Learning to write at the college level can prove to be a difficult task for even the best students. By learning to become a better writer, you are taking an important step towards academic success. The writing skills you learn in college will prepare you for successfully transitioning to the professional environment.
Advantages of Writing
On the one hand, a well-written product will help you communicate your academic masteries and your original thinking to your peers and mentors; this communication skill will gain your graders’ respect and enable you to join intellectual dialogs that interest you. On the other hand, the process of developing a well-written product will help you to strengthen your conceptual understanding and critical analysis skills.
Keys to Writing
In The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing, Michael Harvey breaks writing into the mastery of these five elements of writing: thinking, style, structure, evidence, and mechanics. You will need to pay attention to all of these writing elements individually and learn how to make them work together. Learning to write well is a cumulative process that involves much trial and error followed by a patient, self-regulating review of your progress.
Please click on any of the following writing topics:
- ARC Writing Lab: What to Expect from Your Tutor
- Writing College Papers
- Organizing Whole Compositions
- How to Begin an Essay
- How to End an Essay
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Paragraph Development
- Topic and Sentence Outlines
- Steps Toward Clear Writing
- Critical Analysis of Literature
- Conquering Essay Tests
- Helpful Verbs
The following are external resources that will open in a new window.
- Mercer University First-Year Seminar Handbook
- Perdue University's Online Writing Lab
- APA Cheat Sheet
- Tarver Library's Style Manuals Page
- APA Style
- APA Style Sample Papers
- APA Tutorial on YouTube
- MLA Tutorials on YouTube
- Common Errors in English Language
For more study skills information, please click on one of the topics below.