A student that is transitioning from high school to college is not truly prepared for what is to come. One of the most common misconceptions for first-year students is that the writing tactics previously used in high school will transfer over to college, when in reality, professors are desiring higher-quality content. In Matthew Parfitt’s Writing in Response, he addresses the challenges that students new to the academy can expect in regard to writing. To clearly show the changes one can expect, he uses an example email of a first-year student complaining to his sister about his confusions concerning a paper for which he received a “C.” In the example, the student explains how he approached and wrote the paper which in turn, shows the incompetence of the academic discourse. Without understanding the consequences of this lack of knowledge, one might never grow,
Looking back to the beginning of the English 1B class, I had no confidence in my writing at all, but over the course of the class, I started to believe that even I can write virtuous essays. I have never been a good English writer, but English 1B has improved the way I write research papers. Before English 1B class, my research papers lacked sentence variety. Although I still struggle with sentence variety, I still believe that my essays of the present are better than my essays in the past. In addition to sentence variety, English 1B has also taught me different elements that lead to a good essay, such as environmental conditions, peer review and instructor feedback. These two elements enabled me to draft a research paper that is better than the ones I have done before. The importance of different environmental conditions and feedback from my peers and teacher enhanced my process of writing a satisfactory essay.
On a typical hot day, the twenty-eight of August was the first day of the fall 2016 semester. I was excited to attend my English Composition I and meet my instructor. I was able to write an essay without any struggle as I learned before in the English language Institute of Akron university. However, writing an academic essay needs a lot of practice, knowledge and that what I needed in order to improve my writing skills. As an ELI student I was able to write a formal essay with fundamental requirements but without sense of creativity. I started to learn new ways of writing essays, used my imagination and developed creative new methods to attract the reader 's attention. There are many aspects to write college level essays that I was not aware
“High school english teachers are preparing you for college level writing!” Says a high school english teacher. However, they were wrong; level one of Writing Composition gripped everything I knew and hurled it into the abyss of knowledge, leaving my understanding of writing a clean slate. This time, I had to put in work just to get a B in Longoria’s class, but I respected that; high school level writing curriculum was simply regurgitated information passed on to each ascending grade, making it effortless to get a 95 or higher. Writing Composition taught me the objectives I needed to know to succeed and I became a better writer because of it. While the essays I have developed throughout Longoria’s class shows improvement of communication and personal responsibility, I can still use more enhancement of critical thinking into my essays.
I always dreaded taking English, for I was not good at writing and I’ve always had trouble understanding the formats and concepts that the class required. I only understood basic knowledge on how to construct an essay: a thesis, body paragraphs, and conclusion. After a few weeks into the course, I realized that there was a lot more to essay writing then I thought. It was as if I was learning a whole new language. The greatest area of improvement in my writing was my ability to construct a proper thesis statement, and the resources that instructed me on how to do so were Professor Frusciante’s essay 2-workshop webinar, and the BC outline paper.
After years of education from K-12, there is still an issue with high school students being prepared for college. Many people don’t realize that not only people and surroundings changing but the works and self management change as well. For many freshman, good writing is the biggest challenges for all. Most of the students were not expected the writing frequency within college. They were assigned substantial amounts of writing and required to define a problem and criticize an argument which they have not experienced during high school courses. What it means to be a writer in college? College writers write every day, they are learned, their papers are organized and they are confident about their writings.
Writing papers is not one my specialties nor a favorite activity to undertake. It has never been easy for me to organize my thoughts into writing, and my procrastination problem doesn't help with me finishing papers by their due date. Although, through past experiences and present goals for my first semester of college, I am ready to accept my flaws and work on improving on my skills.
Over the years I have written many essays. For the most part, it has been positive. However, clear and coherent writing has not always come naturally for me. I have had to take measures to ensure my writing endeavors are successful. Firstly, I had to understand how to prioritize my time and not procrastinate, giving myself plenty of time to prepare and comprehend the subject. Secondly, I had to learn to stop making careless mistakes, making sure I am following the assignment instructions and utilizing tools, such as spell check. It is these same learned skills that I feel will make college level writing
As the semester meets an end, I am enthralled into reflecting upon my progression as a writer, reader, and a prospective professional throughout this course coordinated by Mr. Billings. Nonetheless, considering the inevitable flawed nature of writing, there are some aspects that I still need to work on, and eventually master as I move forward in my academic career. I learned immensely starting from a variety of writing styles, proper use of MLA format to read and to critically use evidence to formulate a strong and persuasive essay.
There is an epidemic occurring among the high school students of America. Students are not being taught the necessary skills in high school to effective produce collegiate level papers. As the class of 2015 moves into college this month, students of the class of 2016 need to be warned: they are not being taught what they need to know to be successful in their writing careers. Although educators are teaching what is required by law for them to teach, educators need to step up their game and actually teach students how to write a paper. No more five paragraph essays. No more writing checklists. These primary school methods do not successfully transfer to higher level education. Please give writing in the high schools a face life. Students need more hands on activities and personalized writing classes. Students are graduating without the necessary skills to properly and effectively transfer their thoughts to paper. Without the ability to accurately allocate information from mind to print, students are going to fail. Educators need to give high school