Second Edition   ©2009

The Transition to College Writing

Keith Hjortshoj (Cornell University)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-44082-0; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-44082-4; Format: Paper Text, 256 pages

An academic survival guide for new college writers

This brief rhetoric introduces the essential reading and writing strategies students need to succeed in courses across the curriculum. Taking the transition from high school to college as his starting point, Hjortshoj speaks directly and honestly to students, offering them practical strategies to shed ineffective habits and move toward a more mature, flexible understanding of how to respond to academic challenges. Distilling information about writing assignments from across the curriculum, Hjortshoj shows students how to decode these assignments and approach them effectively.

The second edition offers more advice on how to meet the difficult challenge of synthesizing and integrating sources, and the text has been streamlined to be a better reference.
"Hjortshoj demystifies the college experience and offers freshmen (or high school seniors) tools that will help them know how to succeed in college from the first day, without having to fumble around or struggle in their first semesters."
— Ronit Berger, Rice University