Throughout this research essay, I have learned many different techniques for improving my writing ability. A part of this process that made a big impact on my paper was the editing and revising time given in class. During the time that we had to edit and revise our paper, Mrs. Reed (my teacher) gave us numerous opportunities to collectively share our thoughts and ideas with our table partners. I had pages of comments that both my table mates gave me on Eli Review. I found the comments very useful in cleaning up my essay and finding a better focus. Often times when I’m writing a paper I forget to get opinions from peers. This time around, I loved the amount of criticism I was able to get from my table group.
Another aspect that helped me throughout this process was the book Reading Rhetorically. With the help of this piece of literature, I was able to take a deeper look to see if the information I was using was valid or not. I did not give much thought about how important finding factual data was until I read this book. For example, I was reading an article that I thought was held valid information in it but once doing research on the author it turned out to be someone who was not focused on psychology and rather a high school student. I believe one topic that Reading Rhetorically highlighted was that the information that you are putting in your paper is put in place to help validate what you are arguing. I found reading this book extremely helpful. It helped me make a research paper become more feasible and walked me through various steps to get it down in a timely manner.
A part that was difficult for me was actually beginning the composing and the starting of the writing process. I did not know where to start. Before, starting an 8-page research essay with a full works cited page intimidated me. Mrs. Reed gave us time to formulate an outline and a messy rough draft to gather all of our ideas on to one sheet. One thing that helped me the most through this entire process was the messy draft. I liked how Mrs. Reed assured us that the draft was supposed to be our thoughts and ideas on what we wanted the paper to be. Before this project, I thought that a first draft had to be a fully finished paper. I now have a different perspective of what a rough draft can be.I learned that it does not need to be a clean-cut writing piece. I think this research paper has not only increased my knowledge of introverts and extroverts but also has improved my writing process.
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