For success, college students need strong academic writing skills so we were excited to use and review the Premium Package of College-Ready Writing Essentials™ from BetterRhetor. Our eighteen-year-old son is approaching the time when he will be filling out college applications and having to write essays for his application, so I was excited for us to have the opportunity to review the premium package of this product.
BetterRhetoric strives to improve a student’s academic writing and provide for student success both when applying for and while attenidng college. Regardless of what major a student strives for college readiness has to include proficient writing skills.
This online program includes a variety of videos, worksheets, and more to guide the student through the process of writing a persuasive essay. Because my husband and I also have aspirations to get our masters degrees in the future, I felt this program would also be worthwhile for us to watch. So in addition to our son watching the videos and doing the assignments, I did them as well. Probably at some point in the future my husband will go through the material as well.
The course materials are located on the Teachable platform, which we found very easy to use. The course builds on each previous lesson from the overview in Lesson 1 to selecting a topic in lesson 3 to the outline in Lesson 10 to writing the introduction, this course provides excellent instruction, directions, and worksheets to help the students prepare. Here are pictures of the course contents.
Our family loved how the worksheets could be filled out online and saved to a file either on our own computer or an online application that allowed our son to work on his paper wherever he was. Here are some of the completed worksheets.
Because we selected the premium package, we also submitte a copy of the essay to be reviewed. We opted to send in a rough draft of the essay. With just a click of a few keys, the essay was emailed for review. We received a prompt notification that our essay had been received. Then it was just a matter of waiting for remarks to come back.
Dr. William Bryant, founder and CEO of BetterRhetoric reviewed the essay and sent detailed remarks for us to examine. Here are some examples of the remarks we received. We all felt the remarks were presented in a manner to help improve the paper rather than to tear down the student.
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All in all, our family recognizes the importance of writing effectively and correctly. However, getting to that place is not always easy. Sometimes it definitely benefits a student to have an outsider critique their work rather than a parent. I feel BetterRhetoric andthe Premium Package of College-Ready Writing Essentials™ does an excellent job of preparing students for college writing.
Other members of the Home School Review Crew have been writing about the Full Package as well as the Preium Package of College-Ready Writing Essentials™.