FWS Writing e-Consultation

By: JSKI Staff, 
Mon, 01/22/2018

Some students have questions about if and how the First-Year Writing Seminars they have selected will suit their learning styles and academic needs and expectations. The FWS Writing e-Consultation provides students with the chance to learn how their academic writing skills align with the expectations of the FWS Program.

Not all students need to accept the invitation offered here; we are asking you to think carefully about your experiences with and attitudes toward writing. If you have not had much formal writing instruction in high school, are unfamiliar with academic or research-based writing, have never studied in the US or at an English-medium institution, or feel a general lack of confidence about your writing, you should definitely consider participating in this unique opportunity to talk with an experienced writing instructor.

For most students who opt to participate, the writing consultation simply confirms that they will be comfortably challenged by the writing and learning opportunities presented in typical First-Year Writing Seminars, and they will, consequently, be advised to remain in the FWS in which they are enrolled. 

For other students, the writing consultation will make available an alternate route FWS, one that provides a more intensive and individualized learning environment. At the writing consultation, students may be offered the opportunity to transfer into a FWS titled WRIT 1370/80: Elements of Academic Writing. WRIT 1370/80 is the same as any other FWS in all but a few ways: the sections are smaller (enrollment is limited to 12 students), students attend weekly one-on-one writing conferences with instructors, and students earn S/U grades.

The consultation process is quite simple: 

  • You take NO MORE THAN 60 MINUTES to write a short essay.
  • You post your essay. 
  • We will contact you to schedule a writing consultation during which we will discuss available writing support and FWS recommendations.

Follow these steps to participate in the FWS Writing e-Consultation:

  • Go to BLACKBOARD <https://blackboard.cornell.edu> 
  • Search for “Knight Institute FWS Writing Consultation”
  • Enroll in the Blackboard site
  • Select an essay prompt
  • Spend 60 minutes writing an essay
  • Submit essay by 4:00pm on Friday, 1/25/19

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Jennifer Janke at jld296@cornell.edu.

We look forward to meeting and talking with you!

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