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Unformatted text preview: Y &#0; S U HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR PERFORMANCE IN TIMED WRITING ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Borrowed, with some embarrassing adaptations (and illustrations courtesy of Posada & Michelangelo) from The W R I T E R S R E S O U R C E L A B C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y , L O N G B E A C H Recognize the Truth about Timed Writing: Just about everyone feels threatened, scared, and highly stressed when faced with a timed-writing situation. This reaction is perfectly normal, and you can take comfort in knowing that your teacher enjoys your suffering. The bad news is that theres no escaping timed writing. Youre going to run into it: essay exams in classes, the Writing Proficiency Exam, even writing to a deadline on the job. The good news is that readers expect the product of timed writing to be different from other writing. In aca- demic settings, readers expect timed writings to have some surface errors that they dont expect in finished, revised essays. Control Your Response to Timed Writing: Do not allow yourself to be intimidated. You may have observed students who just plow right in and seem to love timed writings. They may start writing before anyone, finish before anyone else, and even earn a high grade. Yes, these adrenaline addicts do exist. In the past, they may have intimidated even you. Dont let them. You need to realize that these writers may not do as well in revised writings because they dont get the same high from sustained mental effort, real intellectual work. These students are not necessarily the better writers in the class. Do not worry about these students. worry about these students....
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2010 for the course ENG 110 taught by Professor Whitchurch during the Spring '10 term at Golden West College.
- Spring '10