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Freshman Composition Survival Guide

Tools for Tackling Your Freshman Composition Requirements

Student StudyingThe Freshman Composition series may very well comprise of the two most important courses of your academic career. 

In addition to being a requirement of graduation for all Tennessee State University students, Eng. 1010 and 1020 are strategically designed to develop the writing and communication skills necessary to become active members of the academic community and beyond. 

Ideally, these courses are completed early in your college career, as they will introduce you the many modes of academic writing that inform the scholarship you will do across the disciplines. Thus, a fruitful experience in the Freshman Composition series could likely affect your performance in subsequent classes. Accordingly, the following resources have been made available to ensure your success through this series. Questions about the Freshman Composition program should be directed to Prof. Heidi Williams, Freshman Composition Coordinator. 

*Read testimonials and tips from TSU students who successfully completed the Freshman Composition Series.

Student Resources

TSU Bookstore
Libraries and Media Centers
Virtual Library Tour
Tiger Tutoring
The Writing Center 
The Reading Center
Online Tutoring
Academic Calendar
LLP Student Resources
Technology Help
Faculty Contact Info.
Contact Us


Helpful Writing Handouts

Sample Eng. 1010 Syllabus
Sample Eng. 1020 Syllabus
How to use library databases
Eng. 1020 ePortfolio Submission
Eng. 1020 ePortfolio Submission (textual)

Common Textbooks
Supplement to  Norton Field Guide
Supplement to Writing Today  
Supplement to Composition of
     Everyday Life


Useful Links

10 Ways to Whip
     Freshman Comp
Guides for Research Papers
MLA Tutorial
Myths about Freshman Comp
Purdue OWL
Top 25 Grammatical Terms
Research Guide
Student Testimonials



“Mastery of language affords remarkable power.” - Frantz Fanon