posted by anonymoys .
While correct grammar and usage are basic ecpectations in all kinds of writing, the larger aspects such as content and development are given far greater weight than style and mechanics, especially at the cllege level. In a 100-point paper, for example, perhaps 80% of the score will go to content and development while only 20% will be allocated to style and mechanics. What might be the logic behind such an approach?
What's the purpose of writing anything?
is that yourlogic behind such an approach
In college, the focus is to teach you to THINK - putting ideas together, exploring possibilities, making intellectual discoveries.
Hopefully, HS has giving you the mechanics to communicate these. If it didn't then you need to do some serious mechanical review.
You also need to keep in mind that if the mechanics of your writing (spelling, punctuation, grammar, usage, etc.) is so bad that the content cannot be read, the paper will probably receive a zero until it becomes readable!