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Writing Groups Can Help Students with Papers

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10/31/2014
Ms. Ahern-Dodson says that students usually share their writing only when it is completed and ready to give to the teacher. Instead, she suggests that you prepare an early draft version. Then, ask yourself who can give you helpful feedback, or reaction, on what you have written. More

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Audio Having Problems with a School Paper?

A Duke University expert advises against waiting to write until you’ve done all the research. Instead, write a little even if you are just half finished with the process. She says this way, you may get a better idea of what you want to understand and express.

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Audio Tips for Better Writing

Everyone struggles with writing, however there are ways to ease your struggle when working on an essay or paper for class. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, assistant professor of the Practice in Writing Studies at Duke University is here with some tips.

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Parents in South Australia’s Aboriginal lands may lose some of their financial aid if they do not send their children to school. New rules link school attendance with payments for parents living. But the top advisor to the prime minister suggests other ways to get children to school.

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