A few tips for consolidating Class Notes (for CLTs):

  • Consolidate your class's notes into a 1000-1200 word submission
  • Write the narrative in the third person.
  • Name formats (note the direction of the apostrophe; it is a common error):
    o Mike Pope ’12
    o Jane X. Harper Doe ’78 and John Q. Doe ’76

    o Jane F. Doe M-D’50
  • Use quotation marks to quote a class member directly.
    o Ex. John Q. Doe ’76 was recently “thrilled to shake the hand of Nobel Laureate, Malala Yousefzai,” at a chance meeting in a Boston coffee shop—so thrilled that he forgot to ask for an autograph.
  • Punctuation: Do not use the serial comma. Periods and commas go inside quotation marks.
  • Trimming:
    o Removing phrases like “in order to” and “so that” can sharpen and shorten the text.
    o Cut redundant pairs (“true facts,” “end result”)
    o Consider using possessive instead of “of.”
    o Adverbs are rarely necessary. (This demonstrates justified use.)
    o If you’re really interested in exploring ways to cut, here is a great place to start: owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/572/02/
  • A comprehensive guide on LU style and usage can be found here: lawrence.edu/info/offices/communications/style_guide


Example of Consolidated Class Notes


Finally, keep in mind that, prior to publication, your edited submissions will be proofread by staff—do not feel pressured to achieve perfection! Your contribution is truly appreciated.