Self Evaluation As my English 101 class comes to an end, I have realized how much I have transformed as a writer. In this essay, I am going to explain what I realized my strengths and weaknesses are as a writer and how they have manifested themselves throughout the quarter. I was skeptical at first coming into this class knowing that English takes formidable work and dedication, but I am very proud of the progress I have made. We completed a great deal of work throughout the quarter; from grammar exercises, summary reviews, and two challenging essays. Throughout the quarter I found myself improving in each category.
Since beginning this class I have found myself doing more research, so I can make the best paper I can. The more research and knowledge I gain about the topic, the better my papers have been. Before I started this semester I did enough to get by with my papers. This class has changed the way I go about my papers. I have been proofreading my papers more than I usually do and actually thinking deeper about my papers.
Although I have learned a lot and have improved my writing skills tremendously I still feel that I have more to work on. I constantly took all of the criticism that I received from my English instructor and applied these things to the next paper so that I could learn from it and do better than before. Everything that I learned in this course I will be able to use in future courses because eventually I am going to have to write other essays or even lab reports. I also can apply what I learned to my future career because I will have to communicate with my co-workers through business emails which will require good sentence structure and proper grammar. Works Cited Roberts, De’Shayla.
I really enjoyed being able to incorporate my voice more in my essays and I believe that I developed my own personal style a bit from this. At the beginning of the semester my writing was quite choppy and there was plenty of room for improvement in the overall flow of my essays. Now, I use several different tactics such as outlining to create better connections between paragraphs. I believe I was able to move beyond many of the high school ways of writing and make general improvements to my essays. The assignments given in English 101 were very interesting for me.
Reflection on Learning Taking this English course has helped me improve my English in many ways. I have learned a lot of really important information that I didn’t know before coming into this class. I am sure that I am now more knowledgeable than I was when I first entered this course. Some of the things I learned throughout this course were how to become a better reader and writer. I also learned how to write with a specific purpose.
For example, I have improved my pre-writing skills so I can write much more easily when I really start writing. Furthermore, professor and students in this class are really nice, so I have gotten a lot of helps from them; their helps motivate me to keep enhancing and improving myself. However, this is the worst class for me because English 1A is the most challenging class for me since I still have many writing weakness.
Throughout high school writing papers and essays were very difficult for me, almost every assignment I would seek help from others. Whether it was from my fellow students, family members, or teachers, their advice helped me tremendously. My senior year I took a Creative Writing course, which I believe helped me a lot, because I would struggle to write a paragraph, but now I can put a paper together. Coming into college I knew writing was a major skill to conquer, but I still feel like I can improve a lot yet. Furthermore, my critical reading skills need much improvement, I have no problem reading a passage or book; however, I do have trouble with comprehending what I read.
The first reflection journal proved most beneficial in that it provided my state of mind towards the class, which wasn 't necessarily good. I quote from my entry on January 4 that “Dr. Popham’s goal in this class is to excite our inner writer; however, everything in this world isn’t so exciting” hinting that I don’t like English and I do not think I will. While I did not necessarily admire this class or what it’s worth, the day Dr. Popham covered analyzing quotations I was actually excited. I state on January 25 that “ It was rather helpful as the words that one might associates with a key word does provide some useful analysis.” I was rather surprised when I learned something useful in English class.
Furthermore, I had others that I was at standard level at them, yet, they needed a lot of improvement in many ways. Last year, as for memorable things that teachers told me, was that I had a lot of trouble in the thesis statement structure, which however, affected the rest of the writing. Knowing all my mistakes now, moreover getting more advice this year, I hope that I will make huge progress. As for the present, during writing an essay I usually jot down my ideas on a piece of paper, next I prepare a peaceful environment, which I could easily get out my concentration, which is usually on a suitable desk in my room. The surrounding that I must have to write, is a well lighted room, where I am all alone without any distracting noise.
This class has allowed me to improve in areas I was already competent in and has made me address the areas where I was weak. Learning how to use the research tools available is an amazing skill that will be highly marketable no matter which career I decide to pursue. The foundation I have built by attending this class will enable me to be an expert in communicating with others in writing.