you better than good grammar can. Continue reading ‘The Importance of Bad Grammar’

5 Reasons Why Students Write Bad Essays

 examsIt’s really easy to fail essay exams. I’m not talking about those exams in which you’re only asked to give your opinion (ex. “What do you think about Barack Obama?”). No teacher can fail you on those because you have the right to free speech.

I’m talking about the essay exams that require you to cite facts (ex. “Explain the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the French colonies of Southeast Asia”). This is the type of exam that students fail regularly, and I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading ‘5 Reasons Why Students Write Bad Essays’