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English 101 Reflection

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Before this quarter started I was fairly confident that I had what it took to ace English 101. After the first paper, I realized I was mistaken. Throughout this quarter I have had numerous problems with my writing that proved I needed to do a little more studying to help take my writing to the college level. Although I did not fail any of my papers, there was plenty of room for improvement. All the areas I needed to improve on are all areas that I think every English 101 student should know. I believe that every student at the college level should know how to cite sources correctly, know how to use good transitions, and know how to properly elaborate their examples.

When the quarter started I thought I knew how to cite
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All I had ever known was MLA so it was quite a shock when I found out I would have to learn how to cite in APA. The first thing I did when I found out how we were going to cite our papers was go to Easybib to have the website to it for me. Turns out Easybib wants you to pay them if you want your sources cited in APA format. Once I found that out I scoured the web to find a website that could do it for me. I could not find a dependable site anywhere so I had to go look in the english book on how to cite. When I got to the section on citing sources in my book I realized that this is where I should have went right from the start. The book had every type of citation you would ever have to use. But even after I found out how to properly cite my sources, it was still another question for me…show more content…
I feel that in most of my papers my examples could have been explained or delved into deeper than what I actually did. It is not good enough to find a great example and just put it in your paper. You have to explain why it is such a great example and then elaborate on why it fits your point of view on the subject so well. I feel that my papers had some pretty good examples that I found with some pretty heavy research into the topic. But once I found that example and realized where I wanted it in my paper, I found out that I could not explain some of them as well as I thought I could when I found them. Therefore some of my papers had an example or two that maybe did not go so well with the rest of the examples. Because of that, the paper slacked off a little when the reader would get to that example and would leave them trying to figure out if the example fit or not. I would like to say that you can have a bad example and explain it perfectly so that it fits your paper like a glove. But on the other hand you could have the best example ever. So good that you think that it was made specifically for your paper, and then you could butcher the elaboration and leave your reader wondering why you would put that in your
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