For this review, we were given access to BetterRhetor College Ready Writing Essentials™ Premium Package. I really wanted this program as a review for myself, to review writing skills in order to create better blog posts for my future, and to help with my writing skills for the Novels I would like to write in my future. I thought it would be a perfect way to brush up on the things I learned 20 years ago in High School.
I was lucky in that I went to a College Preparatory High School that really prepared it’s students for the harder days of College. My school was centered on preparing us for the future, and that included 4 years of English that centered on writing skills. My entire 10 grade year was spent writing and correcting sentences to develop editing skills we would need for our futures. And that same teacher encouraged me to become a writer some day.
The BetterRhetor College Ready Writing Essentials™ Premium Package course wasn’t quite what I was expecting though. I did not realize that the course was provided through Teachable. So many people are going to this great site resource for their courses but for me, I would have preferred it to be a downloadable course that I could print and use without having to go to the website. It was difficult for me to work on as well because I ended up with over 40 unexpected medical appointments for the review time period, which kept me out of the home a great deal and without internet. I’m not able to work through my tablet but it would be a great option if you were able to do so.
All of that said, the course was great! Because of my appointment schedule I did not get the utilize the option of having my Essay critiqued and corrected by the wonderful Dr. William Bryant but I was supposed to make this happen. However, life doesn’t always allow things to happen the way we wish and with my upcoming hysterectomy, I just wasn’t able to make this happen.
I was able to use the course and view all of the downloadable documents, as well as the wonderful additions provided at the end of the course. There are 25 lessons in all. Each are different lengths and will take different amounts of time to complete.
The lessons are thorough and provide everything your student will need to know about the topic being covered. The course covers everything from Task, Audience and Purpose, to researching, to outlining, to writing the article itself, to self review and to finalizing what you have written. Additionally, you will find Model examples, an instructor guide and so much more at the end of the course.
Some of the courses also include editable downloads of worksheets that go along with the lesson. These are found at the end of the course and can be printed and written on or can be edited through your choice of a Word program and typed in as your work through. These worksheets were simple enough to answer and help your student achieve maximum success in the program as they work through the course.
I like that this course also helps you develop better reading skills. As a reviewer, reading is essential to my work. Because I want to do more editing in the future as a career choice, a review of reading skills was important to me. As was a review of outlining for working on my future writing as this is something that has been challenging me over the last year. Though I did learn these things in my high school, 20 years is a long time to be out of school and I really needed a brush up educationally on these skills.
The course greatly reminded me of my own high school prep writing courses and is extremely thorough in all it covers without requiring a great many weeks to complete. It would be a wonderful semester long course for any High School student who is College bound.
You can purchase College Ready Writing Essentials™ Premium Package from BetterRhetor for $99 for the course. This allows you to have personalized feedback from Dr. Bryant, as well as the Model Essays to review, and several other beneficial PDF’s.
There is a College Ready Writing Essentials™ Full Package available for $49 that does not include the extras listed above but is simply the course itself.
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Over the weekend, Jackson turned 7. He’s grown up so fast. I can hardly believe he’s already 7. Seems just yesterday, I was bringing my 8 pound baby boy home. Now he’s 4’1 and 50 some pounds of love.
Jackson really wanted a Hatchimals Birthday party. Of course the one thing I could not find locally but a trip to another area and we lucked up to find party stuff cheap! Momma likes cheap!
The Friday before his birthday brought about a last minute trip to the neuro for Jack, and we were able to stop by a local store while there to pick out his cake. He chose a whipped buttercream with yellow trim and balloons. It was a chocolate and white marble cake. So so good.
We decorated his cake with Hatchimal eggs to bring the theme to the cake. My sweet boy gave every one he loves one of those eggs for their gift at his party. He truly has a heart of gold!
At the beginning of the month, I lucked up and found some great deals on toys for Jack. He got several Playmobile playsets. (Let me forewarn you, those come with a TON of parts.) I also found some $2 sales on Jarassic Park dinosaurs, and Paw Patrol cars and pups. He loves them! He got a few other things for fun and a Imaginext Transformer that turns into a helicopter. He loves that thing!
He started his day proclaiming “Mom, I just want to be me for my birthday!” Long ninja hair left messy, a over sized comfy dino shirt and a big smile on his face. That’s completely my Jackson every day.
So Jack had a wonderful birthday and was surrounded with lots of love. He really enjoyed his day and had a Hatchy Hatchy Birthday!
Until next time…
Being a busy busy Mom of 4 kids is hard. When those kids have multiple health issues, it’s even harder. And my kids always come first, which means their health needs also come first.
So I put off my own health. I didn’t take time for doctors appointments for myself. I only did the parts of my medical care that I had to.
Like most Mom’s, my own health came last until it was necessary for it to come first. And here I am currently overloaded with appointments for myself, for my children and for my husband as well. Every day, I’m adding in another appointment, most of them for me.
I have two procedures coming up with my OBGYN: a scope to check for the ongoing bleeding issues that I have had since 2016, and a hysterectomy.
Earlier in the month, I had a mammogram to check a lump my physician and I found in my right breast. The mammogram didn’t show anything where I originally thought the lump was at but it did show one further up in the tissue. I follow up with a General Surgeon this week to discuss the next steps.
Right now, I am just going day by day and allowing my physicians to help me decide the best care for my health. I’ve been very lucky to have great care thus far. All of the physicians have been truly wonderful and caring, answering my questions thoroughly and thoughtfully as we go.
I will update as we go but for now, this is where things are at.
Until next time…