A common complaint students have is that they can't get the ideas in their heads down on paper when completing a writing assignment for any given course.
They have ideas and concepts of what they wish to write, but they have difficulties translating those thoughts into concisely and effectively written sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
A way for students to bridge this obstacle is the use of a voice recorder. Most cell phones, MP3 players, and laptops have voice recording functions. Most smartphones and tablets have voice recorder applications either preloaded or available for download from an app store.
Handheld cassette tape recorders are also available from most major retailers.
First, student writers can speak into the recorder and capture their current thoughts, ideas, and theories for a writing project. Next, the students can play back the recording to jot down notes on anything that may be useful for the paper or assignment. Then, students can piece together their notes into full sentences and paragraphs. As students work through their written material, the paper or composition will start to emerge.
Students who still have concerns about the quality of the writing should speak to their course instructor or visit their campus tutoring or writing center for additional help.