Think about a recent piece of writing which you did as you work
through these answers. This may have been as part of a course, or
something informal. The exercise will help you think about the
kind of writing work you may have to do at university.
If I am given a title to
work from I can usually understand what it is asking me to
I understand the
difference between types of writing, e.g. writing a report,
making a leaflet
I usually know what a
piece of writing is for and how it will be used.
I am sometimes not
clear who my reader will be and what they will expect.
I always show throughout
my writing where the ideas come from
I can take and use
notes from books, speakers and other sources
When I take notes I try
to write everything down rather than identifying the key
I know how to put other
people’s ideas and references into my writing using my own
words or quoting
It is very hard for me to
I usually make a plan
before starting work
I do my best to answer
Sometimes I find it hard
to stick to the point and get side-tracked
I always try to ensure my
writing flows smoothly
Sometimes I find myself
waffling and don’t write clearly and concisely
I try to write in
I make a draft of my work
which I can edit and correct
When I have writing to do
I start straight away rather than planning
I can keep to word limits
When I have finished I
check spelling, grammar and punctuation
I find it hard to
identify what I need to improve
I try to avoid making
extreme or dogmatic statements.
I tend to use "I" and
"you" a lot.
I avoid using the same
word over and over again
I try not used slang or
words common in everyday speech
Sometimes I forget who I
am writing for
I always use a computer
to word process my assignments
I usually use a computer
to keep records and to store the information I might need
I know how to format my
I know how to organise my
information on my computer
I know how to format my
writing e.g. using headings and page numbers
I can copy and paste text
from one programme to another
I can open and save files
on network drives, and drives I share with others.
I can put information
into a spreadsheet, such as Excel, create a chart and use it
in my work
I can insert pictures
into my written work.
I know how to use email
and understand its strengths and limitations.
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Last updated on: 6th December 2006