Provide feedback to two of your peers. Use these
questions to guide your feedback:
- What do you like about the writing?
- What areas confused you?
- What areas do you want to know more about?
Please remember that your job as a peer responder is to provide
feedback about craft, style, and clarity. It is not to edit the grammar
and mechanics of the paper.
Please respond to the following autobiographies.
a teenager, growing up in a large working class family whose parents
did not have a formal education, the importance of scholarly writing
skills were not highly stressed upon me. Instead, proficient rudimentary
writing and math skills for skilled labor professions were the focus in
my household. However, when I graduated from high school with excellent
grades, my parents realized that it was in my best interest for me to
pursue a post-secondary education. As a result, they were very
supportive and wanted me to reach my full academic potential. Moreover,
my parents and my siblings were excited that I was the first child in
our family to attend college. My journey to college began
at a county college where I earned my associate degree. Subsequently, my
determination and energy gained me two Masters Degrees with
endorsements in administration and a specialist in reading. Eight
years later, I am now pursuing my doctorate in educational leadership.
Throughout my academic years, I have been required to do variations of
writing assignments that were more challenging and satisfying than
others. During collegiate journey, I continued to discover my strengths
and weaknesses as an academic writer and what genres are most satisfying
and difficult for me.
Academic Writing: Strengths & Weaknesses
is difficult for me to analyze my own writing. However, I perceive that
my writing strengths are my thoroughness in including details to
support what I am articulating and the reader-friendly manner in which I
structure of my writings. Specifically, I put forth much effort in
eliminating unnecessary information, esoteric vocabulary, and
embellishments. I suppose I am conscientious of the
aforementioned because I get disinterested and easily distracted when I
am reading writings that convey an abundance of information in two pages
when it could have been accomplished in one. Additionally, I perceive
that I structure my writings fairly well. I outline my information prior
to processing my writings so that the information that I am attempting
to convey does not get “lost” in a sea of disorganized text.
writing weaknesses include the minor grammatical inconsistencies, such
as, tense usage and its congruency throughout my papers. For example, if
I am citing an author: John (2003) argued or John (2003) argues…”
I can easily get fixated on grammatical details and continue to
question myself to levels of frustration. However, if I am writing my
paper in the context of past or present tense, I normally use the same
tense for citations. Becker (2007) and Soomo Publishing (2010)
argued that many students become too compulsive about every aspect of
the writing process. Becker (2007) described, “They start over and over
again, destroying reams of paper, working over the first sentence or
paragraph again as they find each successive try unsatisfactory in some
new way” (p. 49). Such writing
practice has become a distraction for me, and I continue to ponder over
the accuracy of grammatical miscues. In addition to what I deem as minor
grammatical weaknesses, I also struggle with the syntactical/contextual
aspects of writing, such as the overuse of pronouns. For example, these
are the writing challenges that hinder my writing process: “one cannot understand if one does…” and/or “him or her” in lieu of s/he. I attempt to evade these writing challenges by avoiding the aforementioned.
Genre Difficulties and Satisfactions
I continue to further develop my writing strengths and work towards
eliminating my weaknesses, there are academic genres that I do not feel
prepared or eager to tackle and others that I thoroughly enjoy writing
about. Specifically, I do not enjoy and find it difficult to write
academic reviews, which require summarization, analyzing, and
synthesizing information from multiple sources. Reading academic reviews
and writing about them across unfamiliar disciplines has been
dissatisfying and challenging for me. I have little interest in
scholarly reviews and informative reports that require expository
writing and a thorough understanding of academic theories of practice.
Ironically, I was surprised when my professor commented on how well I
constructed my literature review on Academic Perceptions of African American Students.
a find it challenging and dissatisfying to write academic reviews, I
find it satisfying to write about social science genres because I have a
deep interest in social issues. During my graduate studies, I enjoyed
writing my thesis about HIV in schools and The Right to Know.
Although, the research required expository and scientific information, I
acquired the knowledge and writing skills to conduct a quality
thesis/research paper. Additionally, I adhered to the course rubric,
research standards, and writing format.
with most challenges, applying more effort, practice and determination
can assist one in overcoming obstacles that they face in life. I will
continue put forth an effort and accept constructive critiques from my
peers and academic scholars to improve my writing skills, which will
prepare me to undertake any scholarly genre. However, I would like to
seek feedback that is thorough, descriptive, and accompanied with
helpful explanations, examples, and suggestions to improve my scholarly
writing skills (Tamuwritingcenter, 2010; “Chapter Three: Literature
As an academic writer, my strengths are in basic
writing, research, and organization. I am very good at writing
literature reviews or other research based writing. I enjoy searching
for the right articles through searchable databases, such as EbscoHost. I
enjoy doing this type of research and being exposed to other academic
knowledge. The research is my favorite part of academic writing. I have
very high organizational skills when I am organizing my writing. I am
able to succinctly select specific information and incorporate different
academic knowledge resources into a cohesive explanation or argument.
My undergrad Capstone included secondary and primary research and was
almost 50 pages, I received a 100 percent grade. That was probably the
most defining point in my academic writing career. I am trying to
improve so that I can get published academically. My weakness as an
academic writer is that I have not been published in an academic journal
and I don’t know where to start or how to go about becoming published
in the academic world. I don’t know enough about becoming published in
an academic journal to even know where to begin! This is a goal of mine
and I would like to hit this goal before I turn 40.
I have written in non-fiction
and fiction genres as a freelance writer. I mostly write web-based
articles because these are easy to sell and fairly easy to write,
although the pay is not very good. I average about ten dollars an hour,
although some projects are much more and some are less. I have published
over 250 articles over the last decade, however some of these articles
are in website databases for later use. Articles such as ‘How to clean
your silverware?’ or ‘What should I name my dog?’ are considered fluff
articles that websites cycle out of a database when they need content
rather than hire a writer all time. I have also written more articles
that were ‘ghost’ written so I did not receive an author’s bio for
these. My favorite genre is fiction, I love writing short stories and
have been published three times in fiction, mostly I write fantasy or
science fiction. I wrote a science fiction novella but it never sold, it
was not that good. However, I have a deep love for science fiction and
high fantasy, a genre that is very difficult to break into.
The most difficult piece of writing was for my
theater class, because it was an online class we had the option of
writing a script. This was the first time I had ever written a script so
I had to write very carefully. I received a 100% and my instructor even
said that I should see about getting it turned into a movie or
television series. I was really proud of the script and it was actually a
pretty great story, and was difficult to write because of the specifics
of scripts—you have to know when someone enters, from where, what is in
the background, specific props, where people stand/cross, and other
Although I love writing fiction, my life goal is to
work in education and probably write textbooks. I would like to write
mostly on the disparity and social justice for the furthering of women
with disabilities and domestic violence histories to receive education
and become successful scholars. Once I am done with my doctorate I will
probably write fiction as a hobby, but as a career I want to focus on
improving education and education access for women with disabilities and
living in poverty.