An important observation and realization after teaching writing for thirty-five years at the high school, community college, and college level:
Most junior and seniors in high school, and freshmen in college have no strategy for writing the multi-page essays and research papers many will need to succeed at the college and graduate school level. In fact, many have no idea even where to begin lengthy writings.
My former students have come back and commented numerous times that from my techniques, they are comfortable and successful with their college writing assignments and classes, while other students struggle to begin and complete their assignments.
Here is the system that I developed over thirty-five years, and that students have responded to so well.