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The writing required in college courses may be different than anything you’ve encountered before. English classes taken in middle school, and sometimes in the early years of high school, provide the basics, but many students lose these skills before they begin college. In addition, for nontraditional students who haven’t studied English in a while, making the transition to academic writing can be difficult.

Professors in all majors expect students to enter their courses with high-level writing skills. A gap in skill level is often met with remedial English courses in the first semester of college. Use this guide to refresh your knowledge of basic grammar rules, and to understand what you need to know and apply in your college classes. This resource can also serve as a reference as you complete your first written assignments.
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Teen Health:

Adolescent Health Transition Project
A resource for adolescents with special health care needs, chronic illnesses, physical or developmental disabilities. From the University of Washington, Seattle.
Girl Health
"Created by young women for young women." Topics include physical and mental health issues, education and employment, immigration, domestic violence and sexual abuse, pregnancy, STDs, and much more. From GirlSource Technology and Leadership Program Participants in San Francisco.
Go Ask Alice
Like an online "Dear Abby", only cooler. You can Ask Alice questions anonymously, or Search Alice to read answers to other people's questions about relationships, sexuality, alcohol and drug abuse, and more.
Health Information Project
Provides consumer health and substance abuse prevention materials addressing issues of concern to teens, families and youth agencies in teen-reviewed, teen-recommended formats. From the Mid-Hudson NY Library System.
IWannaKnow
If you have questions about puberty, sexuality, or STDs, this is a good place to get answers. From the American Social Health Association.
Massachusetts Child Labor Laws
Quick facts about the rules for teens working in Massachusetts, with resources available for more information. From the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
NOAH: New York Online Access to Health
A good place to find links to information on specific diseases, disorders, and other health issues. Some material is available in Spanish.
Resources for Teens Experiencing Grief
A selection of books and other resources for teens experiencing grief due to the loss or illness of a loved one.
Samariteens
The main suicide hotline for teens in Massachusetts, with other helpful information for teens in crisis. This teen help line provides confidential peer support and understanding to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, this service is staffed by volunteers between the ages of 16 and 18; outside those hours, calls are answered by adult volunteers.
Sex, Etc.
See what your peers are saying about love, sex, and relationships. "We wanted to give teens a place to go in cyberspace that gave them accurate, up-front information on their sexuality." From the Network for Family Life Education, Rutgers University.
¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina!
This bilingual website, available in Spanish and English, is designed to help Hispanic girls and young women with health and social issues. Includes sections on family, body image, role models, planning for the future, mental and physical health, and more. From the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Take Charge of Your Health!
A teenager's guide to better health, from the National Institutes of Health.
Teenwire
A great site for your questions about health and sexuality. Answers from experts, information in Spanish, and "what to do when you don't know what to do" guides. A must-see. From the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Teen Workers
The premier site for teen worker safety and health information provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Drugs and Drug Abuse Information

NIDA: Information for Students
Research information about the effects of drug abuse on the brain and interactive activities to help you learn more about various drugs and how they affect how your brain works. It also features links to interesting information about the work that other scientists at the National Institutes of Health are doing. From the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
NIDA: Information on Common Drugs of Abuse
Research reports, fact sheets and other publications from the National Institute on Drug Abuse with links to other online sources. Excellent starting point for school papers and projects.
Drugs: What You Should Know
Helpful articles on various abused drugs, a substance abuse quiz, and links to additional resources. From familydoctor.org.
Get it Straight!
An online publication from the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Each chapter contains information about specific drugs. At the beginning of each chapter and sub-chapter, is an explanation of what's up with each drug, what it's called on the street, a description of how it looks, where it comes from, how it's used, and/or the legal issues surrounding its use.




   

  
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