Writing-to-learn strategies help students understand course content. Students write primarily for themselves; they write about what they think, what they understand, and what they do not understand in the course material. These strategies work in all subject areas; in fact, empirical studies suggest that students benefit more from writing-to-learn assignments than from any other kind of writing.
Students should write a minimum of 50 to 60 pages of reflective writing in a writing intensive course. The following writing-to-learn assignments or variations of them would be acceptable uses of writing to learn in a WI course: