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The aim of college is to inspire critical thinking in student writing - the kind of critical thinking that enables students to make independent claims derived from texts having to do with some of the most pressing issues of our time. Many times students find themselves wondering just how to achieve this in writing - they want an A, B, C plan for writing. This does exist, it's just not the same for every student. What I encourage other tutors to do is provide guidance to college students on how to communicate their ideas to the world with confidence and clarity, stop regurgitating/summarizing, and be part of solutions through the act of writing. Many times I encourage students to bring their own experiences into writing and I encourage my colleagues to help their students do the same. It is by taking this kind of focuses approach that we can help college students learn about subjects they might be defensive about, become more clear and organized, and become better readers, writers, listeners, and critical thinkers.