Group Theory

Writing Revisions- Papers

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     During the process of writing a paper one of the most critical steps is the revision process. At this time, an author carefully reviews everything in their writing, ranging from their usage of supporting evidence to simple sentence structure. In the process of writing a persuasive paper, things can get pretty hectic figuring out what your thesis statement should be, compiling information from numerous credible resources, and finally combining all of it into one piece of writing. During this chaotic time, it is quite often that an author makes several mistakes that can be easily overlooked. It is this reason why the revision stage is so crucial to the goal of producing an adequately executed paper.

From revising and re-reading my own writing, I have learned many ways to improve my papers. Often within seconds of reading my topic paragraph, I realize that my thesis statement is getting watered down with too much information supporting my opposing viewpoints. After noticing this, I apply various methods of narrowing down my stance on the topic; this is very important because too broad of a thesis statement can ruin the whole paper. Another benefit I gained from revising my papers was finding and eliminating many grammatical errors and wording problems. These mistakes occur pretty frequently whenever I write about a topic I am passionate about; this is due to my writing speed not being able to keep up with the pace of my thoughts. Taking the time to properly revise anything you do in life will improve your chances of becoming better at whatever it is you are doing, and writing a paper is no different.

One of the most beneficial parts of the revision process of writing a paper is using peer-reviews. This is often forgotten by many, but having an extra pair of eyes comb through your work can catch those pesky spelling mistakes and sentence structure problems that we all have a tendency to miss when reviewing a paper on our own. Another benefit from having a peer review your work is that a fresh mind looking at your paper can have a fantastic impact. The person doing the review might see an entirely different way of describing or supporting your stance on a topic or just streamline your original. Every new set of eyes reviewing your paper have a good chance to find and fix numerous issues; the more, the merrier.

One of the most challenging aspects of revision and getting input from others is knowing how to properly handle the process. Personally, before I read my finished paper for the first time, I take a few minutes to clear my head. This helps significantly improve your chances of finding errors because your mind is fresh. Another challenge is finding the right peers to review your paper. Anything from the age, gender, or their own personal stance on your topic could determine if the peer-review will be beneficial or not to you. After the peer-review is done, knowing how to properly use all of the new information you have is crucial. Even the best peer-review in the world will be useless if an author does not know how to apply it.

One most memorable instances that I got feedback on a paper was in the Air Force at Langley AFB, in Virginia. I was just a year into my career as a Munitions Technician, building different kinds of explosives like missiles and bombs, as well as loading all types of weapons and ammo onto fighter jets. One day, I was handed down the task of cataloging an entire building worth of munitions.  Needless to say, after countless hours spent in that hot building, my finished project was a complete mess, however, by getting two of my superiors to peer-review my work, I saved myself a world of hurt by not turning in an improper list of the close to a million dollars worth of munitions. The revision stage of writing a paper is always incredibly important and can be applied to anything you do in life.

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