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Quill PenTips for Writers by Brad

May 12, 2002

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Assigned a Paragraph? Write ONE!

I feel frustrated when students fail to read instructions carefully before they begin to write. Not only that, but I must lower a student's marks when a student does not follow instructions.

One of the most common mistakes students make, particularly in test situations, is to write more than one paragraph when asked for ONE!

In this case, more is not better. Remember that teachers use the Conventions, Form, Style, and Meaning marking system. The "form" mark must be lowered if a student mistakenly writes multiple paragraphs for a one paragraph assignment.

So, one way to do better on the upcoming Certificate Tests: follow instructions and write ONE paragraph if that is all your teachers require!

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