Advance Writing Skills

After completing English 1010 (Introduction to Writing) and English 2010/2020 (Intermediate Writing), students will have a solid introduction to the fundamental research and writing skills that they will need to succeed in future college courses. This page will provide professors in other departments with some strategies for helping students make continued progress as researchers and writers as they begin to take more advanced courses in their majors.

Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing


After completing their first-year writing courses, students will be able to respond the texts they encounter on a deeper, more scholarly level. They also will have some first-hand experience researching and reading scholarly sources. You can continue to build upon these skills by:

  • Modeling the interactions among critical thinking, critical thinking and writing as it applies to your field
  • Encouraging students to continue engaging with scholarly texts when conducting library research
  • Continue using writing as a part of the critical thinking process

Rhetorical Knowledge


After successfully completing English 1010 and 2010/2020, students will have had experience writing in a variety of academic genres (such as response papers, synthesis papers, and researched arguments). You can continue to build upon these skills by:

  • Modeling the main features and uses of writing in your scholarly field
  • Discussing the general expectations and standards of readers in your field

Writing Processes


After completing their general education writing courses, students will realize that good writing and research is a process that requires time and discipline. They will see the value that comes from writing multiple drafts and collaboration with their peers and mentors. You can continue to build upon these skills by:

  • Helping students to build final results in stages---such as requiring a rough draft before the final paper is turned in and instructing students to save extensive editing for the later stages of the writing process
  • Encouraging students to form collaborative peer groups to review works-in-progress for purposes other than editing
  • Discussing and modeling the peer-review process in your field
  • Teaching students how to apply the technologies commonly used to research and communicate in your field

Knowledge of Conventions


After finishing the first-year writing program, students will have experience with organizing various kinds of papers and will have basic competence using appropriate academic conventions. You can continue to build upon these skills by:

  • Discussing the conventions of usage, specialized vocabulary, format, and documentation in your field
  • Encouraging students who are struggling with grammatical errors to visit the University Writing Center
  • Continuing to teach strategies that will help students have better control over writing conventions