Improve writing skills
Most college degrees require some writing, even if you attend a technical college. If a bachelor’s degree or beyond is your goal, you’ll likely be writing many papers, essay answers on exams and presentations. Like anything else, good writing requires practice.
Most of us avoid things we’re not good at. That’s probably OK if it is singing in the choir or playing basketball; it isn’t OK when it comes to writing. Take the extra English class so you are forced to read and write more. Keeping a journal is another way some people choose to improve their writing. You don’t need to worry about a grade, but it’s an excellent way to practice writing about a topic you know. Taking time to learn the principles of good grammar will also help you write more quickly.
In college, you’ll need to learn new things and write about them. Practice researching a topic you know nothing about, come up with an outline and write about the topic. Along with actually practicing writing, it is important to read as much as possible. Speaking of which, read on to the next point.
Read on and on and on…
When you read, you expose yourself to different writing styles and new vocabulary — all of which makes your writing more interesting. Challenge yourself to read at least one good book every semester in high school, and perhaps a couple during the summer. You’ll learn without even working at it!