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Avoid negativity — try using prefixes or avoid using “not” by rephrasing your sentences

Negative messages may turn off some readers. And for some writers, “not” is a favourite word.  Check your writing.

Test yourself

How can you transmit the same message in a more positive way?

  1. The instructors who are responsible for the online learning course are not trained on how to design such courses.  
  2. Some students are not skilled in using technology.
  3. Sometimes the instructor can be a facilitator not just a teacher.
  4. Poor mental health does not encourage professional performance.
  5. As a reminder, the absence of an illness does not exclude a mental health concern.

Answer key

  1. The instructors who are responsible for the online learning course need training on how to design such courses.  
  2. Some students need training on using/are unfamiliar with using technology.
  3. Sometimes the instructor can be a facilitator as well as a teacher/both a teacher and facilitator.
  4. Poor mental health impedes professionalperformance.
  5. As a reminder, a patient who presents without any illness may still have a mental health concern.

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Carol Waites (PhD)
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