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Tips for Improving Your Writing

Schedule time for writing. Start early.

Make time for writing at home and at school; make an appointment with the Writing Lab as soon as you get an assignment.

Allow enough time for research, development of ideas, and revision.

Generate ideas before you start writing.

Write down a quick list of ideas on your topic.

Define the purpose of your writing.

Think about the audience you're writing for.

Focus on ideas. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation can be fixed in later stages of the writing process.

Revise your writing. Try reading aloud to hear mistakes.

Plan your writing. Organize your ideas into paragraphs and organize your paragraphs into a logical beginning, middle, and end.