ACT Vocabulary Words of the Week (Week 1)

11/20/2015 12:50:00 PM Posted by Library Staff

This week we start a new set of words. The new list is PrepScholar's Top 150 ACT Vocabulary Words. Each word can be clicked on to access more information about that word.

Here are your ACT Vocabulary Words for Week 1.

Word of the Day
November 16, 2015
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November 20, 2015

The LRC Hours for November 22 - 27

11/16/2015 10:58:00 AM Posted by Library Staff

Above are the hours for the LRC for the week of November 22 - 27. 
The LRC staff wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Words of the Week (Week 23)

11/13/2015 02:00:00 PM Posted by Library Staff

Here are the Words of the Week for Week 23.

Word of the Day
November 9, 2015
November 10, 2015
November 12, 2015

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National American Indian Month Display

11/10/2015 01:23:00 PM Posted by Library Staff

Please come by the library and see our display for National American Indian Month. The display will be up until the November 30.

Grammarly Writing Tips

11/09/2015 11:38:00 AM Posted by Library Staff has recently been posting a series of Writing Tips during the month of November. The reason is because November is National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo2015). Below are the tips that have been posted so far. This post will be updated when Grammarly adds new ones to their blog. Click on the title of each tip to go to the Grammarly's blog post for that tip.

Writing Tips from Grammarly

1.    Get organized.
Before you start writing, use outlines or mind maps to organize your thoughts.

2.    Tell a friend.
Whether you are writing an essay or a novel, be sure to let people know what you’re doing to help keep yourself accountable.

3.    Start small.
A novel doesn’t (usually) flow out of its author in one marathon session. Instead it comes alive through habit and force of will. Write a little bit each day, no matter what.

It can help to visualize your characters and main idea by creating additional art or music around them. If you need additional inspiration for your writing, consider approaching it from a different form of media.

To help keep the habit of writing, you should find a spot that you are comfortable writing in and personalize it. Having a nice place to go to when you write will make going to write that much more enjoyable.    Use a thesaurus.
There will come a time when you realize that you’ve used the same word several times in the last few hundred words. That’s when you will want a thesaurus on hand to help you expand the variety of your diction.

It can be tempting to write a paragraph then start rewriting it only to rewrite it some more. Don’t give in to this! Habitually editing as you write will make it nearly impossible for you to finish what you’ve started. Instead, block off a guaranteed time to edit after you’ve completed your paper, novel, or story.

As you are writing, you will find that your novel or paper fills a lot of your thoughts. As your brain continues thinking about and developing your story, be sure to have a good system in place to note down “aha!” ideas that pop into your head. If you don’t like using a pen and paper, try to get comfortable with the notes feature on your phone.

To help keep in the habit of writing, you should find a spot that you are comfortable writing in and personalize it. Having a nice place to write will make writing that much more enjoyable.
If you’re going to spend hours sitting and typing, do your body a favor and get a good chair or back support to keep you comfortable and pain free.

There will be times when you aren’t able to write or when your output is lower than you would like. As with any long process, you have to forgive yourself and get going again.

12. Read
If you're writing a book or a big paper, it can feel like you don't have time for anything else. Reading, however, is inspirational and relaxing for your brain and can help your writing. Find a book you love and make time to get your read on.

Sticking to writing every day is all about forming a habit. To form a habit, it helps to do things in a similar way every time you sit down to write so that your brain becomes conditioned to the action. If you write in the morning, get up at the same time and use the same routine each day prior to sitting down. If you write in a cafe, try reserving the same spot each day or ordering a special “writing drink.” Have fun with developing this routine. Making it as enjoyable as possible will make it easier to keep up the habit.

Having someone share the writing journey with you can help inspire you to keep writing. If you are writing for work or school, you should talk to co-workers and friends in your courses about buddying up for feedback and ideas. If you are doing creative writing or National Novel Writing Month, be sure to check out forums like those from

What are your writing strengths and weaknesses? Being honest about your writing strengths is critical for you to write a convincing story or essay. Understanding your writing weaknesses is essential to seeking out complementary writers or resources to compensate and balance your writing.

16.    Set micro-goals.
Writing a thesis or a novel is a big goal. These goals can be so large that they become overwhelming. One key to success with any ambitious objective is to take baby steps. Set smaller goals for each week or even each day, if that suits you. This will help keep you on track and keep the task manageable.

17.    Reward yourself.
Small achievements should be celebrated—especially if this is going to keep you motivated. Maybe you wrote daily for one week or you were able to set a new daily words-written goal. Whatever the achievement, you should commemorate your success with something, from your favorite coffee to a new pen.

18.    Own your new role.

Whether you are a budding author or a student working on a thesis, you are a writer. Feel free to own your new role as a writer. Talk about yourself as a writer and share freely about what you are working on. The interest and support you will get from people about your work will inspire your continued writing. Writer’s block happens to all writers at some point. Whether you’re stuck on a the phrasing of a paragraph or you’re struggling with how to cast a new character in your story, it can help to step away from your work and try something new. If you are writing prose, try writing a poem to get words flowing. If you are writing an essay, try writing an article or even a story that solidifies understanding and gets your juices flowing.

When you think of writing, you may not think of the world of high-performance, high-output work. However, writing is a marathon, especially if you are participating in a project like National Novel Writing Month. Tools to track time, help you focus, and track tasks can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. For example, you might want to force yourself to write quickly and not think about editing. To do so, you might work with a Pomodoro timer to create blocks of focused time when you write furiously just to get the words down on paper.

All writing can be helped by detail. Be sure to consider how to incorporate concrete, sensory details into your writing. This is true for fiction and nonfiction writing. Don’t just write that the weather was bad when, in fact, is was drizzly with a bone-biting wind that took the air from your lungs. If you are not sure which words to use, try playing with a thesaurus or with poetry to map out your character descriptions and setting descriptions.

22. Simplify.
When you have got a lot of information to cover for a topic or a character, it can be tempting to lay all that down on paper in the first go-round. This is overwhelming for your potential audience and doesn’t leave much of interest to cover later. Instead, be sure that you have a simple way of thinking and summarizing your information, character, plot, etc. This should be the main idea that you want your reader to take away. Whenever you find yourself diving too deep into a point of information, try to step back and ensure that all that detail is serving the broader goal. It is likely that it won’t and you can scale back a bit.
Your first go at anything you write is going to be awful. If you focus on getting the writing out rather than on making it a masterpiece right out of the gate, you’ll set more realistic expectations for the road ahead. This also takes a lot of stress out of writing. Admit that your first draft sucks but relish the freedom and excitement that can come from just writing what you want. After all, you already know that it will need to be edited. Write without fear. Edit without mercy.

24. Focus. can be easy to get distracted and find things to do that are more urgent than writing. Cut out the excuses and distractions when you write. Whatever kind of writing environment you need, seek that out and cherish it. If you are having trouble with distractions on the Internet, use a site blocker that will prevent you from visiting a site for a given amount of time. Consider also changing settings on your word processor to eliminate visual distractions.
Check back for more tips throughout out the month of November.

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