Notable Features


The FAVORS Glossary defines more than 175 margin comments. Example terms include “Audience,” “Awkward,” “Cliche,” “Lacks a Clear Argument,” and “Misquoting the Evidence.”

The comments derive from both undergraduate and graduate papers written by our Editorial Director, Regina Y. Favors. By sifting through past academic papers written for English classes, 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.


The FAVORS Glossary has a conversational, student-friendly tone. At the same time, the tone doesn’t hinder professors from using it as lecture material.

The glossary uses examples and steps to walk students through the process of revising the thesis, topic sentences, paragraphs, use of quotes, and other essay content. It utilizes everyday terminology to help students visualize how to revise.

For example, we know from experience that each sock has a match. We picture this in our minds and say aloud, “All socks must match.” The same is true of a topic sentence matching a thesis. Jane isn’t nice, pretty, and smart in the thesis, but ugly in the fourth paragraph. This quality of Jane is nowhere present within the thesis. Therefore, a topic sentence must match each element, or part, of a thesis.

The glossary functions similarly to a drop-in writing tutor, guiding students throughout the revision process.


The FAVORS Glossary is also comparable to a post-writing checklist. It recycles common concepts used within the writing process. For example, “brainstorming” is a standard pre-writing concept. The glossary takes the concept and teaches students how to apply it to the revision process. Students learn how to brainstorm techniques for removing unnecessary content, expanding upon quotes, and restructuring topic sentences to ensure the paper is logical and effective.


The FAVORS Glossary serves primarily as a uniform code of comments for the English academic community. It uniquely closes the communication gap between the professor and the student.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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