Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Being able to convey ideas concisely and coherently is immensely beneficial in any work-related or educational environment, and this class was very helpful in setting the foundation for better writing. An issue I faced in high school was finding the corrections for my papers vague. Professor Regan solved this problem by breaking down writing into parts, like sentence structure or overall organization, so that we could understand our weaknesses and focus on correcting them.
The deal with this class is that the difficulty does not scale, which means each paper returned should be an improved grade, so my favorite moments were getting back papers. It is so satisfying to see your writing skills improve objectively. The most important lesson I learned about writing (which applies to me and maybe not you) is to outline the entire paper and check in with the professor about said outline; bouncing your ideas off the professor saves so much time and effort and allows for the essay to grow as one big paper rather than separate paragraphs sliced together.
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Advice for students:
First of all, talk to your professor and to maximize the efficiency of those talks bring in an outline. The second advice I can give is to think about your papers beyond the computer. My old English teacher used to say to me, "put it on the back burner when you're not writing," which is very helpful formulating the ideas and themes of the paper. On the technical side, be prepared to trash your writing over and over. Read it through out loud. Flip the sentence structure. Flip the organizational structure of the whole paper. Good writing takes hours of revision-- for anybody-- because writing can always be smoothed over or added on to.