Holy crap! I am ambivalent on whether I want to write an academic research paper, proposal, or literary journal. Currently, my mind is set to write the academic proposal to potentially use for a graduate writing sample.


Potential Proposal(I will expand):

Remedial English courses place students towards unrealistic expectations and beliefs to obtain the basic skills needed to succeed in their academic career. Through further investigation, the proposed study is to remove remedial English courses, create various syllabi for college English professors to utilize, and incorporate several writing methods that will translate to all academic majors.


The proposal will consist of interviewing students, professors and comparing educational statics (If I can find any). I will incorporate statistics from a news article that questions remedial English courses and illustrate the potential advantages for removing those courses. Academic Journals that we have read in class will be used and I will synthesize their arguments on basic writing courses to illustrate the negative effects on students. I really want to incorporate actual syllabi in the proposal and hopefully be influential.


I am conducting a small study by creating a study. I will use Kim’s English 130 class as the population and the sample will be the students I mentor: ten students. I have asked them several questions and will obtain the results once they all complete their survey.


Does anyone have any suggestions?




  2 comments for “RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Ginamarie Wallace
    February 24, 2017 at 6:26 pm


    I think this study is a great idea as part of a proposal! The article you linked to is really compelling to me with particular connections to what I am actually thinking through for my thesis. What about asking your students a question or two about their experiences with the 5 paragraph essay? Since our in-class conversation about the article “The Popularity of Formulaic Writing” I have been thinking a lot about the fact that I was never exposed to the 5 paragraph essay in junior high or high school and think it’d be interesting to see how many of those students had experiences (negative or positive) with that type of formulaic writing.


  2. Gabriela Luevanos
    February 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Hey Ruben!
    I think it’s such a great idea to utilize the resources available like the students we mentor.
    Plus, they are great students.
    I think you have a great start for that research paper because you have the materials you want to incorporate already.
    The idea to include a syllabi is perfect! That way it can help your audience understand your point beyond with this example.
    But yes! we need to get together this week so we can work on this paper.

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