Learning Journal Five

Step Two (Writing):

During this week, I learn the different between primary research and secondary research on a project. A primary research is the conducted research being made by the writer themselves experiencing everything first hand. A secondary research is a documented research that has been previous pasted down by another researcher. I learn that it is better to plan your project on a timeline to have the project efficiently planned and well thought out over a course of length up until the deadline instead of cramming everything in one seating. I learn that there are techniques that are commonly used when making a primary research which is by observing an uncontrolled situation, survey to the people who are in an environment related to your project, and interviewing highly credible fellows which can allow the audience to give credit to your primary research. Throughout the days on the Wikipedia and the podcast projects that goes into the e-portfolio, I plan on using these techniques to further my writing when conducting research for future assignments.

Step Five (Source):

Mental health benefits of outdoor adventures: Results from two pilot studies.

The main idea of the academic article is to do a controlled experiment on a teenager and a young adult spending eight days in the wilderness with no connection to civilization and the media. The article explains the benefit of camping and living in the wilderness woods of the Alps in the German, Austrian, and Italian Alps during this experiment. The article also address the result of the participants after the experiment in which improvements their life satisfaction and mindfulness needed for a daily task. With this main idea, it helps supports the argument of the mental benefits of getting away from civilization into a wilderness by developing a relief from deadlines of assignments.

Health Benefits of Hiking

The main idea of the article explains the benefits of hiking that would affect hiker’s health in a positive way. Addressing that hiking is not only enjoying nature for enjoyment, but can also allow the hiker to exercises which reduces heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and obesity. Walking and observing in an uncontrolled environment helps relax the body lowering the chance of hypertension, anxiety that occurs from day to day tasks of a civilized individual. With this main idea of the benefits of hiking that effects health helps address the need for an individual to take a hike exploring new places which can happen anywhere an individual wishes to hike giving them positive health benefits.

“Countless studies and research have consistently shown that regular exercise not only improves our overall health and fitness, but lengthens and improves the quality of our lives.”

Step Seven (Picture; Column):

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Step Eight (Picture; Waterfall/Hike):

Step Nine through Thirteen (Outline):

To be able to observe and record my thoughts during a primary research in an uncontrolled experimental environment.

Observations:

·         Water rushing in the creek below

·         Large Hills

·         Wooden Cabin

·         Water droplets falling from the tree branches

·         Clear walk paths

Thoughts:

·         The sound of water running through the creek calms me down giving me a sense of peace and comfort.

·         No Wi-Fi or any sort of internet connections which lowers my anxiety to check my emails for upcoming assignments

·         The fog above and dripping droplets from tree branches allows my physical body to know that it is morning

Notes from sources:

  • Health benefits in hiking
    • “Countless studies and research have consistently shown that regular exercise not only improves our overall health and fitness, but lengthens and improves the quality of our lives.”
  • No connection with the media
    • Allows an individual to be physically and mentally present without worrying over deadlines for school or work

Step Fourteen (Reflection):

I learn to experience a primary research for the first time using my senses such as smell, touch and seeing the environment for the first time. To be able to separate observation and independent thoughts into columns for me to be able to make a thesis in order to create an outline. To be able to make a connection with my secondary research which allow me to understand them through experience when conducting my primary research. Using my gained knowledge to develop an outline that is organized and structured chronologically for my audience to listen and understand. I learn to take pictures and videos the environment to allow evidence for the audience to hook onto. I wished I have known to take as many picture and videos as I can to allow me room to choose the best picture to further elevate my first person experience to my audience in my podcast.

Learning Journal One

Step One:

A change of perspective has shown a new meaning on what it means to write. Writing is not something to be finished to show off to others, but as a tool to connect with others allowing them to show empathy to the writer. Throughout my days from elementary school to the last day of high school, writing was a just a burden I needed to perfect in order to begin the first steps of my life goals. Until recently when attending University of California Davis in my freshman year that I realize every published work in the world is not flawless, but filled with error in the means of logical eyes of critical thinking. Every past strategy of writing that was based on what is labeled as “good” was crushed which allowed me to start a fresh meaning on what it means to write. As of now and probably all my future writings in my life will have a perspective of writing to connecting with others than to write to entertain them.

Step Two:

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In my first week of taking the University Writing Program (UWP) at University of California Davis was the evidence I needed in order to confirm that writing is a process to connect with the intended audience. I feel as if every literary work I will partake in the future will have some influence to change who I am as an individual in society. There is no set things you have to do in the writing process, but merely the process to connect to a specific group of people in society. In my future days attending UWP, I expect a learn how to write in order to connect with all types of people throughout the world.

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 Step Three and Four:

A:

The first step I do when I begin on a writing assignment is finding a place to write. I usually write in either the library or in my own room where it is peace and quiet. The second step of action is to finish the first draft on the very same day. The last step is to wait over forty-eight hours to clear my mind before revising the essay to address what I really mean in each paragraphs to the audience I’m portraying too.

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C:

I have chosen bubbl.us to create the bubble mapping to show the readers the steps in a simple diagram and bubble.us also saves the diagram automatically in a jpeg file.

The first and second step in the diagram shown above is the most critical writing process if you want to answer in the most accurate response. Without the correct interpretation on what the prompt is telling you, there is no way possible to get the most accurate response to the questions you do not understand. Step three allows the writer to answer the prompt personally in order to clear his mind before reading the passage of the prompt. Step four, five, six, and seven explains the actions needed to fully analyze the given passage and to prep the writer for the writing process. Step eight, nine, ten, and eleven explains the writing process describing the discoveries found when reading the passage. Step twelve describes the revising of the essay to help the writer clear any mistakes and to sharpen his meaning to his audience reading his written essay.

Answering to Question:

I usually find myself writing very bad first draft in all my writing in the past. Luckily, the revision process I do helps make the draft clearer for the audience to interpret my points on the given subject. While reading Lamott’s passage from a book “Bird by Bird”, I stumble the thought of all her evidence were all personal to her life experience which has weaken the message of her overall passage. Although it may not be the life experience everyone might go through their life, she does give out good points that many professional writers do in fact write really bad first drafts in their career. A missing point to Lamott’s main point on writing bad first drafts is failure to address the possibility of some writers in the world who may claim they do not write very bad first drafts in their whole life. In reading the passage, I might have widen my perspective even more by taking the initiative that people in general are not perfect and are more likely to write very bad first drafts when doing a writing assignment in their lifetime.