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Reflective Essay

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Writing 101: My Trials and Tribulations
Writing 101

As my first English college course nears its end, I can’t help but be proud of the minor yet significant improvements I have made throughout the last eight weeks. I enrolled in WRTG 101S to meet my general education requirements, but also to refresh my reading and writing skills, as it provides the foundation for most other college courses. When I began WRTG 101S, I was uneasy with the quality of my research, formatting, and writing; now I am confident in my ability to produce well-written literature.
Over the past eight weeks, I have learned much about the writing process and the importance of prewriting, writing, and revising to ensure ...view middle of the document...

They provided me with much needed guidance on creating an effective thesis statement and the method in which I plan to appeal to an audience (i.e. logos, pathos, or ethos). These skills enhanced my ability to properly introduce the purpose of the essay and the method in which I would capture the audiences’ attention. The exercises also aided in learning the correct structure of a paragraph, to include topic sentences, supporting sentences, and concluding sentences. This process guarantees that all necessary information is presented in an organized and logical manner while also ensuring that the reader is well informed or persuaded. I’ve also learned the importance of using transition words to unify each paragraph, causing each to transition smoothly to the following paragraphs within the writing assignment. Each section that makes up the body of a paragraph is crucial to the overall success of the literature.
Additionally, locating and integrating credible resources through the UMUC library database has played a significant role in gathering information to support the thesis in my writing assignments. Before taking this course I knew very little about what makes a source credible. The exercises on types of sources within the conference week six folder were valuable in identifying exactly what information indicates that a potential source can be used for a writing assignment, which requires scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. I also learned how to use the UMUC library database more efficiently in order to seek out reliable information. This was a great tool that I used for many assignments including the cause and effect and research-supported essays. The database allowed me to narrow down several hundred thousand articles to just a few, making my journey to finding useful articles much less...

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