So what did I really learn in English 102? I learned that Owl Purdue is the best place to go to learn how to cite a source. I have always used the Sons of Citation. The Sons of Citation website is not always correct so I now use Owl Purdue and have found it to be more helpful. Remembering that if it is not my own thought, I must cite is critical. I certainly don’t want to be a “thief”.
I have learned that if I use active verbs my paper will have a better impact on my audience. Remembering to not use you & one will not offend my audience. However I can start a sentence with I. But I should not use, I think or I feel. I should just state whatever I want to say because it is ok to have an opinion and to state that opinion.
One of the things that I like to use and should not is a contraction. Contractions make it easier to use the wrong verb form. A contraction also does not increase my word count. I need to avoid them.
When writing a paper, I should slow down and never ever turn in my rough draft. My rough draft is a work in progress. I should expect to have to rewrite a paper a couple of times before I turn it in. The writing process has many stages, prewriting, drafting, rewriting, peer editing, final drafts and reflections are all the stages a writer should be taking.
The most important thing I learned that if it is not my thought, I must cite it!