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    Jun 19, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    No matter what this class is required for the English part B, so if you were unfortunate like I was you will have to take this course. I wish I knew that this class was mainly about reading books and then relating what was written to literacy. This class at UWMilwaukee is called Strategies of Academic Writing but that's not what I experienced taking this course. We read all sorts of works like poems, books, articles you name it. Then we would talk about how it made us feel and then take what the author wrote and relate it to literacy. In the beginning of this class Mrs. Nordstrom asked us to describe what literacy was after we read an article by Jay Robinson. In Robinson's article he stated how literacy could be described as someone being literate in something. For example, if you were getting your car fixed you would go to a mechanic to fix your car not someone who knows how to fix computers. Robinson would say that the computer technician is literate in fixing cars and vice versa, but when we wrote similar scenarios to the one I just described, Mrs. Nordstrom would tell us to further expand the idea and that literacy should be describe as its literal meaning of reading and writing. Which was confusing but eventually got cleared up and made writing a little easier. As I stated this class was supposed to be about Strategies of Academic Writing which is what I hoped it was about going into this course, because I have always wanted a chance to improve my writing skills.

    Course highlights:

    I did learn about a few writing strategies that weren't introduce till about halfway through the semester almost towards the end. It was a nice idea to set a timer and start writing your thoughts then after that 20 minutes was up, reread what you wrote and highlight or underline a few main ideas. Once you found your main ideas, you choose one you like best then write for another 10-20 minutes and reread your thoughts on that idea then repeat one last time. I did this a few times and basically wrote a whole paper from my thoughts and had to find the quotes or other information from our articles we read to relate to what I was explaining. Another strategy that stuck with me is having a few people with you once you've written down the central idea of your paper and then have their input to help you further explain your thoughts.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would definitely try to read all the material listed and make sure you keep up with the syllabus and the dates. I thought I was reading ahead and then all of a sudden I didn't check the syllabus and noticed that when coming into class on that following Monday after Spring break an entire book of 200+ pages was due and I was only about 50 pages in the book. It definitely a lot of reading so for those who love to read you will really enjoy this class. I would also recommend doing the reading responses a little earlier than the night before or the day of, because the more questions you ask the more information you will get for an idea of what the teacher expects of you. Plus if you do well on the reading responses, when the unit essays arrive you will basically have parts of your unit essays from your well written reading responses. Also make sure you participate a lot in class because that's a good chunk of your grade as well as the reading and writing.

    • Spring 2016
    • Ingrid Nordstrom
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    May 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it challenges everything you were taught in high school. Meaning in this class you have to open your mind up and write in your own style. Teachers in high school teacher you how to write a specific way so that you're ready for college and in this class you learn that what your HS teachers have taught you are wrong. You need to challenge your sources yourself and the teacher, not just write exactly what the print wants

    Course highlights:

    The HIgh lights of this course was finding myself as a writer academically through all the different books and articles that we have read. I learned that no one is harsher than yourself when it comes to writing.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To be involved in c lass discussions and small group work because in the end it really benefits your writing and thoughts.

    • Spring 2016
    • Ingrid Nordstrom
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Feb 02, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It can help you study for exams

    Course highlights:

    How to improve m y writing skills

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you study for the exams

    • Spring 2016
    • KAHN
    • Yes

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