Reflection paper

Since SEM/700R, I have learnt that writing is like a dialogue in that it involves sharing and discussing concepts from personal views and remaining open minded to other people’s ideas and assertions. Writing involves critical thinking that enables one to analyse and evaluate original ideas with the aim of improving them. Critical thinking enables one to analyse critical information, find evidence to support it, and evaluating ideas and assumptions in order to reach well-reasoned conclusion. While my writing skills have improved since taking SEM/700R, I still have few questions about writing.
While it is important to be open minded and consider diverse and contradictory assumptions, how could one incorporate ideas into writing without necessarily changing personal opinions and assumptions. Considering other people’s ideas and assumptions has greatly improved my writing skills but I still have problems in incorporating diverse assumptions without altering my assumptions. Another questing about writing involves how one could share ideas in writing without feeling uncomfortable about other people disagreeing with ideas.
I have learnt a lot about writing skills since SEM/700R by using various resources. These resources include the SAS Program website, books, journals and reviews. The resources have enabled me understand that both quality and quantity of my writing is important. This means that asking probing questions, considering alternative perspectives, analysing and synthesising ideas improves bot the quality and quantity of writing. This helps in engaging in meaningful writing that is open to different points of views and expanded understanding. Writing should also have a scholarly tone in that it should have proper grammar, spelling and free from plagiarism. In addition, writing should incorporate elaborations and details to support ideas and positions.
I have learnt a lot in scholarly writing mainly in its key components that include critical thinking, considering feedback, accuracy of data and having enough data to support ideas. My main strengths in scholarly writing are my ability to constantly check on my grammar and spelling. I have also realized that reading materials regarding a particular topic is not enough and that I need to consider critical thinking before putting my ideas into writing. I am working on being able to easily connect my ideas and findings so as to present my ideas in a coherent manner. However, I will need to improve my writing by avoiding generalization and figurative writing.
In order to improve my scholarly writing skills, I plan to use different university resources particularly the centre for writing excellence site, tutorials, guides and other academic sources from the library. In addition, I plan to attend lectures that touch on writing skills and participate in dialogues with other doctoral-level students on writing and presentation of ideas.
Writing is a cumulative process and having feedback enables one to improve their writing skills. Feedback plays an important role in the writing process as it enables one to know how readers respond to written ideas. One can use feedback to identify fresh insights and points of view that can strengthen the quality of writing. In addition, feedback enables a scholar to think deeply about something and provide the appropriate reply. In order to benefit from faculty and peer feedback to improve my writing, I will need to have a positive attitude while reviewing rubric from faculty and peer feedback in order to see where I lost points in writing. I could also use the feedback to think about my writing and fine-tune my ideas.

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