Writer's WebCommon Mistakes in First Year Writing
Content by Astoria Aviles and Gabrielle Pound, Site by Megan Venable

Writing during your first year can be compared to the first draft of an essay assignment. As you are trying new techniques and facing more challenging material or assignments, you will probably make some mistakes that you can improve on later! Every draft has at least some component that can be improved, just as every writer becomes better by recognizing the weak points in a draft and strengthening them through revision.

Q: "Are there any specific patterns or mistakes, whether grammatical or stylistic, that you commonly see in your first year classes?"

A: Joyce MacAllister, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English:


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Key Points

1. Content: Get specific!

2. Language and style

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