The Success Center invites all CSU students to attend the following seminars for assistance with essays, research proposals and formal writing. The free webinars do not require registration and students are instructed to sign in as guests.
1/26/12, 2 p.m. CST: This webinar, “The Essentials of an Effective Essay,” will walk students through the basic steps of writing an essay that is both professional and effective. It will explore what an essay should consist of, helpful transition words, and the importance of supporting and proofreading an essay. Students will be able to view several examples of the parts of an essay (introduction, body, conclusion, etc.). This webinar is for students who are interested in brushing up their skills in writing an effective essay. For those interested, simply click on the link provided and sign in as a guest on the day the webinar is presented.
Tips for MBA 5652
2/02/12, 2 p.m. CST: This short webinar for MBA 5652 seeks to help business students understand the purpose of a research proposal and the nuances that make a proposal different than an actual research project. The webinar will also cover a few of the sections of the proposal in some detail.
The Unwritten Rules of Formal Writing: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Formal Writing
2/09/12, 2 p.m. CST: In this webinar, a distinction will be made between formal writing and informal writing. An explanation will be presented as to why formal writing is the expected format in the academic realm.
Topics which will be discussed include:
1) Avoiding the use of 1st and 2nd person
2) Avoiding rhetorical questions
3) Numerals: When to spell out numbers as opposed to writing the number itself
4) Abbreviations: When it is acceptable/not acceptable to use them
5) % vs. Percentage: When should “percentage” be written out as opposed to writing the symbol
6) Avoiding redundant words/phrases
7) Avoiding the use of contractions
8) Avoiding ending sentences with prepositions
9) When it is appropriate to use parenthetical remarks
10) Avoiding stage directions: “I am writing about….” or “This paper is going to discuss…”
Specific examples will be given in each of the aforementioned areas. An informal example will be shown and the formal correction will be presented.