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WRIT 150 Writing and Critical Reasoning, Health and Healing

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    YvonnePuig, JAYFISHER, Manson, Delgado, EricRawson, ErikaNanes, CarlosAntonioDelgado, IndraMukhopadhyay, VanessaCarlisle, EmilyLaurenArtiano, RochelleGold, Streifer, Alexis Landau, DARBY, Chase smith, zoe kemp, Laurie Fisher, Deborah Sims, AnneFarnsworth, JESSICA, Dissinger, Daniel, Elizabeth Durst, VanessaOsborne, Alisa Sanchez, Kate Levin, Meridith M Kruse, Nicole Darling, Daniel Pecchenino, JeffreyChisum, Rochelle K Gold, Christina Belcher, LauraCaroll-Adler
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    Aug 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    He's an amazing teacher who truly cares about the individual growth of his students. He seeks for his students to walk away with more than just a grade. He truly wants his students to be able to see the world in a new perspective.

    Course highlights:

    His classes are highly focused around conversation. If you're not comfortable with that, you may not particularly enjoy his class. However, it does push you to really think. He'll offer different lenses for you to view the world with, but you'll walk away viewing the world differently but in your own unique perspective. You will come to realize that the events of today all stem from something more complicated that's been present throughout the past.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Force yourself to participate in class discussions and if you need help, never be scared to reach out to him or to meet with him as many times as you need outside of class! He truly cares about his students and is willing to put in the effort that you put into his class. DON'T procrastinate on reading assignments!

    • Fall 2016
    • CarlosAntonioDelgado
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Jun 29, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Though every WRIT150 course will be challenging and you will carry the burden of a heavy workload, Dr. Jeffrey Chisum's class about technology and social change was a truly fascinating and thought-provoking class. With your assignments being to watch episodes of the Netflix original series "Black Mirror" and writing responses to it, Dr. Chisum's course taught me to look at the world and the way I view technology in a whole new perspective. It really makes one think how important (or unimportant) certain technologies *really* are in our society.

    Course highlights:

    I truly did become a better writer because of this course, which was, of course, the class's main objective. But it taught me to really examine the technology that I am using and how valuable the devices around me really are.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    You have four big writing assignments throughout the entire semester, and you get each prompt nearly a month in advance. Don't wait until the week before the paper is due to start, especially if it requires additional research. That may slide in high school, but it is much harder to get away with in college; these professors can catch fluff right away. Right when you receive your prompt, have an idea of what you could write about and make rough drafts of possible outlines. It is so much better for you to have a detailed outline to work off of rather than hoping the right ideas will come to your head. And it will make your writing process so much easier if you know exactly what it is you want to write about. Also, though you only have four writing projects throughout the course of the semester, one bad grade early on could change the result of your final grade. So make sure you take each project as seriously as a final exam.

    • Spring 2017
    • JeffreyChisum
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    May 24, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    WRIT150 is a required writing course for all freshmen as it is meant to prepare underclassmen for the rigorous expectations of the upper-division courses they are bound to take at USC. I would definitely recommend taking WRIT150 with Emily because of how effective she is. Firstly, she is a very fair grader. At the beginning of the semester she gives her students the exact rubric she’ll be using to grade papers so that there is no confusion on what is expected. Next, she gives very focused and constructive criticism after every assignment. Her feedback is clear and, as long as you do what she asks or change what she comments on, you can expect your grade to progressively get better. Finally, she is always available for office hours. When I say available I mean not only physically (obviously), but more importantly mentally. She gives each student her undivided attention in her sessions and provides direction on how to improve your writing. My writing has improved exponentially thanks to her class.

    Course highlights:

    Each WRIT150 section is a general writing course; you get to choose a thematic approach. The one I took with Emily was Issues in Law and Social Justice. Therefore, given the current, volatile sociopolitical climate of this country, the highlight of the course was the in-depth and relevant discussions we had about the complex relationship with the law and social justice. With these discussions, I learned how to better navigate conversations with others who have different opinions than me because a lot of the topics we talked about could be considered polarizing. In a more general sense, I, as I'm sure most students who took WRIT150 did, learned how to write with a refined sense of clarity and persuasiveness that I am sure will carry over to my other courses.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    My main advice would be to take the ancillary assignments seriously. While the four papers that we write account for most of the grade, the little assignments (rough drafts, research, thesis development activities, etc.) are all geared towards making the actual essays easier to write. If you put them off or fail to take them seriously, it only makes the big assignments more difficult and time-consuming. Also, I would say that the doing the ancillary assignments competently and completely is crucial to making the most out of the class; otherwise you are wasting your own time.

    • Spring 2017
    • EmilyLaurenArtiano
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments Great Discussions

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