A meta-analysis of my writing process
- Following the basic framework of planning, writing and revision
- Learning the critical steps in writing process
- Providing feedback, guided by the information taught in the classroom
Mastering the art of writing was not an easy journey for me. What we had done back in high school was totally different from this. The assignments were totally different in terms of content require and level of neatness. The quality of assignments I present to my teachers have continued to improve over time. My confidence in writing a good paper was low but through this semester, I have made tremendous improvements. I can clearly structure my writing and I feel more confident that when I had in my work to be marked, I have given it my best shot. My teacher taught me that by knowing what is expected of me, planning my work or essay writing thoroughly and getting it in on time will make me feel more at ease with myself.
Revision for the final examinations is another aspect of this course that I have learnt a lot. The process of balancing study, rest and recreation can be very stressful. Part of studying and sitting for examinations is revision. The process of revision entails preparation, identifying the hard subjects and focusing more on them. Through this class I have learnt that examination is simply a test of learning and not memory. I also was able to realize that revision for examination should be a process of consolidating understanding as opposed to try cramming as much information as possible before an exam in the next morning. The most important thing to do for a successful revision is to make a plan. This would avoid me losing my precious revision time. I realized that I been wasting a lot of time trying to cram as I used to do in high school. For the first time what I was being taught made sense to me after I stopped cramming.
Feedbacks from my teacher have been very helpful to me as they have helped me improve my work. For instance, I remember researching a topic before drafting. After an invaluable feedback from my lecturer I conducted additional research as part of revising my work. Feedbacks have helped me develop flexible writing process. This has been very important as I encounter different types of writing tasks that require me to work through various steps and stages to produce final, polished texts.
Another leap that I have made in my writing process is the ability to master the conventions. These are the formal rules that define what writers consider correct or incorrect in a piece of writing. These rules may include surface features of a text like spelling and attribution of sources, as well as global concerns like style, tone, content, organization and evidence. These conventions have facilitated reading for me, by making material easier to comprehend. They also create common expectations between my work and what the teacher wants. Part of the conventions is the use proper referencing and citations. I have learned to work with a variety of referencing styles like Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA) and Harvard. In text citation and including a page of all the references have helped me avoid plagiarism in all my assignments.
I believe learning writing skills is a continuous process that I intend to carry on with me. Writing is very important in any profession and it needs to be nurtured so that students become better writers.
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