8 Tips for In-Class Writing Exams

It’s the limagesast day of finals at Ventura College! And in my classes, like many, there is a written final essay exam.

Last week, I substituted for another teacher who offered these tips to his students so I thought I’d pass them on here. These “Tips for Writing In-Class Essay Exams” are adapted from “A Student Guide to Writing at UCI” 9th ed. My comments are in italics.

1. Warm up beforehand: You will perform better after getting into the rhythm of writing. Write a note to a friend or freewrite about anything while you’re waiting for the exam to begin.

Before the essay part of the test, my students have short answer questions which also serve as a warm-up.

Free Writing by hand (instead of typing) can also warm up the creative side of the brain and connect your hands with your imagination.

Free Writing about the topic can also get your imagination going.

If you’re nervous about the exam, writing about it can help! Try writing a letter to a friend about your worries. Continue reading

Zhena Muzuka Presents “Life By The Cup”

author Zhena Muzyka presents at Ventura College Weds 12/10 12:30 Wright Event Center

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zhena-header-about  “Life by the Cup is a true story that stretches from single motherhood and hard times through unique personal success. Pour a cup of tea, open to the first page and find a friend who will teach you: Your hopes are a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:30, author ZHENA MUZYKA aka @MistressofTea and  will discuss and zhena-1-booksign her 2014 memoir and highly acclaimed self-help book Life by the Cup (Simon and Schuster) at Ventura College H. P. Wright Event Center on Day Road near Telegraph. We’ll be sure to have a seat for you if you join the Facebook Event Page here.
According to her website (and I would agree), “Life by the Cup is the inspiring story of Zhena’s journey as founder of a company that benefits health, protects the environment, and supports humanitarian efforts. Each chapter shares a…

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Listen, Read: Poetry by Suzanne Lummis, Christopher Buckley plus AP and Students

Here are all the details for our publication parties Dec. 4 and 11 at EP Foster Library, Ventura.

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On Thurs. Dec 4 and again Thur. Dec. 11, please join my Ventura College students and I at EP Foster Library in the Topping Room for the poetry reading that happens almost every Thursday at 7:30pm. Located at 651 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura across from Winchesters and between Chestnut and Fir, the reading is hosted by Phisuzanne and Vine 1944l Taggart; open mic follows the featured reader, and we will be reading in the open mic. Sign-ups are at 7:15pm. On Dec 4,  LA’s Suzanne Lummis features.  Among her many accolades, Suzanne Lummis won the 2013 Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for her latest collection of poems, Open 24 Hours. Her poem “How I Didn’t Get Myself to a Nunnery” is in the November 3, 2014 issue of the New Yorker 11/3/2014; read and listen to it here: www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/11/03/didnt-get-nunnery.

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