1.Introduce the discussion with an overview of the progress you have made in the course.
Technical and professional writing is a very difficult subject when you get into the particulars of it. Because I had to do research online and research within my e-book I have really learned a beneficial skill of evaluation and research. Having to dig through information and analyze it and decide what was relevant and what was pertinent to the subject matter was really helpful. It showed me how to analyze information and put it into written form correctly and to convey my ideas in a way that was not only formal but realistic.
- Evaluate every assignment you posted and be honest and analytical in examining the strengths and weaknesses in your writing
The initial discussion board showed I really didn’t have a strong writing ability. It really didn’t flow very well and wasn’t entirely clear. As I worked through my different assignments I could clearly see the improvement in my writing. I honestly could see the font, spacing and the grammar actually a little better every time. Almost every aspect of my writing improved as I went through my different assignments. From the initial discussion board and then the proposal and the flyer I could see a clear differentiation between not only the writing style but the formatting of the written page itself. By the time I got to the progress report I was really on my way. The font was perfect the prose were clean, crisp and clear. My spacing was perfect and the grammar just shined. I can also see a reflection in the grades. I honestly see a correlation between the improvement in my writing and the grades that I was getting. I believe it was at the brief message and proposal writing I saw the most improvement and that’s when when I got my first one hundred percent. Going back through my assignments was a very beneficial task. I not only saw the progression in my thinking and grammar but I saw the progression in my overall performance. This class definitely help me to improve my writing not only grammatically but structurally.
- Address the most important professional writing skills you would like to improve on and discuss possible strategies to affect these ends.
I think that the most important aspect in my professional writing that I would like to improve on is the actual content. I think that grammar, spelling and things of this nature are easy to check and are easy to correct, especially with the software we have. My problem is coming up with pertinent content. Researching is hard. Reading other people’s work and putting it into your own words is very difficult especially for me. So understanding the content that I’m studying and then conveying it into my own words or conveying it into an appropriate manner is probably the hardest thing for me. So in order for me to improve writing better content I probably should study great content writers. Doing research on other people’s content especially when those people are adept at writing good content is probably a very effective way to increase my skills. And then of course practicing the actual writing. Practice makes perfect as they say. This is a cliché but it absolutely true. I think studying good content and practicing writing good content would be the best way to improve this skill.
- Close with a discussion on how the course has helped shape your academic and professional future.
I currently work as a Search Engine Optimization Specialist. Writing effective papers and writing good content is very necessary in my trade. On the internet you’ll find great written discussions and written papers all over the web. Writings that are engaging and stimulating and beautifully written. This class has actually helped shape me into a better writer. I’ve actually written content for websites using the skills that I have learned in this class. For my career, this was a very beneficial class for me to take especially at this point in my journey. I used to think I was a great writer, this class made me realize that I have a long way to go and a lot of work to do. So I’m going to hash it out become a better writer and use the skills and use the knowledge that I have gained from this class in my work.