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ENGLISH ENGC -1101 Freshman Composition

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    Mauch, Matthew, Dan Darling, Daniel Darling, Eric Wardell, Rosenfeld, Nina, Paula Garland, Frankenfeld, James, Alicia Conroy, Janet Red Feather, Linda Seiford, O'Donnell, Patrick, Ignatius Esele
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    • Medium 53%

    • Hard 13%

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    Lots of Writing

    Always Do the Reading

    Final Paper

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    Jul 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course was very informative and interesting. I would take it again.

    Course highlights:

    My writing and ability to research for a paper definitely improved.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not take long finding a topic. Stick with one you know, and research it immdiately.

    • Fall 2016
    • O'Donnell, Patrick
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Final Paper
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    Jun 27, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's a great way to brush up on your writing skills, writing professionally and developing communications skills in a way where it'll benefit later in life.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight was writing creatively, I love creative writing and it's such a joy to write stories.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It is a requirement already in most colleges searched, but it's a class to not slack off on. It'll help you so much later.

    • Fall 2017
    • Ignatius Esele
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading
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    Jun 12, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I was in the honors version of this class, but to my understanding, Patrick teaches both. Patrick was amazing! He has this dry sense of humor that can make the silliest of mistakes feel like a landslide, but he makes the course as easy to understand as he possibly can, given state limitations. During my semester with Patrick, my rusty writing skills got the polish - and the succor! - that they needed. He walked us through the basics to the theory to highest examples he could possibly give, and his resources made connections that I'm still exploring. I loved reading his contemporary textbooks, and his unit on how people think. Really good course, mixed in a bit everything without feeling cheesy or over-done. 10/10, would do again!

    Course highlights:

    The major priorities were: 1. Being able to describe/understanding in its entire complexity - this is a composition course, so we did spend time working to improve our descriptive skills, in both creative and nonfictional settings. We worked on these skills by sharing out what we had written (he calls by roll, so you know when to go), and by watching videos that discussed how we could better understand how people and objects are built. 2. Understanding what it means to be a writer - in any capacity, as a creative author, a job applicant, or as a serious worker bee hunkering down at a writing firm, Patrick has you covered. He walks through the various walks of life, points out the similarities, and breaks down the skills you need to be a serious, accomplished essayist. He showed us some of his previous students' work, talks through the edits, and then asks you to play around until you feel comfortable with what you have. Lots of time for essay projects! 3. Gaining resources relevant to a writing career - pry the most simplest to understand: Patrick gave us resources to use as a writer, in any capacity, resources I sadly had to return, as state-bought books have to be returned. In any case, the textbooks were sheer gold, and I'm on the hunt to find them again!!

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Plan your schedule around the essays. Be aware of the resources available at the library, especially if you have a few hours before your next class - it's great to let an idea fester and ferment into something great, but don't forget the deadline!!

    • Spring 2017
    • O'Donnell, Patrick
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts


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