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3.0 Writing for Classes Here's what we'll work on in this chapter: Understanding why writing is vital to your success in college Knowing what instructors in college expect of you as a writer Using the writing process to achieve your best work Identifying common errors and become a better editor of your own work Responding to an instructor's feedback on your work in progress and on your final paper Using sources appropriately and avoiding plagiarism The Importance of Writing As a form of communication, writing is different from oral communication in several ways. Instructors expect writing to be well thought out and organized and to explain ideas fully. In oral communication, the listener can ask for clarification, but in written work, everything must be clear within the writing itself. Students are usually required to take at least one writing course in their first year of college. That course is often crucial for your success in college. But a writing course can help you only if you recognize how it connects to your other work in college. If you approach your writing course merely as another hoop you need to jump through, you may miss out on the main message: writing is vital to your academic success at every step toward your degree. 3.1 What's Different about College Writing? Learning Objectives Define “academic writing.”
Note how this list is similar to the words used in examination questions that involve writing. This overlap is not a coincidence—essay exams are an abbreviated form of academic writing such as a class paper. Sometimes the key words listed don't actually appear in the written assignment, but they are usually

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