My experience and expectations with APA style.

Everything in our life is set into definite frame according to which we have to follow some regulations to protect ourselves and our interests. Moreover, we are taught to respect others and others’ interest too. In my understanding APA style is one of the frames where educators’ contributions are protected and others are advised to value their hard work in terms of exact rules.

Looking back at academic process which I have had in my life before Nazarbayev University, I can say paraphrasing someone’s ideas and presenting it in a new scale happened frequently. By all means we enumirated educators’ names at the end of our papers, however, with the purpose of underlining to what extent the topic is hot or not. In addition, I do not remember any strict rules according to which the reference should have to be fulfilled.
My first experience with APA style took place at Nazarbayev University at pre master course. During that time I was confused about how to use and what for I needed that. I totally agree with some of my group mates the more you read the more confused you become. Except numbering the pages, all punctuation signs depending the resource material vary and sometimes I wonder whether it is possible to remember all. Due to such situations some students advice to rely on special websites to save time and energy.These sources are valuable both for new students to learn and for experienced to revise and check.In this turn, I usually face with a challenge in identifying the type of resource. Moreover, I feel I still need a thorough studying of this style. After readaing almost all my group mates’ blogs I have defined some solutions for exact difficulties I face nowadays.
Taking into account the importance of APA style I expect to maintain all challenges and produce a good work in accordance with this universal formatting style.

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One thought on “My experience and expectations with APA style.

  1. Mirazz,

    This blog post is about your difficulties with APA, but I don’t see any discussion of its importance. It’s a little short and a little unclear to me. It also needs to be proofread.

    I’m sorry to hear that you have been so confused about APA. I have been too for years! Don’t forget that you can always get help from the NU librarian about proper format. I think that the main difficulty is just figuring out what category of reference you have. For example, is it a book by an author, a book edited by someone, a book translated AND edited by someone, a chapter in a book edited by someone, etc. But there is a specific format for each type of reference you have. When you find your proper category, just write your reference exactly according to the format.

    Your writing: Looking back at academic process which I have had in my life before Nazarbayev University, I can say paraphrasing someone’s ideas and presenting it in a new scale happened frequently. By all means we enumirated educators’ names at the end of our papers, however, with the purpose of underlining to what extent the topic is hot or not.
    In addition, I do not remember any strict rules according to which the reference should have to be fulfilled.

    Do you mean: Looking back at the academic process which I have experienced before Nazarbayev University, I can say that paraphrasing someone’s ideas and presenting them in a new way was common. We referenced names at the end of our papers; however, …………. (I can’t understand the rest of your sentence). In addition, I do not remember any strict rules about sources that needed to be followed.

    Mirazz, please strive to be concise and direct in your writing! There are some other sentences that I can’t understand. Note the punctuation with HOWEVER. The semicolon separates two independent clauses.

    Here is another example of lack of directness that leads to lack of clarity. You write: Taking into account the importance of APA style I expect to maintain all challenges and produce a good work in accordance with this universal formatting style.

    Do you mean: The APA style is very important, so I will try to meet the challenge of producing good work that accords with the guidelines.

    You mentioned websites that save time and money. Which ones are you referring to?

    The assignment also called for writing about the importance of the APA guidelines. I don’t see any point of view about why you think that are important. You just say that they are.

    2.5 out of 5

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