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Landon Ramirez
Laurie Eckhart
English 1301
25 January 2012
Diagnostic Writing Prompt
1. How comfortable are you with academic writing?
I am quite comfortable with academic writing. I displayed exceptional skill in comprehensive writing when I was in high school, and I feel confident that, despite the time that has passed, my skills are still proficient. I have always taken pride in my spelling, and I have an obsessive compulsion toward proper grammar when writing in a professional manner. 2. What problems do you anticipate the need to address?

Although I have my confidence, I do feel that my writings skills are a bit rusty and not on a par with what they once were. Formatting is a particular subject with which I will need to be reacquainted, as my last college was overly lenient when it came to the formats of submitted essays. 3. What would you like to get out of this class (i.e., personal goals)?

There are several things I would like to achieve from this class. First, I would definitely like to improve my knowledge of proper grammar. I truly believe that, when trying to display an air of professionalism, the improper use of grammar can be a sign of mediocrity in a person’s character. Proper grammar use can aid a person to sound intellectual and competent.

Secondly, I would like to extend my vocabulary. I have found myself sounding redundant too many times. I hope that knowing a vaster range of words will help.
Lastly, and perhaps the most important, I would like to learn how to properly format a variety of essay styles. I feel undereducated in this area and would like to know more. 4. How motivated are you to change and improve your writing?

I am very motivated. I know that having the knowledge of proper writing can enable me to rise above any competition in presentation, as well as save time in editing. Improving one’s writing skills is always beneficial, and I know there is always room to improve. I want to be taken seriously in the real...
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