This is the "Essay Writing and Grammar Tips" page of the "The Writing Studio at Watkins Library" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

The Writing Studio at Watkins Library  

Reflect. Explore. Create.
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Essay Writing and Grammar Tips Print Page

10 Simple Steps to Writing a Bad Ass Essay


More Resources for Grammar and Punctuation Practice!

Check out this wealth of handouts from our friends at the University Writing Center at Middle Tennessee State University, covering grammar, punctuation, research and documentation, speech writing, and general writing skills.


Grammar and Punctuation Practice!

 If you need to brush up on your grammar and punctuation skills, whether it be run-ons, fragments, comma splices, semi-colons, or any of the other common writing problems,these exercises could help!


Exercises I

Exercises II

Exercises III

Commas with Nonessential Elements Exercise

OVERVIEW OF COMMA USE RULES (a great, comprehensive review that just might cure you of some misunderstanding or bad habits)

APOSTROPHES (They may get no respect in text messaging, but make sure you use them—-and use them correctly—-in your writing, whether casual, academic, or professional.)

Apostrophe Exercise


Fragments Exercise I

Fragments Exercise II

Fragments Exercise III



3 Fabulous Rules for Eliminating Wordiness in Your Sentences (So helpful!)

Eliminating Wordiness Exercise I

Eliminating Wordiness Exercise II

QUOTINGPARAPHRASINGAND SUMMARIZING (If you’re using sources in your writing, you need to review this. No question.)


More on paraphrasing

Writing About Literature

Writing about Literature Diagram


All of the information under this heading is borrowed from Purdue University’s OWL (Online Writing Lab). Check out the OWL site further for help with virtually any aspect of writing and research.


Loading  Loading...