From the title of the current blog post, you must have already guessed that the paper in the image below is from Obama. Not just any Obama but President Obama! As you can see, the paper – which contains his speech - has lots of written comments, arrows, bubbles, and deletions. How come the President has so many comments on his paper?
For your information, President Obama is a native speaker of American English. He graduated from Harvard University and taught at some ivy-league (very prestigious) universities in the USA.
As an English language learner, we can learn one thing from this image: Native speakers of English– whether presidents, students or teenagers - also make mistakes when they write.
We should all remember that WRITING IS A PROCESS. When you write, especially in your second language, you should keep in mind that the first draft is never the best piece of writing. It takes about 2 to 4 drafts to write a good paper.
First, you think about a topic. Second, you write a paper (the first draft). Third, you show your first draft to somebody else (maybe, your teacher, your friend, etc) to get feedback. Fourth, you revise your draft based on your friend’s/teacher’s recommendations. Fifth, you print out your paper and re-read it again (just in case).
Trust me – you will find some minor booboos even in your fourth draft. The point is that you should never present your first draft as your final work. Instead, you should re-write your paper again until the paper looks refined. It is important to remember that you should receive feedback from your peer or teacher.
Most importantly, if you are preparing for IELTS or TOEFL writing and/or you are a university student who is required to write in English, you must remember that WRITING IS A PROCESS. You need to brainstorm your ideas, write your first draft based on your brainstorming, get feedback, re-write your draft, and revise your paper.
Please, follow the steps I presented above and remember: Even President Obama receives lots of comments on his written work and revises his speeches accordingly.
About the Author
I’m Ulugbek Nurmukhamedov. In Uzbekistan, my friends call me Ulug’bek. In the US, almost all of my friends call me Bek. I was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Since 2004, I have been doing most of my academic work in the USA. Read more about me here.