buhle











Dear Marlen

Since the beginning of the semester I have enjoyed your lectures and glad to be part of them and they’re great. It has been a different learning approach to research writing which I thought would be a walk in the park. The first week every thing seemed bleak beacuse I never knew where to start or choose a topic for my research. Which was my major concern but after taking time to think what I want to write about was the choice of what do I know more of and what I am I interested in. Rather than what can I thought would be easy to write about.

The work load has been stressful and overwhelming because at times I find myselsf not knowing where to start and what to write about. I feel confused to the extent of writing last minute because I wouldnt have a choice and it would have to be submitted. Also it takes time to understand what is being required when I read the entries on the syllabus. I push myself to make sure all work is written to my ability and understanding. I feel i have the will to finish the paper but my mind is saying   rest. Half the time I am doing english even in my self because I feel I have left something out. Probably I frustrate myself, I dnt know….. My concern is handing the paper on time and being able to remember what I have learnt, as everything feels like a rush and  a need to get over it. 

What I have also noticed is that when I know what to write I dnt spend a lot of time beating around the bush. Mostly  I hope the work will seem easier, currenlty after meeting with kelly and astushi, they hve made it clear on what I should do for my paper. End they have really helped and thank you for assigning them as your assistances.   My group members have been great too, they help where they can but the work is up to me. I guess its how I interpret …

 

yours sincerely

buhle

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marlen says:

Hi Buhle,

Thanks for your continued active participation in our class. It really helps me as an instructor when you share your ideas and questions, and I’m sure it helps your peers as well.

Yes, it is a lot of work, but you’re doing a GREAT job so far. Your blogging homework shows much effort and critical thinking, and I’m excited to follow the progress of your paper. I would say that you’re definitely on track for an “A” right now.

Proposal: Looks great so far! Careful with your formatting and citations and try to create more cohesive paragraphs:

Xenophobia is defined as hatred or fear of strangers or foreigners. Racism is a belief that a particular race is superior to the other; social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her biological characteristics.

…where did these definitions come from? Be sure to cite or quote ideas that are not your own and don’t be afraid to use even more quotes and citations in a proposal.

As you continue your work, do more reading and learn more about research writing, your proposal will change shape and focus.

If you haven’t already noticed, your blog work is direct preparation for critical reading and writing. In fact, you’ve already been researching for 4 weeks now and practicing skills that will support you when writing your paper.

Thanks for being an inquisitive and motivated student. I look forward to working with you throughout the rest of the semester.

Marlen



marlen says:

p.s. – for example:

Xenophobia is defined as hatred or fear of strangers or foreigners. Racism is a belief that a particular race is superior to the other; social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her biological characteristics.

this could be re-written as:

According to Dictionary.com, xenophobia is defined as “hatred or fear of strangers or foreigners” (“Xenophobia”). Racism is a belief that a particular race is superior to the other; social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her biological characteristics (Anekal, 1998).



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