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College Preparation Writing for High School--Semester I: Research and Writing Basics

Learn everything you will need to know for writing successfully in college including grammar basics, writing a summary, research papers, analyzing sources, and more--all from a college professor! Great for hesitant writers!
Molly McGill, M.A.
760 total reviews for this teacher
110 reviews for this class
Completed by 823 learners
50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Mon, Jan 9, 2023

Jan 9 – Feb 8, 2023 (10 weeks)
Mo, We
10:00 – 10:50 AM

Mon, Jan 16, 2023

Jan 16 – Mar 20, 2023 (10 weeks)
12:00 – 12:50 PM

Tue, Jan 24, 2023

Jan 24 – Mar 28, 2023 (10 weeks)
7:00 – 7:50 AM

Wed, Jan 25, 2023

Jan 25 – Mar 29, 2023 (10 weeks)
2:00 – 2:50 PM
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Class Experience

Over the course of the ten weeks, students will engage with different writing styles and methods as a way of developing their own writing skills. Students will learn how to form basic summaries, descriptions, and analyses of various types of information. Students will engage with critical thinking skills when developing their research paper and discerning what is a credible source and synthesizing the information on their own. Students will also learn technical writing skills from grammar to formatting to editing and revision skills. The purpose of this course is to allow students to take a step closer to being successful college level writers when their day in the classroom comes! 
I have been teaching at the university level for nearly four years, and have graded and edited hundreds of papers from college freshmen in those years. I hope to help develop writing skills in high school aged children in this class to prevent many of the common errors I see in university papers! 
Students are expected to participate in weekly assignments that will be submitted to the instructor and feedback will be given for each and every assignment. Each assignment is submitted through Google Classroom, and feedback is personalized based on the students strengths and weaknesses. Each week students will get suggestions on how to further improve and be told what they are doing well. Parents can request grades at any time. 
All homework assignments and prompts are provided. Students are expected to submit work through Google Classroom for easy submission and revisions.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
At the end of the course, parents are welcome to request a full assessment of the students' progress over the 10 weeks if they would like. Further, grades are optional but available. Students will be assessed based on how they have grown as writers in the course and assessments will include what they have done well with end areas that need improving. For those receiving grades, a rubric will be distributed to parents so they can see where all of the points are coming from in the final grade.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students are expected to participate in activities in class. While I do not require cameras, students will be expected to use their microphones to participate vocally in class several times. If this is an issue for your student, please do not hesitate to reach out so we can make other arrangements! Please keep in mind, per Outschool policy, students will have to turn their cameras on once on the first day of class for learner verification. 


Molly McGill, M.A.
Lives in the United States
College Professor, Art Historian, Writing Coach, Animation Historian, Disney Expert
760 total reviews
711 completed classes

About Me

Hello Outschool families! My name is Molly McGill and I am so excited to be teaching on the Outschool platform and sharing what I love with students from all over the world. I earned my Masters in art history from the University of Colorado, where... 
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