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Why portfolios? Research and experience show that writers learn and perform best when they have multiple opportunities to try, fail, learn, think, get feedback and revise. It can be argued that the only way to improve one's writing is to write. A portfolio approach is designed to give plenty of practice and feedback so that you can develop a wide repertoire of strategies for approaching writing assignments. In addition, by giving you credit for all of your work-practice work as well as finished products-portfolio grading shows that, while ultimately we must judge the final product, the process of learning and creating writing is valuable.