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    Lots of Writing

    Always Do the Reading

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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course on it's own is a fun but thought provoking course it requires a lot of focus. With Professor Spencer, the course challenges were tough but achieveable. Professor Spencer gave the best advice, the best brutally honest critiques and offered a great amount of resources out side of herself to students who were still having issues grasping certain ideas. I personally love writing so I find it extremely sad when I can't find the motivation to write or can't find the words or ideas to write with or about but Professor Spencer was more than helpful when it came down to that issue, she allowed us to do many workshops in class that helped push us along.

    Course highlights:

    Because this course is a research English course, a lot of students go in there with high anxiety and stress. Every student dreads the research paper because it feels as if you are being forced to drag on and on about a subject that truly doesn't interest you. Maybe a subject that was instead picked out by a professor,but when it came down to it my professor taught me that one it's important that you pick a topic you don't know about , but you are truly intersted in learning about so maybe research about that question you've been wondering about but never felt it was important enough to ask, because you will almost always be suprised about the things you can learn about it. Two, don't set tight limits on your self but still set limits, many times we try to ask broad questions for instance a research paper about cancer and it's cure shouldn't read: "are there any cures or promising advancements for curing caner?", but instead should be more specific so something like, "Can Huntington's disease be a possible cure for brain cancer?" or maybe " are there any promising advancements for curing brain cancer". We do this so that when it comes down to asking looking for an answer you aren't overwhelmed with feedback. Doing this also give you a nice lengthy paper actually filled with information and reliable resources.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    1) Read the book you are assigned for the class: Read the table of contents and mark the areas in which you might need to refer back to. For instance if you have a problem concluding you're papers, than you would mark the chapter on the table of contents labeled, "Concluding Your Paper". 2) Ask Questions: There is no such thing as a stupid question, if you feel uncertain or unsure about something than ask about it. Don't sit there and wait it our or just follow your gut, the chances are everybody in the class is unsure or has a misunderstanding is relying on another person to ask the question. 3) Ask for help: You are going to be writing a paper, and the chances are that if you are taking an English course, it's a requirement for you pass the class in order for you to move on to classes that are going towards your degree. So if you find your self wondering about wither the wording on your paper is right or wrong than ask the teacher to read over it. If you are worried about writing in an unprofessional tone ask the teacher to read over it. They are there to help you. 4) Spend time in the library: The library is good for many things such as sleeping, texting, Facebook but what it's actually there for and less used for by students is the books! If you trying to figure out a topic look over some of titles of the non fiction books, if you are trying to find some sources or at little background information look into the library catalogs for books, newspapers, or academic articles on that subject. The librarians love helping the research students, so ask away. 5) Peer Review: A lot of us shy away from peer review, but I've learned that this is one of the best reviews possible mainly because you are allowing someone who has little to knowledge about the subject to try to gain more knowledge from your paper. Peer review is something to take very serious and this the best time to set friendship aside and really review like a reader who has no bias.

    • Fall 2015
    • Spencer
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Apr 12, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend it because she is an amazing teacher and she helps you become a better writer.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course is being able to take different media and see what the society has to say about a certain topic. I learned that our society still struggles with opening and adjusting to new things such as transgenders, same sex parents, and women becoming just as powerful as men in the workforce.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always show up to class and put effort into the homework assignments and papers.

    • Spring 2016
    • Mrs. Rossi
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Group Projects Great Discussions

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