STUDENT SUCCESS & A handy flowchart to identify where to put the apostrophe.

Commentary by Professor B: No one said English was easy. But it does sometimes become very logical. My students may want to consult this helpful “flow chart” when writing their papers to avoid grammatical errors with apostrophes.

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STUDENT SUCCESS & Tutoring Resources for Help With Grammar, Paper Formatting & more

by Bob Whitesel, D.Min., Ph.D., 9/27/15.

Graduate work is very different from undergraduate work. The level of research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation will increase (see this chart of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Critical Thinking Skills). The key is don’t wait until you get behind or a low grade before you consult these resources. If you think you might be needing some help, take a look at them today.

To help you do well I have compiled for you a list of IWU resources with links:

1)  First read my posting about: STUDENT SUCCESS & Hints + Videos That Help Students Do Better at Wesley Seminary where you will find:

  • how to order your books,
  • why you should always check the “Faculty Forum” for updates and hints for doing well,
  • and four (4) videos on writing in seminary, APA format, self-discipline and how do use your Off-campus Library Service.

2)  You also may sometimes find you are having trouble remembering the grammar you learned in college. If so, check out the writing resources under the “IWU Resources” link, under the “Course Home” button on the left side of your course page (click to enlarge the screen shot depicting how to access this and other resources from your IWU course page).

  • Click here to access: SMARTHINKING. This is a 24–7 online tutoring and writing center. It is made available to you from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • And click on GRAMMARLY, to get help with free proofreading and writing editor.


3) If you’re having trouble formatting your papers in APA style, check out the Purdue University online writing Lab owl at this link:

4)  If you are feeling down and just need someone to talk to, here is link to a list of my colleagues in SpiritCare. They are pastors who are available to talk, encourage, inspire and even just listen.

STUDENT SUCCESS & Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel:  If my students would read this, it would cut down considerably on my grading (and raise up their total points).  Here to help!

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GRAMMAR & A Quick Guide to Avoiding Common Writing Errors #HarvardBusinessReview

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Here is a concise and helpful article about the grammatical mistakes that I daily encounter in student papers. Reading this short overview can help students not only become better communicators but also raise their grade. The article also touches upon writing styles but it does not address APA style (which we use). For a helpful primer on APA the student should consult Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab (”

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