Tips for Students: The Dos and Don'ts of College App Essays

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jun 24, 2015 1:38:54 AM

Tis the season for proofreading college application essays! As a junior English teacher, I receive dozens of essays and revisions each summer and fall, not as a part of my class, but as a trusted proofreader.  I try to stress to students the importance of writing in their voice (and not mine), and I also tend to give the same advice over and over.  Today, I want to share the pieces of advice I give to students in hopes that they can help your students too.  What advice would you add?  We would love to hear from you in the comment section below!

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Topics: applications, college, essays, student tips

Grammarly Review and Video Tutorial

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Apr 22, 2014 7:31:37 AM

The kind folks over at Grammarly recently let me try out their service with my high school English classes.  The service offers to help students continue to develop writing skills through automated instructional feedback in grammar and word choice, as well as plagiarism tracking. I tried out the teacher/student version, which you can learn more about at Check out the video tutorial below and the pros and cons list.  Please let me know if you have questions or comments and remember to check back weekly for more teacher tips, tutorials, and tirades. ;)

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Topics: assessment, Classroom Tech, Essays, essays, grammar, grammarly, teaching tips, technology, video, writing, writing tips

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