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Writing for College and Beyond

Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom


CJ Kent

Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom explains how the many skills taught in the Freshman Composition course apply at work and in life. The composition class is a pre-requisite and General Education course for most colleges and universities in the United States. It reaches students in every area of study. As people wonder about the value of a liberal arts education and question whether colleges and universities are truly preparing students for the workforce, Writing for College and Beyond challenges those arguments by pointing out exactly how classroom policies and writing assignments apply beyond school walls. Professors, lecturers, and graduate students teaching Freshman Composition courses will find this book helpful. Administrators who service the Freshman Composition population, such as Writing Center Directors, will also find Writing for College and Beyond: Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom a wonderful aid.

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Spelling: Spell Check Doesn’t Work


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Spell Check Doesn’t Work

Online dating site Zoosk found that 48% of users rejected matches because of poor spelling. Women judged it more harshly than men. Furthermore, use of acronyms like YOLO reduced response rates by 50%.1 So, if you want to have a good time, spell out what you have to say and then check your spelling.

Commonly Confused Words

These words are such a problem because they are homonyms—that is, they sound alike. There are excellent lists of homonyms all over the Internet, and you should review them to make sure you avoid those mistakes. The following regularly appear in student papers:

Problems with Spell Check

While it’s vital that you use spell check, know that it won’t catch correct English words that are not the right word for its use in the sentence. Commonly confused words have this problem, but so do all sorts of typing errors. Below are some common examples, beyond the words listed above, of errors that often appear in writing:

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