Page limits are strict, and I... ... middle of paper ... ...f MLA. I was also assisted in improving my thesis statement for all three of my essays. I truly tried to do my best when writing my essays the first time around, which is why I believe I did not need to make major changes for my final papers. English 101 has definitely been a wonderful experience. Ashley made the course very enjoyable, and retained the fun aspects of writing, which I thought would fade away upon entering college.
These strengths and weaknesses is what helped me learn the errors I was making while writing essays this semester. My first writing weakness was deciding what to write about. I had to read the essay topic over and over again to understand what it was asking for. I would worry that I wouldn’t understand the topic correctly. While writing the essay I was scared to get out of topic and write about something else I wasn’t supposed to write about.
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 next essay we did was a cultural textual analysis, this one brought my focus issues to light. Fina... ... middle of paper ... ... final products need to be as close to perfect as possible; procrastination and “writers block” is something I must absolutely work on in order to succeed in the future. Overall, I am beyond pleased with the opportunities this class provided for me, I have gained priceless knowledge. I was terrified to do that first essay and for good reason, I was highly unprepared. Once I learned a variety of new genres, techniques and ways to improve my writing process, that fear faded.
I re-read the question prompt after and see if I missed the focus of the question. The second question is, “Would my thesis statement create an argument”, If I see that my thesis does not make an argument the thesis is too vague. Once I get done asking my questions I ma... ... middle of paper ... ...t for. In my future, I hope to carry all of the skills I have acquired during my English courses. I think that they will be very helpful to me, regardless of what I am trying to accomplish.
IB English 11 taught me to be a more analytical thinker and refined my skills as a writer along with enhancing some of my weakness like transitions and vocabulary. One of my biggest challenges while writing was time management; I have procrastinated working on essays more often than not. I would put off working on an essay for TV shows, movies, other school work, etc. Though I am able to write under pressure, I cannot produce my best work under pressure; time
Writing is always a challenge to me. Before I entered English Composition 2I class, my writing skill is not strong. Grammar, especially, is my weakest point. Although for now, I may not come up with an essay with zero grammar mistakes, I indeed believe that my grammar improves a lot. I also learned how to better structure my paper by logically orientating my paragraphs.
I usually have an idea in my mind, but I cannot always put those words into a sentence that is grammatically correct. When I put these thoughts into a sentence it does not always flow, and sometimes my paper sounds out of place and repetitive. I tend to write papers how I speak instead of actually grammatically correct. I took the advice of proofreading my paper, as well as, have a friend read it for any grammar mistakes. Another major problem I have as a writer is figuring out how to start my essay in the introduction, especially the ones I had never written before.
Campus resources such as the Writing Center have also contributed tremendously to my success in my English course. I am convinced that everything that I have learned this current semester will be transferrable to all of my future classes because I will most likely have to write other scholarly essays, lab reports, and so on. Some of the many things that I have learned over the semester are that when writing a thesis statement you must include everything that you plan to talk about in your paper. Also learned is that feedback helps with your growth and allows for you to fix the things you did wrong in the next paper, because you will know what to do and what not to do. All of these things can be used in my future classes throughout my college career.
I feel like I brought a lot of weaknesses due to the fact that in English class my senior year we did not focus mostly on the grammatical aspect of in writing essays. We mostly focused on the content and if we answered the topic while being able to back it up through the literary devices we found in the passages all under forty minutes. I believe my weaknesses include grammar and structure, while I found that I lack in strength in time management during the semester. Through the experience of my first semester of college I have gotten a better grasp at managing my time. I do plan on continuing to improve my writing skills to help me become a better communicator even after finishing the one more semester of English I have to