Reflective Essay Writing

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Writing an essay often seems to be an overwhelming task for many individuals. For students like myself, who came from another country, writing can be more difficult and challenging. It can be very frustrating to fully comprehend an idea, and being unable to express it proficiently in English can be excruciating. For these reasons, assistance is often needed to become an effective writer. The focus of this paper is to demonstrate the process on how I organized and accomplished my most recent essay, and to identify the struggles I encountered when writing the paper. In addition, plans on how to improve my next paper, based on the teacher’s feedback from my previous essay, and topics including methods on how instructors can help develop my essay …show more content…

Understanding the assignment requirements carefully was the first step I made in preparation for writing the essay. Once I understood the assignment, my next step was to establish a thesis, followed by finding pertinent data to support my arguments. After analyzing the data collected, I generated an outline for the essay using the evidences I gathered. The outline would help me ensure that all the questions and requirements the assignment was asking for were answered, and that my answers can have a consistent flow of syntax and diction. After I had prepared my ideas and written an outline, I proceeded in writing my first essay draft, followed by editing, and then making sure that I followed the American Psychological Association (APA) format. The time spent on producing the content of the essay estimated to be approximately eight hours, while the time spent for editing was roughly an hour an a …show more content…

There are a variety of ways that teachers can do to assist students to meet this goal. One instance is providing and discussing examples of good student writings. This will help me and my fellow students to recognize the components of what makes good work and it would help students identify alternative methods to use when writing for a specific assignment. Providing detailed feedback for syntax and grammar errors can also be helpful in improving my writing. For example, instead of writing “awk” as a feedback on a poorly constructed sentence, it would be more helpful if the teacher were to provide reasons to why it was awkward and to give clear instructions. It may impede the teacher’s free time, but their help will give me an opportunity to use it as a guide when revising my writing and it will improve my future essay assignments. Over the years of my schooling, I have gradually developed my writing preparation to help me become a better writer. I continue to find ways to improve my writing abilities by working on my weaknesses and by incorporating the feedback I receive from my peers and my instructors into my essays. At times, I still struggle when preparing to start my essay, but with precise and organized planning and obtaining the help of others, I am certain that I will become more proficient in my writing

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