Summary: Offers first-year students inside information about the academic expectations they will confront and clear advice about how to read critically and write analytically in order to meet those expectations.
Conceived as a freshman writing text, The Transition to College Writing is also ideal for courses introducing first-year students to the college experience. Called "Freshman Experience," "Freshman Seminar," "Introduction to Higher Ed ...show moreucation," or "Introduction to the Academic Environment," these increasingly popular courses explore the transition from high school to college -- a transition fraught with difficulty for many students who need more effective adjustment strategies. Taking this transition as his starting point, Hjortshoj speaks directly and honestly to students; he wins their trust by showing that he understands their experience and by offering a multitude of practical strategies to shed ineffective habits and move toward a more mature, flexible understanding of how to respond to academic challenges.
Distills information about writing assignments from across the curriculum. In addition to explaining general standards for academic writing, Hjortshoj distinguishes the most common forms and purposes of writing assignments in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Using realistic models of these assignments, Hjortshoj gives students practical advice on how to approach each type.
Unique chapter on "predatory" reading guides students from passive reading to the active reading strategies they will need to grasp academic material quickly and thoroughly.
Demystifies the research process and includes essential guidance on developing research strategies for particular assignments, working with sources, and avoiding plagiarism.
Practical exercises at the end of each chapter strengthen students' working knowledge of the concepts presented and make students aware of their own thinking and writing processes. These exercises also help students link the work of the writing class to the rest of their academic work.
Author uniquely qualified to offer this strategic advice to first-year students. For 25 years, Hjortshoj has taught in the John S. Knight Writing Program at Cornell University, one of the most interdisciplinary writing programs in the country. As Director of Writing in the Majors program at Cornell, he has done extensive collaborative work on course development throughout the university. One of his courses requires research into many aspects of undergraduate life including writing and the problems of adjustment between high school and college. ...show less
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