Imagine starting a term paper with the following statements:
"Before I begin, I just want to point out that I've had a cold for the past few days so my head's a little cloudy. Also, I didn't get much sleep the last few nights, so I'm really tired. Oh, and I had to kind of write this paper in a hurry. So if it's not the best thing in the world, please bear with me."
You wouldn't start a term paper like that, would you? So how come so many students begin their classroom speeches with similar statements? Read More