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EN111 Writing for Research instructed by Mr. Royce Camacho is highly recommended because such skill is needed in almost profession. Although it particularly focuses on presenting a research paper, the process of it has the major input to the individual's learning process and disposition. It is a course teaching a student how to think critically and reflectively. It also encourages students to be more aware of the media and resources being considered when dissipating information publicly. Writing for research has the combination of reading, analyzing, and writing---three skills needed to deliver a concrete, reliable, credible idea.
In this course, I learned to reflect more on what I read especially on what I decide to write in my paper. It helped me recognize my weaknesses and strengths. Because it particularly encouraged peer reviewing, my social skill has improved a little and my confidence has become a little stable. My writing process has also changed positively because I became more aware of my own thoughts, both influenced by my gut instincts and external factors. Overall, I believe the course has helped me significantly for my future classes and profession.
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Students must be mindful of reading articles and reflecting on such readings and writing process. They should avoid temptation and distractions when working on drafts. Students should not be afraid of asking for clarifications. In times of peer reviewing, students must handle criticisms smartly. They must also learn how to deliver a constructive criticisms toward their peers.
This class was tough.
I would definitely recommend this course to any incoming students. The course itself is a bit challenging, but I was lucky enough to have a great instructor. He went at the pace of the class and was very thorough with the information that he presented. If you are planning to EN 111, I would definitely recommend John Sarmiento.
The biggest skill that I learned from this course was critical thinking. Although it was a writing course, my class spent most periods on discussions about different topics that would ultimately lead each person in the class to pick a main topic for their final research paper. It may sound strange and it definitely was in the beginning, but as I attended more classes I began to realize the logic behind what the professor was trying to instill in the class as a whole. He wanted to open our eyes and discover that what really matters, is simply the ability to think critically and work with the material that is available in our research efforts. He wanted us to realize that we can create an original idea and write our thoughts on paper. With all his teachings, I began to notice that I did start to become a better writer. I was able to synthesize new information with previous information to create new ideas for myself. It was truly amazing and I felt that I left the course knowing that I would be fine in any future research endeavors. It was definitely a great course all thanks to my professor.
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Any person debating to take this course basically needs the willingness to learn. This course teaches people how to write for research and in doing research, there will always be new information that one will never have had prior knowledge on. The task of the person is to have an open mind and allow the new information a chance to offer a new perspective on the world around him or her. If one is unable to do this, it will definitely be a challenge.