Here are some really helpful tips from The Sociology Student Writer's Manual.
"Sociology assignments should be typed or printed on...premium white bond paper, 20 pound or heavier. Sociology that is worth the time to write and read it worth good paper"
"Consider the following examples of sexist and non sexist language:
sexist: Man is a political animal.
corrected: People are political animals."
The book then goes on to explain basic conventions of grammar and punctuation. I'm so glad that I spent $45 on this book >.>