During the test, I went through the following process in an attempt to write a satisfactory essay on the speech given by Greta Thunberg during the UN climate conference in Poland, 2018:

  1. Read through the text, annotate any textual features that fit under SOAPS (Speaker, Occasion, Audience, Purpose, Style) and the modes of persuasion (Logos, Ethos, Pathos).
  2. Sort the annotations into SOAPS
  3. ???
  4. Essay written

I’ve noticed that during the actual writing stage of the process, I did not have a clear plan, which led to my essay being extremely unorganized and difficult-to-follow. I could’ve sorted the points I would like to talk about into an outline, so I have a better idea of what to write, and when to write it. This will likely make the essay easier to follow and thus much more informative due to having better flow.

One of the major difficulties during the diagnostic was the timed aspect, and the fact that it had to be written on paper. Writing is relatively slow (compared to typing), and very difficult to edit (compared to typing). This lead to the inability to revise and improve the essay, which likely costed some quality.