Jason A. Sirmon
Final Course ReflectionThe course COMM 202 has been enjoyable but challenging. From each class and assignment, Ilearned something new about the English language and writing techniques. I realize I have made manymistakes in the past! I enjoyed learning the weekly writing tips. The most influential tip I learned wasnot to use the word that unless it is completely necessary. Now as I proof read my writing, I oftenremove that. Other concepts that have gained my attention are analyzing my audience, using digitalaudio formats, and the importance of narrowing down a research topic. I am certain this informationwill be valuable to me as I complete my formal education and move into the business community. Myexperience with this class is satisfying, knowing I have raised the benchmark on my performance andcredibility when writing.My confidence is stronger moving forward as I face my upcoming research methods course. Ibetter understand how to whittle away at a concept until I debate an argument. I fell into the same trapDr. Pupcheck did during her thesis paper. I looked for every piece of material I could find for my topicthen changed my topic two different times. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the original research Icompleted was not used in the final draft of the literature review. After I finally narrowed down aworking thesis for my paper, the previous material I located did not provide adequate information. Withan incorrect or broad topic, you feel the pressure of a daunting and monumental task. Once the topic isformulated, you can arrive at the argument you desire to present or defend.Once you become aware of your reader, you are able to predict the questions they might haveallowing you to answer those questions within the content of the paper. It will also allow you to selectmaterial suitable for your audience. While most published material is on a six grade reading level, youmay have the luxury of using technical words to get your point across. Using statistics and quotingreliable references increases your own credibility with the reader.