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Practical Definition: (Adjective) 1) of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas. 2) so nearly the case that it can be regarded as so; virtual. In the MTMC: we work on the practical application of written communication. Our coaches help to put ideas and theories into […]

Word of the Week – P


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Although we all may like to think that there is one set way to write, and that if we learn that method we ourselves will become excellent writers, sadly that just isn’t true. In reality, we all have our own styles of writing and preferences for the medium in which to write. Take writing on […]

Tools for Writing


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I was helping out a study team the other day and they asked me the question: why can’t I cite Wikipedia? Is it some sort of holdover from the dead tree days when only things in print were worth quoting? Isn’t it updated more quickly than the paper version? And yes, anyone can update, but […]

What’s up with Wikipedia?



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Organize Definition: (Verb) 1) arrange into a structured whole; order. 2) make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity); coordinate. (Adjective) arranged in a systematic way, especially on a large scale. In the MTMC: One of the main aspects of written assignments is the organization. Coaches and students work on or check that their […]

Word of the Week – O


MTMC March 4
by Eric It’s one thing to have writer’s block, but have you ever had trouble choosing a topic? It happens to the best of us, everyone from the author who writes for fun to the student who struggles to turn in his paper on time. Sometimes the issue is caused by restrictions that have been […]

Topic Troubles


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Narrative Definition: (Noun) a spoken or written account of connected events; a story. (Adjective) in the form of or concerned with narration. In the MTMC: coaches have worked with students on narratives of their relationship with writing as well as journals about individuals daily accounts. Literacy narratives detail authors’ relationships with reading and writing throughout […]

Word of the Week – N



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It was my senior year of softball in high school and I was feeding balls through a pitching machine to a teammate who was taking batting practice.  Having taken years of batting lessons, I sounded like a broken record, “eye on the ball…raise your hands…don’t turn your head…shorten your swing…” Eventually, my teammate became frustrated […]

“What does it take to get a compliment?”


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Multiliteracies Definition: this is a fairly new term developed to reflect the change in ways people communicate due to new technologies and shifts in the usage of the English language within different cultures. Multiliteracies includes linguistic literacies, visual literacies, audio literacies, gestural literacies, spatial literacies and multimodal literacies. In the MTMC. Our name change from […]

Word of the Week – M


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With Michigan Technological Universities 2015 spring career fair approaching in a few weeks everyone is stressing about getting their resumes in tip top shape, and attempting to find an outfit so they can dress to impress! However, when you finally get up to the front of the hour long line and are about to talk […]

Elevator Speeches



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As I’m sitting here, the vertical line blinking nonstop on the blank, Microsoft Word document, I’m reminded that I have yet to respond to that Facebook post that I thought was so funny. I pick up my phone, open the Facebook app. No, I shouldn’t. I’m supposed to be writing—the real kind of writing, with […]

The Real Kind of Writing