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    Apr 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    My professor did a fantastic job of guiding her students through their essays, helping them consolidate their ideas and evaluate what information to include and what to leave out. She was great about being available to help her students, and since this was one of the first courses I took at the University of New Hampshire, that showed me that teachers at the University truly care about their students and are willing to do whatever that can to assist them in their coursework.

    Course highlights:

    I loved the assigned readings for the course, especially "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven", a collection of short stories about Indians on a Reservation on the west coast. I learned a lot about myself as a writer, and different strategies for collecting your own ideas before diving straight into writing, which is what I previously did when writing and my papers suffered as a result.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest that students take advantage of your teachers office hours, as they are your greatest resource. They can help you figure out what you want to write about and give you a sense of direction in terms of where your paper should go and what it should cover.

    • Fall 2016
    • Rebecca Van Horn
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments
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    Mar 14, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend it because whether you like writing or not it's your very first English class as a college student. It sets you up for what to expect and how to handle your writing.​

    Course highlights:

    Some highlights were being able to have assignments that I had never done in writing classes prior. It was enjoyable and made writing easier. I also learned that while being able to write about personal situations, to be willing to be open to having students read my work. Not only about personal stories, but to be vulnerable about my writing.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Some advice would be to be willing to be vulnerable about your writing. Also don't be afraid to email the professor. That's what the professor is there for. They won't be annoyed, they'll be happy to know how much you care about the assignment​.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr. Beemer
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Final Paper
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    Dec 22, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    There are a total of three essays you will write in this course. If you paste yourself and ask when you have a question it is very doable to get an A. She is always available on e-mail. She gets back to in a day or two and if you ever want to meet with her just e-mail her and she would be more than happy to make an appointment.

    Course highlights:

    A highlight of this course was the final project which was where we took our research essay and turned it into a medium which is like a video or an advertisement. I enjoyed doing this it was not too stressful. Also for the all the essay there are 5 extra points possible by doing the peer review.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not stress out about this class. Also just try your hardest when writing and if you are struggling talk to her; she is approachable and essay to talk to.

    • Fall 2016
    • Melinda white
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Requires Presentations

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