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College-Ready Writing Essentials

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Your Dress Rehearsal For Success

Are you headed to college? Responsible for students who are? Preparation is everything. You wouldn’t run through a stage performance for the first time on opening night. To feel most confident & to have a successful run…you need first to rehearse.

Same with college. It’s not a good idea to show up on day one with no clue what you’re expected to do. When you have the opportunity to fully prepare in advance, your chances for success go up substantially. You’ve got the right experience under your belt; you’ve already put in the practice.

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Making “Ready” Real

BetterRhetor’s online resource, College-Ready Writing Essentials, IS that advance preparation. It’s a deep dive, full immersion pre-college “boot camp” experience…your own personal pre-orientation. In as few as five weeks, soon-to-be (or recent) high school grads can familiarize themselves with the strange unknown academic world ahead. 

Teachers instructing high school juniors & seniors can also have complete confidence that they’re providing their students with research-validated tools for future success. Everyone can feel reassured that they’re getting targeted, focused, in-depth practice at the the EXACT SKILLS necessary to excel.

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MAKE NO MISTAKE…

College really IS a very different kind of educational culture from high school. We’ve created a FREE PDF GUIDE you can download below to tell you all about it!

High Schooler’s Guide to the Culture of College Academics: 8 Key Concepts—FREE PDF

Figuring out college academic culture, and adapting to it, can be challenging, in part because no one ever really explains it; students are just expected to absorb it as they go. Until now. Here are eight ideas that can help high schoolers make sense of the culture of college academics before they get there.

The College-Ready Writing Authority

Here’s a not-often-enough-discussed fact: Study after study shows that WRITING is the academic skill MOST linked to college success. It’s true! And this is the case across disciplines too, no matter your major. The LACK of college-ready writing skills is actually a huuuge part of why so many students who start college fail to complete it (see the stats below).

With over 30 years as a writer/editor/educator himself—including Director of Writing Assessments at ACT Inc.— Dr. William Bryant, the author of CRWE, has witnessed the “college-ready writing gap” up close and in-depth. If anyone should be putting together the ultimate guide to becoming a successful academic writer, it’s him. So guess what? He did.

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Creating a Bridge

Quite simply, high school writing instruction & college writing expectations typically do not align. This is the unfortunate reality, and the origins of the well-documented problem are complex…but the result is that even high-achieving students in high school do not necessarily have the background & experience to succeed at college-level writing. 

CRWE creates a much-needed bridge between these two worlds.

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Not Just Another Writing Course

CRWE is a different kind of resource. Dr. Bryant has specifically designed our online, supplemental course to fill the gap in instruction between high school & college writing. It’s rigorous—because that’s exactly what’s required to master these essential skills. (Academic rigor in high school is another key component to college success. See here.)

Students are guided step-by-step through the task of composing a 3-5 pg research-supported persuasive essay—the kind of writing they will repeatedly be asked to produce as an undergrad.

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CRWE Classroom Version

Teachers/Admins—Go From All-Star to Rock Star!

Calling all kick-ass high school teachers & admins seeking the very best for their students! Here ya go. CRWE is out-of-the-box, top-notch, flexible instruction you won’t find anywhere else. Add “college alignment” to your superpowers today to give your kids the greatest advantage going forward! Feel awesome knowing everything is already taken care of for you, and for them. 

We’ve set up a demo site if you’re interested in checking out CRWE for your dept, school, or district.

Ideal For:

English III/IV, AP, dual credit, early college, college-readiness, gifted & talented, charter network, online learning, supplemental ed, summer workshop, freshman college (composition/rhetoric) classrooms, and more! Contact us if you’re wondering about your own situation!

FEATURES

• Delievered online via Canvas

• 25 ready-to-use, teacher-facilitated lessons

• Targeted, flexible, deeply-researched

• Walks students (and teachers!) step-by-step through the process of writing a 3-5pg research-supported persuasive essay—exactly the kind of extended composition students will be expected to produce in college

 

PRICING

• Typically pers student per year, starting at $26.95 each

• Multi-year contracts—up to 8 yrs—are available & reduce the per student cost (ex. 8 yrs = $19.95 per student)

• Talk to us about custom plans

CRWE Homeschool Version

Students/Parents—Worried About Writing?

Anxious college-bound families…no worries, CRWE has you covered! We’ve already done all the heavy lifting for you—Dr. Bryant has translated everything he’s learned during his extensive work with student writing into 25 easy-to-follow lessons. The lessons speak directly to the student, orienting them toward their educational life after high school, and the importance of solid writing skills.

If you want to crush college-level academics, CRWE is the gold-standard instruction.

Ideal For:

Homeschool, college-bound high schoolers, entering college students, international students, graduate students looking to build & refine their academic writing & critical thinking skills, and more! Get in touch today if you have questions about how CRWE might help your own performance or household!

FEATURES

• Delievered online via Teachable

• 25 ready-to-use, self-guided lessons

• Immediate, lifetime access

• Targeted, flexible, deeply-researched

• Walks students (and parents!) step-by-step through the process of writing a 3-5pg research-supported persuasive essay—exactly the kind of extended composition students will be expected to produce in college

 

PRICING

• $99 for Full Package

• $199 for Premium Package (includes personalized essay feedbck from Dr. Bryant)

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73%

OF STUDENTS ENTERING COLLEGE ARE NOT PREPARED
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25%

ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE REMEDIAL COURSEWORK
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60%

OF COLLEGE STUDENTS GRADUATE
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$1.5 Bil

COST OF REMEDIATION TO STUDENTS & FAMILIES ANNUALLY
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What Is College-Ready Writing & Why Does It Matter?—FREE PDF

An abundance of research shows that students completing high school & entering college are more likely to succeed when they have experience with authentic, extended composition; when they understand the behavioral and performance expectations of college academics; and when they have developed metacognitive awareness of themselves as learners and of the culture and institutions around them.

Our free aid to writing instruction is aimed at helping teachers & students better prepare for college writing success. It identifies the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that define college-ready writing, and discusses the differences between high school & college-level writing instruction.

Give Us Five Weeks (Or More)

If you or your classroom DO need CRWE, why wait? Tackle this situation BEFORE the curtain goes up on your—or their—new collegiate life. 

CRWE can be completed in as few as five weeks (over the summer even!)…or it can also be spaced out throughout the year, whatever best suits your needs & schedule.

We offer a self-guided “home” version (via Teachable) and a teacher-facilitated “classroom” version (via Canvas). With either version you can rest assured you are acquiring—or delivering—carefully-crafted, in-depth instruction, using the tools & techniques research has proven are needed for student success.

 

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TO GET STARTED

Contact us via the form or email below! Our Connect page or DMs on our socials work well too!

NOT THERE YET?

How about sending a quick message to tell us what you HATE about writing? Seriously, what part of it absolutely fills you with dread? (We promise not to judge—and we just might be able to help…)

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FAQ

What’s the difference between the Canvas & Teachable versions of CRWE?

We offer our two versions of College-Ready Writing Essentials in order to accomodate multiple learning environments. The “classroom” version is teacher-facilitated & is delivered via the Canvas platform, a popular LMS used by colleges & universities (and high schools too). The “home” version is self-guided & is delivered via Teachable for individuals who wish to work at their own pace outside of a traditional school setting.

How hard is CRWE?

To quote one of our favorite homeschooler reviews: “CRWE is not a course for the faint of heart.” Okay, fair enough…but this is intentional. 

Studies show that academic rigor prior to college is perhaps the most important factor in preparing students for college success. Many high school graduates are unprepared for college precisely because their high school curriculum was not demanding enough.

Even so, it’s important to note that being prepared for college means being ready to learn at the college level—not already adept at college-level work. So, while CRWE is challenging, we also understand that you may be unfamiliar with some of the things you’ll be asked to do, and that you’re just starting out. Dr. Bryant’s instruction keeps all of the above in mind, and very effectively walks any committed student step-by-step through what they need to know.

How do I know CRWE will help me?

We designed CRWE on deeply researched, evidence-centered principles, so that students can have a high level of confidence that they are acquiring the competencies most needed for college-level writing success.

If you’re interested, you can read about the underlying research and the design of CRWE in our White Paper.

How long will this course take?

CRWE was originally developed as a five-week, intensive module. However, it is also completely customizable to anyone’s unique classroom or family schedule. Whether you are a teacher/admin or student/parent, this course is yours to do with as you wish.

With the Canvas version, a teacher receives full access for the length of the purchased contract (lengths available from 1yr to 8yrs). Enrolling in the Teachable version provides families with immediate lifetime access—across any and all devices owned—so the timeline is completely flexible. CRWE can be repeated (or referred back to) as many times as desired.

Who can I contact with questions, problems, kudos?

Hit us up anytime via the form or email at the bottom of this website. Connect on our socials too! Someone—probably Becky—will get back to you asap (which usually means whenever Walker can take his nap)!

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