There is something about writing for college that makes students uneasy. It seems so fuzzy and abstract that you end up feeling uncomfortable, as though the assignments are thrust upon you, demanding an intellectual effort that you may not yet have.
But you know college writing requires you to enter a realm of smart, complex ideas that others have written about and that you have to navigate, understand, and interact with just as intelligently. It’s a lot to ask for. It makes you feel like a stranger in a strange land. You might at times even hate writing.
This module will help you explore strategies for developing your ability to understand assignments, interact with content, and thoughtfully respond as a critical and collegiate writer.
Review this video called I Hate Writing by T.R. Johnson, Associate Professor of English at Tulane University:
After successfully completing this module, you should be able to:
- Discuss strategies to understand academic writing assignments.
- Discover critical thinking strategies for responding to academic writing assignments.
- Prepare a summary of a text.
- Identify how to avoid plagiarism and how to cite sources.