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Writing for College and Beyond

Life Lessons from the College Composition Classroom

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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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To Succeed, Avoid Some Common Grammar Errors

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The 2004 College Board study on writing found correlations between fewer grammar errors and increased promotions. Since promotions are often connected to higher salaries, grammar errors were also correlated to lower incomes.1 In other words, if you want to make money and then more money, learn how to write well. Grammar errors that you make unintentionally make you look bad. If you do it on purpose, for some stylistic reason, that is a different choice.

Standard English does have dictates. It makes assumptions about background, education, and cultural domination. Many of those decisions about what constitutes Standard English are judgmental and exclude whole segments of the population. It is a difficult battle to fight from the outside. If you want to change some of the expectations around what qualifies as acceptable grammar, you probably need to learn what it is now so that you can get to a place in life where you can make changes to these attitudes and perceptions.

A 2014 survey by JobVite discovered that 66% of hiring managers held poor spelling and grammar against candidates—not the errors on their job applications but on their social media posts!2 Remember that many employers will not only review your job application materials but also examine your social media presence. Turns out they’re not just worried about those pics of you at a fraternity party: they’re also worried about your spelling and grammar. While you may think to yourself, “Who...

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