Written Communication Self-Evaluation

Level: Basic

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.

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Section 1

If I am given a title to work from I can usually understand what it is asking me to do.

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

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Section 2

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 points

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 start writing

I usually make a plan before starting work

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Section 3

I do my best to answer the question

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 well-formed paragraphs

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Section 4

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

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Section 5

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

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ICT

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 writing using

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