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December 29, 2011

What this handout is about This handout will explain the functions of conclusions, offer strategies for writing effective ones, help you evaluate conclusions you’ve drafted, and suggest approaches to avoid. About conclusions Introductions and conclusions can be difficult to write, but … Read more

Writing for Mental Health

December 1, 2023

Writing for Mental Health By Katie, a Writing Coach January 2023 During the last few years, I kept hearing that writing can be a tool to improve mental health. Despite being someone who loves writing, whether it be writing creative … Read more

Ask a Coach

October 11, 2022

In this blog series, “Ask a Coach!” our Writing and Learning Center coaches answer our UNC-CH undergrads’ burning questions! Check out what our coaches have to say about everything from taking breaks to utilizing office hours!  As a new graduate … Read more

Editing and Proofreading Key

May 2, 2018

(with mistakes underlined in red) What this handout is about This handout provides some tips and strategies for revising your writing. To give you a chance to practice proofreading, we have left seven errors (three spelling errors, two punctuation errors, … Read more

American Classroom Practices

June 5, 2014

Be critical As a student in the US, you are not expected to to memorize and repeat information but to ask questions, to analyze strengths and weaknesses, to understand different perspectives and to challenge previous understandings. Expect the instructor to … Read more


March 26, 2014

What this handout is about This handout discusses clichés and why you should generally avoid them in order to achieve specificity in both your academic writing and your application essays. Introduction: What’s so bad about clichés? Let’s say you are … Read more


March 17, 2014

What this handout is about This handout discusses some of the common writing assignments in psychology courses, and it presents strategies for completing them. The handout also provides general tips for writing psychology papers and for reducing bias in your … Read more

Responding to Other People’s Writing

January 4, 2012

Responding to other people’s writing can be difficult. Here are a few tips to get you started: Say something positive about the piece. Even if a piece of writing needs a lot of work, there is usually something good that … Read more

CBE Examples

January 3, 2012

CBE EXAMPLE OF INFORMATIVE ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY: NOTE: The CBE bibliographic examples in this handout follow name-year system format. TAKEN FROM STUDENT PAPER Gallo, A, Breitmayer, B. 1993. Mothers’ perceptions of sibling adjustment and family life in childhood chronic illness. Journal … Read more