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The Transition to College Writing
Synopses & Reviews
An academic survival guide, this brief rhetoric teaches new students the critical reading and writing strategies they need to achieve success across the curriculum.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-215) and index.
About the Author
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
N.B. Most chapters include exercises.
Are You Prepared for College?
A Brief Overview
How to Use this Book
If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Biology
Some Basic Differences
Course Designs and Teaching Styles
Language and Learning
Forms and Functions of a Writing Class
2. Footstools and Furniture
What Is Good Writing?
The Limitations of the "Footstool Essay"
What Remains True?
3. How Writing Gets Done
Product and Process
A Logical Deception
The Phases of the Writing Process
The Choices Student Writers Make
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
A Brief Summary
5. Reading — How to Stay on Top of It
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
6. Investigative Writing
What Is a Research Paper?
Motives and Methods
Revising Your Strategies
Theft, Fraud, and the Loss of Voice
7. Rules and Errors
The Secret Book
Two Kinds of Rules and Knowledge
Proofreading by Ear
How to Use a Handbook
8. Looking Ahead
The Value of Uncertainty
Things Can Get Easier (Even as They Get Harder)
What Our Readers Are Saying