Start free writing and brainstorming about topics I find interesting
Read my classmates’ discussion board posts before I get started. I like to have an idea of how other people are approaching the topic to see if I’m on the right track
I have other assignments I need to do first, so I don’t really think about it until at least Friday
Panic a little and worry that I can’t do it
Break down the assignment into smaller tasks to complete throughout the week
Relaxed – it’s easy to express myself in words
Focused – I have an idea of what I want to say and how I want to say it
Frustrated – words don’t come easily to me
Blank – I have a hard time getting started
Relieved – at least that’s over with!
Worried – it wasn’t as good as I had hoped it would be
Confident – I think I did my best.
Exhausted – I worked right up to the deadline and feel completely drained.
Add to sections where I felt the most confident and cut back on places I thought were weak.
Read over my instructor's feedback and focus on the places where I lost points.
Make very few changes; I don’t know how to say things differently than what I already wrote
Feel overwhelmed and frustrated about having to go back to the beginning of the writing process
Writing about what I know, then researching what I’m not so sure about as I go
Finding one or two good sources and using a lot of quotes from them.
Researching the topic and writing an outline
I usually do everything all at once and write the draft in one go
Worrying about the introduction. I don't really know how to start.