We live in the information age, so the ability to gather, analyze, synthesize and communicate information is the key to success—which means the ability to write well is a key component of success in college and in most careers. The Writer’s Alley Interactive Writing Tutorial can help prepare students for college success and success in their careers. It teaches students how to write essays or write research papers. The tutorial also teaches students to write opinion or argumentative papers.
Part of the purpose of a college education is to prepare each student for the analytical thinking and rhetorical skills needed to thrive throughout the challenges of the future. In college, students will have to write papers for most classes—sometimes as many as three per class. Exams will often include essay sections, which again require students to write effectively. Before they can even get into college, students must write an essay for their ACT or SAT exams, and they have to write an application essay.
The Writer’s Alley Interactive Writing Tutorial provides detailed explanations about how to write. It includes examples, along with writing prompts and writing worksheets. The outline templates help writers organize their ideas. Students who have to conduct research will get help from the tutorial in how to prepare for research, how to find sources, how to take notes and how to integrate sources into their papers.
Writing, as the key to success in so much of life, can be stressful and intimidating to many students—so much is riding on their performance. Students can get a lot of tips about writing well in writing textbooks and on the Internet. Most students feel that the guidance they get in writing tells them what to do, but it doesn’t tell them how to do it, and they have a hard time transferring instructions into action. They read the instructions, but when they turn to the blank screen, those instructions often seem obscure and foreign. Anxiety can make matters worse, resulting in writer’s block.
The Writer’s Alley Interactive Writing Tutorial guides students step by step through the writing process. It breaks the process down into manageable stages and helps students set a timeline to complete the needed tasks. Writer’s Alley also helps students manage the vast amount of information they must juggle as they write. The tutorial provides prompts to help students think through their ideas and to encourage the critical thinking and analytical skills so vital to success.