College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
CSI Students

  Harry Thorne,
  WAC Coordinator
  Office: Building 2S Rm 227
  Email WAC

Writing Across the Curriculum/
Writing in the Disciplines
for Students

 Talk to someone about the assignment.

Find a friend or family member and explain the assignment to them in your own words. Tell them what the professor wants. Explain how you’re going to write the paper. Describe any parts of it that you’re struggling with.

This technique is pretty magical. I think it works so well because you can test out ideas without the risk of typing a bunch of pages only to figure out that the ideas aren’t great or that you’re not answering the professor’s prompt question. There’s little risk involved and I’ve seen people who were horribly stuck on a problem almost run away from conversations in order to write because their ideas are suddenly so clear to them because they had to communicate them to another person without writing getting in the way (at first).

Next: Just start typing your name and the title. ->