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    Aug 29, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    She was such a sweet professor. She made it a point to make herself as available as possible. Her assignments were interesting and artsy while holding to what's usually expected within the writing curriculum. She made you think without forcibly trying to change your mindset. She was genuinely wanted to know what you thought. The class was like an open forum and she made everyone feel welcome.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed the research project and I used to despise them with a burning passion. But hers, it wasn't set within confining borders, she was willing to listen to any suggestion you gave so long as you were able to have a different argument to defend your choice throughout the month span she gave you to complete the assignment every time she asked.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Well, it's mandatory to take if you ever want to declare your major. Or at least it is at my school, I can't speak for others. So for those who're ready to push their analytical sides, take it, smash it, and walk out with your high average(so long as you put the work into it), declare your major, and embark further onto your journey of bettering your future.

    • Spring 2016
    • Leslie Johnson
    • Yes
    • A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jun 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because Dr. Chadwick is easily one of the best teachers I have ever had in my entire life. She challenged me as a student and a thinker and made me into a great writer.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of this course for me was writing our first research paper and watching it develop from a personal essay, to a descriptive essay, to an analysis essay, then finally to a research essay.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Communicate with Dr. Chadwick and listen to her feedback.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr.Chadwick
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing A Few Big Assignments Meetings Outside of Class
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    May 15, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because Dr. Deborah really gets deep in the meaning of writing and specific details that should be present in your writing. Dr. Deborah also gives organizational and time management skills when it comes to writing. Dr. Deborah gives adequate steps to writing a good paper for someone else to read and also helps you learn how to plan a paper consisting of reasearch, annotated bibliographies, and how to properly use the resources that surround you in the wonderful world of the library. Dr. Deborah also opens of flexible office hours and is very approachable when it come to communicating with her. Dr. Deborah's grading system is very self explanatory and she tries her best to work with you to help you succeed in class. Dr. Deborah is a strict grader but, she wants you to do well so she gives you a chance to fix any mistakes that may come your way in the process of writing a paper. Outside of the classroom, she is a great mentor and a great person to call on whenever you are needing help around campus. Dr. Deborah is a very intelligent professor and continues to shed her light on everyone else that surrounds her. She has received the Distinguished Teacher in UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Teacher in the Humanities Award.

    Course highlights:

    In this course there are so many great highlights. These highlights consisted of the readings that we did in class, the specific information we got on how to use resources available in the library, and interaction with writing and the community. The readings in class consisted of how to write a good paper and how language takes an effect on others. After the reading the readings offered in Dr. Deborah's Class, she took time for us to go over the readings and explain to us what the readings were all about. Therefore, if you didn't keep up with the readings than if you took notes you would have a little knowledge about what is going on. After taking Dr. Deborah's class, my skills on navigating the library as progressed so much! Every time I have a problem with my writings the library reference desk helps me so much! Lastly, the most important part to Dr.Deborah's class is interaction with the community. In Dr. Deborah's class we did a lot of interviewing and learning interview skills while having to do writings on them. This was very enjoyable and really gave me a chance to learn people and the information the comes a behind a unique individual. Everyone's story is so unique.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The best advice I would give students considering this course is to stay organized and have good time management skills. Dr. Deborah makes everything go so smooth and having these proper skills helps you even more. Also, having good communication with Dr. Deborah on something you are struggling with help a lot also. If you just hold back on what you need help with, it could really hurt you in the long run. Lastly, it is vital to connect with your peers in class. When you need help on a certain assignment, your peers are a great resource! On the first day of class, take emails to keep in contact with your peers for when push comes to shove.

    • Fall 2015
    • DeborahJames
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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