The whole class was warned on the assignment and feared the near apparence of it. The Investigative Report was now assigned to the classroom. Research papers have always been an assignment that I have struggle with over the past few years. The Investigative Report required us to choose an issue and in precise terms make clear why the issue needs to be investigated. The assignment also required convincing facts and details to help readers understand how the issue affects different groups.
Throughout my education, I had to do many essays. The most common was a persuasive essay, taking a side on an issue and defending my opinion. Before doing the academic writing I had to do as much reading and research to have valid arguments and evidence to support them. If we want to pursue an individual we need to be experts in the topic and have confidence. If we do not do many reading we will not project the confidence we should.
The choice to return to school in and of it's self is one that requires a great deal of thinking, research, preparation, and decisions. During the mix of applying to schools and financial aid, we sometimes lose track of the degree of deication and commitment that is required once returing to school, myself included. This is my thrid time returning to school, primarly for this reason. Althought I have failed to complete higher education, up until this point, I have drawn out a success plan this time, before even beginning to look for a potential school, to ensure not just my success but that of my family as well. After long conversations with my husband and hours of thinking, I decided, that before I started the process of looking for school, or even applying for financial aid, I need to setting goals for myself.
Starting my paper became a challenge. I knew what I wanted to be the main points of my paper but I didn’t know how to exactly use ethos, pathos, and logos when it was a film I was analyzing instead of a text. Proofreading is still one of the things that I struggle most with in any paper. While writing my rough draft, I tend to get ahead of myself and just go on to tangents. When I proofread my own work I may not catch on to all the little grammar errors.
While TEAM is meant to be a form of transition from the high school to university setting, I still struggled with the rigor of the courses, which honestly, walking into the first time, I underestimated. But I adapted and learned from those around me- I asked for advice from more experienced students, I talked to academic counselors, I spoke to professors, trying to get a grasp of what it was that I needed to do to be successful. My first semester was a semester of trial and error; I learned a lot, despite my resulting grades saying otherwise. I learned what it took to be successful, that I couldn 't just go through the motions. I learned one of the most important lessons of my college career thus far, and it is this- in order to be successful here (at Texas A&M), you must immerse yourself in every lesson, every lecture, every class.
What insights have I gained about research from taking this course? The insights I have achieved, there are different methods in constructing a research study I understand more in doing a research exploration, my mentor kept asking me if I had completed the research required for projects for my classroom. I did not understand what was a real research study or someone writing a story from their experiences. I now understand how to look for research studies conducted by researchers. In what ways have your ideas about the nature of doing research changed?
When reading through a multitude of articles, a skill that needed to be honed was annotating. Asking questions and underlining important parts were things I already knew how to do. However, a tool of annotation that I did not utilize was identifying the structure of a paper. Learning how an article organized its paragraphs and highlighting the thesis was a tool that I learned to incorporate later on while researching articles and noticing which ones correlated with my paper. Identifying the thesis within an article helped me understand the meaning of a thesis in context to the whole paper.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my thoughts, observations, and reflections on the academic writing that was presented within the Capella University writing course. The enclosed portfolio will provide additional detail to what I have learned throughout this course, and showcase my strengths and weaknesses. During the course, I have evolved within my writing due to the specific way this course compartmentalized each step of the writing process. For example, the first three units provided a way to analyze research on a specific topic and critique the data presented in the scholarly article. I have always felt that my research skills were good, however, the feedback received made me realize that I need to critique the studies more to be able to apply the results to my topic of interest.
I was not confident in my writing before, but now I am. Professor Karl taught me ways to incorporate new techniques into my writing, as well as following the proper rules required by the University. Furthermore, the textbook was a life saver, it reminded me of small details that I learned back in high school that are quite important when writing a paper. Subsequently, I will continue to practice my writing and incorporate everything that I learned throughout this course in the future. Learning never stops and I’m always open to learning new techniques that will help me become a better writer.
Thinking of what to write for the thesis and introduction was a huge deal for me. I never really knew how to express myself with the correct vocabulary, but with these past years and experiences I’ve learned that with time and practice everything gets