Preparing for College Writing

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Many college students report that the biggest difference between the high school classroom and college is the adjustment to academic writing. Kim Priestmeyer, Associate Professor of English at Belhaven University, recently conducted a webinar to homeschooled students across the nation on this very important topic.

Students can begin preparing for college writing classes by increasing their vocabulary, writing with a more formal tone and being less narrative and personal in their writing. The webinar also shows students the value of learning to write under pressure, as essay examinations are a common assessment at the college level.

She suggests that students not shy away from tougher high school classes like Advanced Placement courses. Homeschool students can also gain an advantage by taking dual enrollment courses through Belhaven High Scholars. This allows students to simultaneously receive credit for high school and college courses through an online, integrated classroom setting. All courses are also taught from a Christian Worldview.

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