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    Jul 07, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Before every written assignment was due, Professor Webster set up conferences with him and each student during his office hours. They were designed to create conversation about the topic and ideas on how to improve. I think they helped me a lot and were very beneficial for my writing. Every time a meeting concluded, I walked out with more confidence in my topic than when I came in. I immediately began omitting unnecessary words and adding more concise pieces so that the paper was to the standard of what we discussed prior.

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    The writing assignments varied from short responses to 5-6 page papers. The topics differed from describing the Dimond Library on the UNH campus to writing about your favorite television character and describing them as a hero. One of my favorite assignments was writing a persuasive paper in three lenses: the logical, emotional, and ethical reasoning for the argument. This allowed the class to adjust to different techniques in their writing styles depending on the topic. Each student picked one argument and wrote three different papers. I argued that millennials should listen to the music of their parents' and grandparents' generation. I examined the topic and wrote from a logical, ethical, and emotional perspective on why I support the music of our parents' and grandparents' generation to be active in the millennials music experience For me, I learned how to modify the paper and make my thoughts clear for the different approaches, which I never thought about prior to the class.

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    3-5 hours

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    I love English and writing my thoughts on paper, but I always struggled to achieve the "perfect" essay: less grammar mistakes, intelligent descriptive words, confidence, etc. Why would I stop something I love because I seemed to struggle? The course encouraged me to work harder on achieving a mature style of writing. With the help of the smaller assignments, the discussions in class, and the conferences in the office hours, I believe I grew not only as a writer, but also as a student, learning about respect for your writing and how you can truly treasure it; how to approach a paper as a college student versus a high school senior.

    • Spring 2016
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