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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew: Time 4 Writing

Time4Writing.com offers online writing courses for Elementary to High School age students.  Each grade level elementary, middle , and high school offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced writing courses.  Each course lasts 8 weeks and students get a personal certified teacher.  Students have the opportunity to work through their interactive writing course at their own pace.  Over the last several weeks, we have had an opportunity to review Exploration in Essay Writing, a high school intermediate level course.

From the website:

" The Essay Writing course will explore the essay writing process from the pre-writing stage to the revision stage. Students will work weekly practicing and mastering each step of the writing process before moving onto the next step. The curriculum will be personalized, to each student’s ability, by a qualified and caring writing instructor."

Course objectives by unit:

Unit 1-Pre Writing the Essay

Unit 2- Writing the Thesis Statement

Unit 3- Writing the Introductory Paragraph 

Unit 4- Writing the Body Paragraph

Unit 5- Writing the Concluding Paragraph

Unit 6- Revising, Editing, and Proofreading Your Paragraph

Unit 7- Writing the Persuasive Essay

Unit 8- Publishing Your Writing

Click here to watch a video about the online teacher led courses.

Each 8 week course costs $99.  Time4Writing offers a 14 day money back guarantee.  To register click here.

Time4Writing also offers several free writing resources here.

When I found out that Time4Writing was on the vendor list and that they offered High School level courses, I was very excited!  My oldest is 15 and has been homeschooled since 3rd grade.  She is interested in going to college in a few years and I thought that this course would be very helpful to her.  Not just to refine some of her writing skills, but to have an opportunity to learn to manage her time, and receive feedback from a teacher other than me.  I really liked the process right from the beginning.  The expectations of the course, FAQ's, suggested schedules, and other mechanics and grammar topics are very easy to read through and understand.  There is a student orientation video to watch so the student knows exactly how the course works.  The student receives the assignment, completes it , and submits it for a grade.  The teacher grades and gives comments on the students work.  If the student did not follow the directions, the assignment gets a temporary zero and the student has an opportunity to correct the assignment and resubmit for a grade.  Once the student has a grade for the assignment, they are able to move onto the next assignment.  Feedback is sent via an email notification to log in to your account and read your feedback, or you can see feedback for the entire course was you are logged in under assignments.  Parents and students can email the teacher to ask questions.  Parents also receive a mid course and end of course report.

I think my daughter has greatly benefited by taking this course, although at times it has been frustrating for her.  She was given back more than one assignment because she rushed through it and did not do exactly as she was supposed to.  She was not thrilled that she had to redo those assignments.  I, on the other hand thought it was wonderful!  It really has showed her to be more careful and do exactly as she was asked to do.  The course has also fine tuned her writing skills.  The teacher has always graded her assignments in a very timely matter and has made very helpful,  pleasant, and encouraging comments while making corrections and offering suggestions. 

To see what other crew mates had to say click here.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary 8 week course for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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