Using Assessment to Improve Your Writing

When you have successfully completed a writing assignment, you have begun to improve as a writer. When you choose to evaluate your writing, you have contracted with yourself to improve it. Even if you do not choose a career in professional writing, you will derive greater satisfaction from your academic and workplace writing if you continue to improve your writing skills.

By identifying your strengths and weaknesses and working on improving specific aspects of your writing using a list of criteria and a plan, you are using assessment to improve your writing. Every assignment is an opportunity for you to determine where you are in your writing progress and to set goals for the next step in your improvement plan.

Here's how to continue improving your writing: