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.
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.
This was a big issue for me as I was confident in my thesis-writing abilities at the beginning of the quarter. However, when I received multiple papers back regarding my claim, I was discouraged. Although I didn't have any specific goals for my own writing at the beginning of the course, this immediately became a goal for me to work towards. I needed much additional help, and found the Odegaard Writing Center to be particularly useful. I took what the tutors there had to say directly into account, along with Allison's recommendations.
As a strong math, science and engineering student, writing has not come easy to me and by taking this class, I was hoping to become a stronger writer. Throughout the semester, organizing ideas in logical ways has become straight forward thanks to the peer discussions and review I have had. Before this class, I struggled to transition between ideas and discuss each idea in a logical sequence and, unfortunately, my language arts and history grades suffered as a result. By exuding effort and receiving guidance, my hope was to improve my writing and prepare myself for the college writing which would be
Taking ENC 1101 this fall has taught me a few valuable components in regards to composition and college life. These past few months I have learned how to participate in an argument, source my research using MLA format and how crucially important it is to submit assignments ahead of time. Prior to taking ENC 1101 I could not participate in an argument because I wasn’t able to support my points with valid evidence. However now I can continue engaging in a debate and sometimes even win! One of the assignments I thought contributed the most in developing this skill was the discussion assignments we submitted online, we had to use examples and support our opinion on the topic we were given.
Peer review forced me to write all of my essays ahead of time in order to make the grade. Not only did it help with my procrastination, it also gave me lots of feedback on my writing. During the narrative essay draft one, I was given a lot of revisionary advice, and that was due to the fact that I wrote the paper at the last minute. Knowing that, when it came time to write the argumentative essay I spent more time actually putting better grammar and diction into my essay because I did not want my peers to think any less of me academically. As
Openness is seen as the willingness to view other ways of thinking and actions a person would not normally do for themselves. I believe I am an open person and chose this habit as one of my strengths for many reasons. While writing essays for my english class, I began to view perspectives differently from peer editing and from the many hours of research I do for these essays. Throughout the class, I have become more open minded to other classmates and my teacher’s point of view through their critics and comments. Instead of being close minded and resolving their comments, I carefully take their comments into consideration and change the errors I have made.
The next student outcome in the syllabus states, “Students will be able to interpret texts written for academic audiences.” I was successfully able to read and fully understand the texts I read and answer questions based on my comprehension and interpretation of what the author(s) was trying to portray. Not only did we interpret texts out of a textbook, but we had to analyze articles we found off databases or websites to include in our writing. In all three of our essays we included quotes or information we located in those other sources that we had dissected in order to add more depth to each of our pieces of writing. Interpreting texts is something I have grew stronger in and will continue to use the techniques I have learned in my future high school and college
Note to the reader: This essay is somewhat of an experiment. I am well aware of the standard guidelines within which a student must present and argue ideas, and the implications of nonconformity. However, if I have learned anything in this course, it is that genres and forms are continually under scrutiny, being molded and changed, discarded and exchanged, for sake of efficacy, veracity, adherence to ideology, or in reaction to otherwise unforeseen forces. Consider this as just such a reaction; more accurately, it is my only recourse. In setting out to write this essay, I had a clear objective.
Throughout high school, writing had always seemed to be my strong point. I always worried, however, that my writing would be mediocre when I got to college. Fortunately through this class though, I’ve realized that writing in college is not per say, “harder”, but more thoughtful and structured. In high school, we are just discovering ourselves as a writer, such as our style, voice, and tone, and when to manipulate these to our advantage. COMP 105 has taught me that in order to have a strong paper, you don’t just need logos, pathos, and ethos, but you also need to think critically about your topic of interest.