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This class was tough.
I would recommend this course because there are students far and wide who did not pass the English Language Writing Requirement (ELWR) after taking the Analytical Writing Placement Examination. Students who did not satisfy the ELWR will have no choice but to take Writing 20, a kind of remedial class, to sharpen their writing skills. This course will teach a lot about the do's and don'ts of college writing, particularly when it comes to essays, and the numerous handouts given in class are a huge help. If students think that high school will prepare them for college writing, they are wrong.
After one quarter of this course, I learned that if you are assigned anything by the professor, you should do it right away. Especially essays. Upon assignment, essays should right away be planned, outlined and drafted multiple times. If the coursework seems heavy, and it will be, prioritizing this writing class over other courses such as math, chemistry or other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) courses can and will be necessary. Procrastinating on essays will become a nightmare over time. So I learned you must never procrastinate on essays and other assignments because you will regret it. It is better to finish all work as soon as possible so that you will have little need to worry in the future. Also, if you have a rough draft of an essay already polished and prepared, you should always let other people look over your draft to point out all of your bad habits, flawed logic, flow of ideas, focus etc.
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Students taking up any kind of major, especially for STEM majors, would find it wise to prioritize this writing class above other courses. You do not want to lay in your bed one night and think about what you are going to do about the essay due in the next day or two. Students should give themselves plenty of time to plan, outline and draft essays. Outlining an essay before writing it is a lifesaver. If you are not a particularly good writer, you will find it handy to ask upperclassmen and/or smart friends for help with outlining and revising rough drafts. Also know what you're writing about not just for essays, but informal writings and quick writes too. Your welcome.