If you have not heard any college students complaining about the amount of writing in college courses, then you may want to get your hearing checked before you go off for your freshman year. It is the most common complaint among college students across the nation, on large or small campuses, day and night. You have to be a good English student in every course you take, because every essay or paper is graded on content and composition – bummer.
Developing Writing Skills – It’s Not Optional
If you come to college with less than stellar writing skills, you have to do something about that right away. And if you don’t know how to develop writing skills, then here are some tips
- Get to the campus writing lab. It has been built and staffed for students like you. When you have an essay or a paper due, you can go and get some extra help from people who write really well.
- While you are working on your writing skills, those assignments are still showing up on your syllabi in frightening numbers. Once you have your topic, get online and find samples on those same topics. No, you can’t just “lift” them – you’ll get caught! But you can print them out and use them as models for the one you have to write. At the very least, you can mimic the organization and the points covered.
- If you need to, find a reputable writing service online. You will need one that has qualified writers, guarantees an original piece of writing, and guarantees that it will follow your instructions and meet your deadline. This can be a true “live saver” when your back is up against the proverbial wall.
- Start writing your own essays and find someone to edit them for you. Staff at the writing lab will help you, if they are available, or you can try to pay a fellow student who seems to be getting “A’s” on everything s/he turns in. You can even barter for this if you can offer something in return. If not, turn those essays over to that writing service you found, and get one of their pros to do it. The point is this: You only want to turn in writing assignments that are well don – otherwise that GPA starts hovering over the toilet.
Excellent Writing Skills – Not a Cinderella Story
No one is going to wave a magic wand over you and give you instant writing success. You have to put in the time and practice to develop writing skills. In the meantime, however, take whatever measures you see necessary to turn in writing assignments that will compete with the quality other students are submitting. Yours will be measured against theirs – that’s a fact.
It’s really unfair that your writing skills have to be a part of your grade in every course, but that is how our system is set up. Just consider it some good training for real life – there will be other things that seem unfair out there too.