Students Come to College Thinking They’ve Mastered Writing

Freshmen estimate that they write about 25 hours each week, and most believe that they arrived on their campus with college-level writing skills fully formed.

The findings, which suggest that students' notions about writing may not match professors' expectations, emerged from a series of conversations between students and faculty members in composition and writing on several campuses. The conversations were organized by the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the