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Transition to College Writing

Transition to College Writing - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312149161

Cover of Transition to College Writing 01 (ISBN 978-0312149161)
ISBN13: 978-0312149161
ISBN10: 0312149166

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2001
International: No

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Transition to College Writing - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0312149161

Keith Hjortshoj

ISBN13: 978-0312149161
ISBN10: 0312149166

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Bedford Books
Published: 2001
International: No

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 Education," 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.

Author Bio

Hjortshoj, Keith : Cornell University

Keith Hjortshoj is the Director of Writing in the Majors at Cornell University, an interdisciplinary program for writing in advanced courses. He is also a staff member of the Writing Workshop, which offers courses and services for students who encounter difficulty with writing and reading. He has worked extensively with university admissions, faculty development, and teacher training across the curriculum. Currently, Hjortshoj is conducting research on the transition to college in collaboration with high school and college teachers. He has published widely, both in the social sciences and in composition, and is the author of a forthcoming book, Understanding Writing Blocks, from Oxford University Press.

Table of Contents

Are You Prepared for College?
A Brief Overview
How to Use this Book
Mapping Exercises

1. Orientation
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Biology
Some Basic Differences
Course Designs and Teaching Styles
Language and Learning
Note Taking
Forms and Functions of a Writing Class
2. Footstools and Furniture
What Is Good Writing?
The Limitations of the "Footstool Essay"
What Remains True?
A Conclusion
3. How Writing Gets Done
Product and Process
Euclidean Myths
A Logical Deception
The Phases of the Writing Process
The Choices Student Writers Make
Cost/Benefit Analysis
4. What Do College Teachers Expect?
Some General Expectations
Paying Close Attention to the Assignment
What Assignments Ask You to Do
Summaries, Voiced and Unvoiced
Comparison, Using Analysis and Interpretation
Critical Reading and Argument
Scientific Reports
Informal Writing
A Brief Summary
5. Reading -- How to Stay on Top of It
Amanda's Question
Becoming a Predatory Reader
Reading and Memory
Passive, Linear Reading
Notes, Outlines, Summaries, and Discussion
Some Other Ways of Reading
Overcoming Resistance to Strategic Reading
Answering Amanda
6. Investigative Writing
What Is a Research Paper?
Motives and Methods
Revising Your Strategies
Documentation Systems
Theft, Fraud, and the Loss of Voice
Integrating References
7. Rules and Errors
The Secret Book
Two Kinds of Rules and Knowledge
Proofreading by Ear
False Rules
How to Use a Handbook
8. Looking Ahead
The Value of Uncertainty
Things Can Get Easier (Even as They Get Harder)