Writing Classes for People Who Hate Writing

It is not a secret that many people find writing to be tedious, or even sometimes just downright boring. Most students probably do not take an English class (or any other class that requires a lot of writing) because they cannot live without it, but rather because it is a general education requirement. There are those crazy people who take English classes because they love writing and would not know what to do with themselves if they were not in an English class.

For the vast majority of students on campus however, this will not be the case. You may be asking yourself the best way to get through a semester of English or other heavy writing subjects. Here are a few simple and easy guideline that may make it a little easier.

Listen to your teacher

This may sound like common sense, but you would be surprised how many times a student will say a teacher did not mention something about an assignment that the teacher knows they did. This tip is twofold. It is probably safe to say that your teacher knows more about the subject being taught then you. After all, they did attend school for years, gathering countless amounts of information. They know what they are talking about. Second, as a writing consultant a problem that comes up a lot is students not understanding an assignment or not having all the information. It is a safe bet that your teacher probably mentioned it in class. If you really listen you’ll hear it. And if they don’t, you’ll know exactly what to ask your teacher about, which leads into the next thing.

Ask, ask, ask!

As students it can be embarrassing or intimidating to ask questions in front of the class. However, there is probably at least one other person in the class that needs the answer to that question as well. If it’s that uncomfortable, talk to your teacher outside of class and make sure you have all the information. It’s better to ask to many questions then to few. As a teacher, it is their job to instruct you, which means they want you to know everything you need to succeed.

Stop procrastinating

You have a life. Maybe you have a job, a girlfriend/boyfriend, kids, or you are taking 21 units. You are a student. It’s expected that this class is probably not the only thing you have going on in your life. But how much improvement can you do on a paper if you start your final draft the night before it’s due? Or many even just start the paper the night before it’s due? Is it easy to put an essay or writing assignment aside until the last minute and then work in a time crunch? Yes, but it’s also incredibly stressful. What happens when you find yourself writing the paper the night before and you realize you don’t have all the information needed to write the paper. You could try to email your teacher your question, but chances are he/she won’t respond on such late notice. Also, work that has gone through several revisions and has had a prewriting process is going to be better then anything you can whip out 12 hours before. It might be the difference between a C and a D.

Take a chance

Most English teachers will not expect you to come into their classroom and fall completely in love with English and writing. You do not have to love English, or any other subject for that matter. But that doesn’t mean the class won’t be useful. Consider the amount of writing you do in your every day life. Would it not be helpful to know the proper way to structure a proposal letter, or an essay for a college application. The point is, you don’t have to love English, but you cannot hate it either. Make the choice to learn from it and use the skills acquired to impact your daily life. Unlike quadratic equations, writing is something you will use for the rest of your life.

Finally, just take a breath

In the scheme of things, this class is not that big of a chunk of your life. It may seem overwhelming, but instead of looking at every aspect of the class at once, just look at what is right in front of you. Do not worry about the big research paper at the end of the semester if the semester is just beginning. You will have plenty of time to focus on that later. Instead, direct your attention towards what is going on right here, right now. Never be afraid to ask for help.

Last Updated: 5/19/2015 12:36 PM