declutter your writing

I’ve been tracking the feedback I give to my students as they write their manuscripts for a class research project. The most common feedback is, to quote Strunk and White, “omit needless words.” Early drafts are filled with words that don’t do any work. Simply removing unnecessary words will sharpen your ideas and make yourContinue reading “declutter your writing”

turn in your best end-of-semester research paper

I’ve been teaching an upper-level psychology lab course for the past few years. Over the course of the semester, students conduct their own research project and, by the end, write a paper describing their project. It is my favorite class to teach. Even though I don’t intend for it to be intimidating, this research paperContinue reading “turn in your best end-of-semester research paper”

lions and tigers and academic writing…oh my

  Here’s a familiar story: A scientist sits down to write a manuscript and, rather than creating a crisp and coherent presentation of information, meanders aimlessly for several pages instead. This story is a tragedy. How can we avoid such tragic situations? Try thinking of your manuscripts like a great novel or a blockbuster movie.Continue reading “lions and tigers and academic writing…oh my”