The Online Writing Lab (OWL): Tips for how to start a writing assignment
Tip #1 Writing takes time
"Find out when is the assignment due and devise a plan of action. This may seem obvious and irrelevant to the writing process, but it's not. Writing is a process, not merely a product. Even the best professional writers don't just sit down at a computer, write, and call it a day. The quality of your writing will reflect the time and forethought you put into the assignment. Plan ahead for the assignment by doing pre-writing: this will allow you to be more productive and organized when you sit down to write. Also, schedule several blocks of time to devote to your writing; then, you can walk away from it for a while and come back later to make changes and revisions with a fresh mind."
Check it out from the IRC overnight.
VAILTutor: An Online Tutorial providing an overview of academic integrity concepts and practical tips for avoiding plagiarism. Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College, 2003
This is a complete guide divided in modules. So that you understand what is expected in college, challenge yourself to complete it, a module at a time.
As school librarians, we want you to know that, at every grade level, you are expected to write with "your voice." In other words, write like who you are, a middle or high school student. You are expected to research properly and document sources but do not imagine that anyone expects you to write like a professor, a professional, or a college student. Your words and thoughts (analysis & synthesis) are important to the development of your writing skills over time.
If you work at expressing yourself, you will see improvement every year. It is a skill like developing a technique in a sport or learning to play a musical instrument: would you expect to play like a professional in high school? No! It takes practice, practice, practice... beginning in middle school and high school.
When preparing a written assignment, leave yourself enough time to practice those writing skills! Your confidence and skill will grow each year.
Tip #1 Give yourself the gift of TIME! Do not leave writing until the last minute!
Ms. Bozzani & Mrs. Omae
Think it doesn' matter?
Creating a calendar brings peace: you do not have to face the WHOLE project, only the task on the calendar for that day.
You can use a online calendar to help you plan your writing project at Google Calendar. Here at school you can create one at wincalendar.com and save it to your folder.