Over the past few months, I have learned several different writing techniques. While all of the different types of papers were difficult to write, I believe that my writing skills have improved. In fact, I did not understand all of the assignments, but I did try to do my best on all of them. While I should have used more transitional words in between sentences and paragraphs, I feel that I learned a great deal. It is true that I have not had very much writing experience and the writing process is difficult for me. Sometimes, I do admit, it takes days to complete one assignment, but it will be worth it when I am a proficient writer.
For example, the research paper was one of the most difficult assignments that I have ever written. I did not consider the amount of research that I needed to make an effective argument. In the middle of the assignment, I had wished I picked another subject but felt I did a good job. I am also quite surprised how well this paper turned out and feel that if other people read it they would feel the same way. However, I know that I can make it a better paper if I use the transition words and more intelligent verbs.
I did not understand an effective quote sandwich at first. I did not introduce the person effectively. For example, when quoting someone, one should write something such: as Balko points out that, he is upset with insurance companies (Balko). This example is in my own words and is an example of a paraphrase. I quoted people and then would not write what I thought about the quote afterwards. When doing this in an essay, the teacher has no way of knowing what the student is trying to convey. A proper quote should start with an introduction. After the introduction, you have to say what the person has said, followed by what you think about what they said. After doing this, a student should cite the author by using parentheses. I did not know that a writer was supposed to do this. My first paper was very inadequate.
Additionally, I also cited sources and then forgot where I got the information. However, the use of citing information and research was also one of my debilitating points....