W131 Reflection Paper

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During this semester of English W131, I have experienced both accomplishments and setbacks while learning how to improve my writing skills. Throughout the course, I have learned that writing is not only about how much information is in the paper, but also about how well the writer’s thoughts are expressed throughout the text. Practicing many different styles of writing as I did in the class has helped me tremendously with my delivery in my writing. I believe that this course was one to prepare us for future writing courses with professors we will encounter who will give us feedback that may puzzle us because it will require more work and more thinking. Although I have had difficulty in the class, I do believe that I have learned from my mistakes …show more content…
I say that because, prior to college, I was taught to not include my own thoughts in my writings and to be a neutral informer. However, I now realize that it is a necessity to include my thoughts in each of my writings, because since it is my own, readers want to hear my voice as well as the information. Information gathered, using the proper research skill I have gained, from either the university library or any other reliable sources. Another skill I have developed in this class is peer editing. Before my first college English class, I can honestly say that I did not peer edit others papers correctly. My classmates and I would do more of a proof reading edit to each other papers. Not saying that peer editing cannot include proof reading marks, but it is more for comments and suggestion to each other essays. For example, suggesting for someone to change their paper either global or locally. Global, meaning changing a larger section, which could change the purpose of one’s writing or the organization of the paper. Locally, meaning reconstructing a micro aspect of one’s writing. Typically, a sentence or two exchanging words for clearer explanation, or correcting grammatical …show more content…
With the information I educated myself on, I would then include it into my essay without plagiarizing while incorporating my own thoughts. While it is important to have my own opinions in my essay, I do realize that the author from who I am gathering information from thoughts should be integrated as well. Using quotations from the author is how I included the author’s perspective. Also, at the end of each essay I was required to properly cite each source I obtained using MLA format. To properly do both of these requirements I used the online writing lab, Purdue

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