University of Phoenix SEM/700R Dr. Kimberly Lowrey
Scholarly Writing Skill Reflection One of the most important ideas that occurs to me when I consider my ability to be a successful doctoral student relates to my capacity to write compelling papers that are supported by critical thinking skills and credible sources. In order to ensure that I move forward with a building a good foundation, I must identify my strengths and weaknesses, use resources as a means of support and guidance, and incorporate feedback when trying to improve my output. I believe that if I incorporate these ideas into my learning process, I will grow as a writer and as an overall student.
Knowing My Strengths and Weaknesses One of my strengths as a writer is that I am confident in my ability to use proper grammar, style and formatting. I was an English major in college, so I developed a unique writing style that is clear, convincing, and flows well. However, that in itself is in direct correlation to my biggest weakness. Because I have had years to develop a distinctive style, I have become accustomed to taking creative liberties and being guilty of wordiness and asserting my personal opinion. To be a successful academic writer, I must learn to be more cognizant of making every word count (Wellington, 2005, pp.152-153). Instead of sharing opinion and making vague statements, I must learn to state specific facts substantiated by credible sources. This should be relatively easy for me to improve on because at least I am aware of this shortcoming. I plan to use this knowledge as an opportunity for growth instead of a weakness.
Referring to Scoring Instruments and Resources The scoring instruments and writing resources supplied by University of Phoenix will undoubtedly be invaluable to me as I progress in my program. I will