Personal Writing Assessment Reflection
Lesley A. Harrison
Personal Writing Assessment Reflection
The purpose of this paper is to personally reflect on my current skills and development areas. Using the results of the Personal Writing Assessment as a guide, I will discuss the areas where I show strength and also discuss the areas where I can benefit from utilizing Capella University’s vast library of resources. These resources offer me the opportunity to improve and gain greater proficiency. This personal reflection will enable me to build a strong foundation, as I begin my graduate studies. General Reflections
The Personal Writing Assessment showed that I am strong in areas such as writing an introduction, building a strong organizational structure within a paper and finally concluding my research and position topic. Areas that will require further improvement are punctuation and identifying the Abstract and Executive summaries. I was not surprised at the latter development opportunity, as I am not familiar with the terminology and official labelling of such writing summaries, despite using them often outside of the academic world. I was however, surprised at the punctuation assessment. I studied punctuation, the use of commas and conditional sub clauses within sentences during the high school English Language. I have always found this to be a strength of mine. However, I welcome the opportunity to seek an independent review of my individual skills so that I can continue to improve. APA Guidelines and Citations
One area of development that was not surprising to me was my ability to use the APA format and guidelines. My previous undergraduate studies were undertaken 21 years ago in the United Kingdom. I did not utilize APA guidelines when I quoted references in my papers. I therefore feel like I am learning this as a completely new skill, rather than refreshing previous understanding. I am blessed to have...
Citations: One area of development that was not surprising to me was my ability to use the APA format and guidelines. My previous undergraduate studies were undertaken 21 years ago in the United Kingdom. I did not utilize APA guidelines when I quoted references in my papers. I therefore feel like I am learning this as a completely new skill, rather than refreshing previous understanding. I am blessed to have coworkers who are also undertaking graduate studies and will look to them for guidance, as well as completing as many of the APA specific tutorials reviewing the APA Publication Manual.
Personal Writing Assessment Recommended Resources
The Personal Writing Assessment included many suggestions for tutorials, articles and other forms of information that will help me improve my current skills. I have listed those that pertain to the areas where I am weak, in my Writing Development Plan. With this plan as a guide, I have set goals to work on these areas and will also use the plan to capture other areas of development throughout the duration of this Unit.
I feel that this assignment has offered me a great opportunity to review my skills and identify areas of weakness early on, when I have time to dedicate to their improvement. I have been an avid writer for most of my adult life and was not concerned regarding my ability to capture my thoughts and write so that the reader can follow and understand. As I mentioned in the APA Guidelines section, I was not surprised that this was identified as an area that required more development. However, by making it a goal in my Writing Development Plan, I feel that I can prepare and study so that I become more comfortable using the guidelines. Such a proactive approach will definitely prepare me for the challenges ahead. I am pleased I completed the Personal Writing Assessment and feel more confident that I will be successful in my graduate studies.
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