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FWM Parent Publishes New EBook

October 10, 2011

FWM Parent Publishes New EBook

FLC Aims to Help Students Struggling with Academic Writing

DALLAS, Texas. – October 10, 2011 Favors Writing Management – FWM announced on October 7, 2011 that its parent company, Favors Learning Center, has just published a new eBook on the academic revision writing process.

Academic Writing Issues Today

Students often find it difficult to manage time effectively when they have to write an English paper. All they know is read the essay prompt, write the paper, add the required number of reference sources, type the paper, add citation references, “check for grammar,” and print it. In fact, both students and professors alike have adopted these methods for meeting the requirements of classroom and final writing assignments.

Students also struggle with understanding what a professor wants. The professor’s job is simply to teach students about concepts that underlie the English discipline, which include the principles of literature, writing, and teaching. Sometimes this goal becomes the only focus of the professor, which contributes to the disconnect with the student. In essence, the professor becomes an information resource versus a mentor capable of demonstrating the practical aspects of writing and revising English essays.

For example, professors write margin comments on students’ papers, expecting each student to understand what the comment means within the context of the paragraph. The professors attach a grade to the paper. The student takes the paper home, looks only at the grade at the top, and discards the comment mentally. For both the professor and the student, the grade is the goal.

When asked why a writing handbook on margin comments is important for today’s students, CEO and Chief Instructional Designer Regina Y. Favors of Favors Learning Center states, “What happens to the comment? The only time the comment really becomes important is when the professor allows the student to revise the paper for a higher grade. The student never thinks about the grade in relation to the comment and the professor doesn’t explain the connection to the student. We believe that students need to learn how to revise the academic paper based upon the margin comments. This will help them to understand every part of the writing and revision processes.”

But students don’t always learn these fundamental concepts. They focus their energies more on writing than revising. For example, academic writing textbooks primarily teach students how to brainstorm the topic, develop the idea, create a thesis, incorporate supporting evidence, and use the citation reference manuals to prevent plagiarism. When students have finished the paper, they conduct a general proofread of the content, focusing their efforts more on revising for grammar. However, they don’t revise sentences for balance, coherence, logic, and organization nor do writing instructors teach students the practical steps necessary for ensuring that the paper as a whole reflects a sound assessment of the topic.

Ms. Favors states, “Professors need to adopt practical methods for teaching revision that include helping students apply margin comments during the process of revising academic essays. In the same vein, students need to develop better time-management skills by creating a schedule for implementing the revision process. Only then will both parties collaborate effectively in fully developing the academic essay. That’s why we believe The FAVORS Glossary will be a central resource  for both professor and student.”

Ms. Favors further states that the goal of the eBook is to function as a uniform code of comments. The company’s primary objective for the project is to encourage mobile learning.

About the eBook

The FAVORS Glossary: Guide to Using Margin Comments for Revising Academic Essays is an academic writing companion textbook that provides a lengthy exploration of the revision process. It comprises a list of popular feedback comments professors write within the margins of student essays. The glossary grows from a primary concern for college students who struggle with the process of revising academic papers and applying margin comments during the revision process. It serves as a comprehensive solution to bridge the communication gap between English professors and students of writing and research papers. It answers the question, “What does my professor mean by this?”

Written by Regina Y. Favors, The FAVORS Glossary defines more than 175 margin comments. Example terms include “Audience,” “Awkward,” “Cliche,” “Lacks a Clear Argument,” “Be Specific,” and “Misquoting the Evidence.” The explanations for each comment derive from both undergraduate and graduate papers written by the author. By sifting through past academic papers written for English classes, Ms. Favors was able to extract comments from over 100 one-page responses, five-page papers, longer essays, and take-home and in-class final exams.

Unlike many academic writing textbooks on the market today, The FAVORS Glossary primarily uses popular margin comments to help students understand how the professor sees the paper. Students not only learn how to receive a grade, but they also receive knowledge about how to revise the paper according to the professor’s instructions implied by the margin comment.

With this in mind, The FAVORS Glossary is practical, student-friendly, and encouraging, but doesn’t hinder traditional learning objectives. It functions similarly to a university English department’s drop-in writing tutor. It presents examples and steps to walk students through the process of revising the thesis, topic sentences, paragraphs, uses of quotes, and other essay content. It utilizes everyday terminology to help students visualize how to revise academic papers.

Structure

The FAVORS Glossary comprises 10 major chapters, which house explanations of multiple margin comments.

The first part of the book offers a student essay.  It serves as the example for many of the comments. The essay represents a sophomore English paper written by the author on the literary work of John Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums.” The purpose of including the essay is to demonstrate the inconsistencies with the student’s interpretation of the author’s original work.

The second part of the book focuses primarily on the drafting processes. Chapters 1 through 3 highlight problems with the first, second, and third drafts. Chapter 2 represents the longest chapter of the glossary.

The third and last part of the glossary focuses on multiple revision processes. For example, Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 teach students how to revise the thesis, topic sentences, supporting evidence, transitions, and analysis, respectively. Chapter 9 represents the longest comment of the glossary.

Each chapter of the book houses multiple margin comments that offer practical steps for revising parts of the academic essay.

The FAVORS Glossary includes an eLearning component. The online website functions as an academic teaching blog.

About the Author

Regina Y. Favors is the founder of Favors Learning Center. As CEO, Ms. Favors is responsible for the strategic direction of the center. Favors develops the online marketing budget, creates the guidelines for published articles, and manages the development of company and subsidiary policies, bylaws, procedure documentation, and legal agreements (work-made-for-hire). Favors writes and develops the content and guidelines for the academic textbooks. Favors is the sole author of The FAVORS Glossary.

Ms. Favors is also the founder, President and Editorial Director of Favors Writing Management, an Internet-based content development and communications management organization. As Editorial Director, Favors creates, develops, and manages guidelines for published articles housed on third-party contractor websites. Favors develops policies for ghostwriting, legal writing, copywriting, and business writing services delivered through FWM.

Ms. Favors has over 10 years of combined experience in teaching, tutoring, and writing. Favors has completed both a B.A. and an M.A. in English from San Diego State University.

Favors Learning Center

Favors Learning Center is a learning management solutions provider. FLC creates, develops, and distributes academic writing content via eBook, online learning, and print formats.

Founded in May 2006, FLC provides educational support services to universities and government entities seeking solutions for curriculum development and education management. In addition, FLC provides online academic instruction in English, ESL, and business subjects.

About Favors Writing Management

Favors Learning Center is the parent company of Favors Writing Management. FWM is the commercial services arm of the company.

FWM offers solutions for providers of online reference and website content. The company provides content development, professional editing, and procedure documentation development services.

Favors Writing Management manages the online distribution of eBook and blogging content created by Favors Learning Center. FWM also creates, develops, and publishes business eLearning textbooks separately from FLC. Current projects for FWM include developing the blog management and social media marketing service units.

About Favors Publications

By January 2012, Favors Learning Center will begin strategic planning for Favors Publications, LLC, which will house English Hall Press, LLC.

The mission of Favors Publications, LLC will be to provide a printing medium for all company documents and affiliated commercial products. The press will publish all Favors Learning Center online teaching materials in print formats and will also publish the textbooks under Favors Writing Management.

Favors Publications, LLC will publish corporate materials under FLC that include company annual reports, business plans, test taking manuals, employee handbooks, and college prep materials.

For the first two years of operation, FLC will continue to work with a self-publishing company to generate revenue. FLC will follow this up by formally establishing the publishing company by the end of 2012. Favors Publications will serve as the publishing arm for FLC.

The FAVORS Glossary eBook is available on both Amazon.com and Lulu.com.

Publication of the eBook is a joint effort between Favors Publications and Lulu.com.

The print format for the title is currently in development.

Note to Editors: For more information about The FAVORS Glossary, FLC, FWM, and Favors Publications, including news and updates, please click on recent press releases housed on the FWM Company News Center site. You may visit the eLearning component of The FAVORS Glossary by clicking the link below.

Contact

You can reach Regina Y. Favors directly.

Regina Y. Favors
Founder, President and Editorial Director
Favors Writing Management
Email: reginayfavors@yahoo.com

Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/favorswritingmanagement.com

The FAVORS Glossary: http://thefavorsglossary.wordpress.com

Favors Learning Center: http://favorslearningcenter.wordpress.com

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