One thing I’ve done for my writing class this year is give them specific examples of common errors made by students who’ve taken the class in the past. Of course, I don’t include the names of the students whose works/mistakes I feature. I thought it might be interesting to show you some of these examples. All of the examples below were turned in for my Writing in Psychology class. I've indicated the primary issue in bold print. These are not terribly extreme, but if there is interest, at some point I’ll publish some of the more egregious errors I’ve seen. All with names left out, to be sure.
1. It is believed that the easier and more quickly we can bring an example of something to mind, the more frequently we believe it occurs.
2. Therefore, it is apparent that we must rely heavily on our skills and abilities of social perception and attribution to correlate behavior with its causal source.
1. Due to the recession a lot of businesses are going bankrupt, one of the most publicized is that of GMC.
VAGUE TIME REFERENCE:
1. At one point in time you could not watch television without seeing a commercial about the virus.
AGREEMENT IN NUMBER (Plural vs Singular problem):
1. The Psychoanalytic Theory attempts to look at the person’s family life as an explanation of their homosexuality.
1. Many question if the reason why serial killers exists.
WORD CHOICE ERROR:
1. Skin color differences have transcended throughout history.
1. If peer pressure influences adolescents’ decision making, then adolescents who are influence by their peers tend to let their peers influence their sexual attitude.
STATEMENT OF THE OBVIOUS:
1. People usually go through a lot during a normal daily routine.