Helpful comments by biologist Joan Strassmann.


Isn’t it a shame that some people think writing is a born talent, not a learned trade? We writers know that is not true, so we all have our methods for helping others also become writers. There is a lot of debate about how to do it. Should you give extensive comments or just a summary at the end? Should you require rewriting, or just hope students learn from comments on one thing for their next project? Should you team them together to comment on each other’s work? How much should they be writing?

One thing that is clear for graduate students is that they should be writing a lot. They should not wait until they have something to say to write. By this I mean they should not wait until their experiments are done, or their review paper fully researched. They should be writing all the time. They should…

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