I found our second writing class at Longwood to be helpful. The discussions about the assignment that was recently returned clarified some APA concerns that I had. I appreciated the one-on-one time to discuss my writing. Having been out of school for a number of year, I can not remember the last time I actually spoke to someone directly about what I have written. It was interesting that the APA guides varied depending on the month that they were printed.
The task to analyse the text really made me think about my own writing. I have always been picky about my content, organization, and the word choice. In retrospect, I was amazed at how critical I became analyzing the textbook. When I took a step back and remembered that what we read was only as small section of the chapter, my perspective softened. The assignment did emphasize how important clarity and organization are for a shorter writing assignment where you do not have an entire chapter to convey your meaning.
The time allocated for writing in the afternoon was productive for me but not for writing. Having an opportunity to bounce ideas off of others helped me clarify my topic. Finding articles and exploring some of the feature of the online searches was useful. If it is possible in the future, I would like a bit more time to think about an assignment before class begins. I tend to be more productive when I have time to organize my thoughts before I begin a task.