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for Writing Students

bulletAllow Time. Most students are not prepared for the amount of time that a writing course takes. Remember that you are not only trying to understand the material, but that you also need to practice applying what you have learned. Therefore, each chapter must be read carefully before you do the grammar and writing exercises. This takes timeapproximately 2-3 hours for each hour of class time. This adds up to 8-12 hours for a 15-week class, and 16-24 hours for an 8-week class.
bulletStick With It! Writing courses require perseverance, self-discipline, self-motivation, and the ability to work independently. Make sure to have a good Reference Grammar and Dictionary to help you look up language questions.
bulletKeep Up – Be Organized. This is a course that builds as it goes. Concepts learned in one chapter are combined with concepts in subsequent chapters as applications are developed. For example , if you fall behind or don’t learn the concepts in chapter 1, you will have difficulty with chapter 2.
bulletMeet Deadlines. Do not get behind. Have each week’s assignments completed as scheduled. 
bulletMake Lists. Make lists of things that need to be memorized and study them while you are waiting in line at the grocery store or the bank.  Also, it is a good idea to read the material right before you go to bed so that you can sleep on the difficult concepts. 
bulletUse Your Computer. Type and save anything that you write. It's much easier to change drafts on a computer, than having to rewrite the whole paper. It will also give you practice for the papers you will need to write when you take classes for your major.
bullet Keep in Touch. It is very important that you keep in touch with me and with  your fellow classmates. They cannot help you and you cannot help them if you are not available. If you have an e-mail address, make sure to give it to me, so we can post the list for all your classmates.
bulletDon’t Drop the Course without talking to me first. Together, we may be able to find a solution to your dilemma.

[Text adapted from the PGCC facweb survivaltips file.]