People very often have difficulty getting started on college level writing because they can’t seem to translate the ideas in their head into appropriate academic language. So, ignore the language and pretend you are writing to your mother, a friend, or even a family pet. Expressing your ideas more casually allows you to relax and facilitates sincere expression. Once your thoughts are down on paper, you can always revise them to sound more academic.

For help with revising your paper, or other tips on getting started, stop in to see a tutor. MIAD tutors are available Monday-Friday, and on Sundays when the Learning Commons is open.

For more information contact: Cathryn Wilson,