Oral Skills memorandum

Oral Skills memorandum

Oral Skills memorandum

I can comfortably say that I have achieved the goals that I set at the beginning of the semester. As stated in my introduction letter, my main goal was to accomplish a high grade by focusing on syllabus materials. I was able to participate in and attend to 100% of course activities which have advanced my skills in public speaking, taking raw data such as recording myself and reacting positively to constructive criticism from my professor and classmates. Through hard work and through participation in course work I am confident that I will achieve a high grade at the end of the course. The skills that I have acquired during the period will be helpful not only to my grade but also in my career.

Oral Skills.

One of my greatest achievements is improved skills in public speaking. At the beginning of the semester, I stated that my main weakness was public speaking. There are several concepts that I grasped during the theoretical part of the course that has played a key role in improving my public speaking skills. Some of the qualities that limited my skills for public speaking include lack of confidence and knowledge to organize my materials. Through the course, I understood that in order to build one’s confidence, it is important to organize the materials which will be used for the event. This includes thoroughly researching on a subject which will be addressed. I have also learned to incorporate humor during speech delivery which has turned out as an effective way of improving public speaking. Even though there was no live audience during the presentations, I am glad to inform you that I practiced a lot with my roommates before making the recordings and managed to improve my public speaking techniques. I believe that I am now capable of standing before a panel and present my case much better compared to before I undertook the course.

Writing and Grammatical Techniques

 The other achievement I have learned is the necessity of recording myself during the event for later review. Using the recorded audios and videos, it has become easier to make improvements in grammar and organization of the material. This helps in improving grammar for both writings and speaking by reading and studying materials that widen the scope of knowledge for both written and spoken grammar. In addition, I have made tremendous changes in writing, including writing a quality resume, cover letters as well as course papers.

I have also learned, with time, to accept constructive criticism. I paid attention to the little corrections I received from you and the classmates and improved on them tirelessly while perfecting the pieces that the class considered well-done. I also followed your advice on how to write outstanding resumes and I am glad to inform you that I sent my resume to some organization applying for a chance to volunteer in the firm during my holidays and they found my resume appealing and have granted my request. The management even offered to give a monthly stipend as a motivation.


For this course, I am certain that I have achieved both personal and course goals and objectives. I have learned about effective communication, effective writing, and reflecting rhetorical choices that are involved in the communication process. A combination of the various skills acquired has changed my personality and how I interact with people.

Peer Review

Peer Review

Peer Review

Peer Review

Writer: Ailin Chen

Reviewed by:

  1. Does the central claim/thesis mention the article the writer will analyze and how the writer will analyze the essay in question (the rhetorical strategies/elements being analyzed)? LIST THESE POINTS. If not, what should the writer add/subtract? Restate the thesis in your own words.

It is a well written paper with a clear thesis. The writer indicates the main issues that are of interest to her and which she will be focusing on in both articles. Chen intends to focus on the use of logos, ethos, and pathos as she compares and contrasts between the two articles.

  • Does the introduction contain general background on both a) the article that will be evaluated and b) the rhetorical strategies that will be used? List bullet points of the background contained in the intro. Is there anything the writer should add or take out? (Note: The writer must provide background on the article being analyzed, but it’s not necessary for them to give a description of all the rhetorical elements being analyzed.)

The author gives a clear background of both articles and states the author’s use of different forms of rhetorical elements to convey the message.

  1. Does the writer move smoothly from the background information on the article (and the components of rhetorical analysis that they’ll be focusing on, if those are included) to the thesis? What works for you here? If the transition needs help, what do you suggest the writer try?

After introducing the articles along with the background of each separately, the author states thesis statements clearly and then moves swiftly to her first element of comparison in the first paragraph. Her transition from paragraph to paragraph is very clear. The body paragraphs also contain topic sentences which guide the reader to understand the topic at hand in every paragraph

  1. Does each body paragraph contain enough evidence to really prove the writer’s point? For instance, if the writer says that Quindlen or Lopez stacks the deck in favor of her position and ignores other points of view, is there enough evidence in the body paragraph to really demonstrate that this assertion is true? Note which body paragraphs could use more support (or which body paragraphs have too much support, which might prove to be distracting or confusing), and offer suggestions on how the writer might improve those paragraphs. Feel free to use their best paragraph as an example of what they should be doing in all of their body paragraphs.

The paragraphs contain relevant examples to explain the major points and she closes every paragraph with a personal opinion which is an indication of how she understands the topics and can relate the similarities and differences from one article to the other.

  1. Look at the way the essay is organized. Does the essay make logical sense the way it’s organized? If not, what should the writer change?

The essay is well organized and makes logical sense. However, I would recommend that the writer handles one rhetorical element at a time from Quindlen’s article and the same from Lopez’s article to bring out a clear difference of the application of the rhetorical tool.

  1. What’s the best thing about this essay? Why’s it good?

The good thing about the essay is that the writer separates different ideas in different paragraphs and thus analyzing her work becomes easy. Secondly, the writer selects just the main points to work on and  not all of the available points which brings the article to be brief to the level of this kind of essay.

  1. What’s the most important thing for the writer of this essay to fix or change? Why’s it so important?

The writer should pick a single element of comparison and discuss it with respect to Quindlen’s article and with respect to Lopez’s article.