Personal Reflection Before the beginning of this writing course, I have some limited experience in writing. I believe I learned a lot of things from writing course. This course helped me to identify the areas I need to improve. As a writer, I am confident that I changed throughout the process. My organizational, grammar and structural skills have been improved even though there are a lot of things need to be improved. I also understand that the process of writing in college is different from that of high school. At the beginning of this course, I expected very short writing assignments. Before the ethnographic project was started, I was expecting a different style of doing a research. Before beginning the course, I read online about how
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Entering this course I was worried because I have struggled with writing in the past, and writing has never been my strongest area. I feared writing classes in middle and high school, and had the same expectations for this course. I had wondered if I was ready for college English, and was worried that my skills and abilities would not be one the level they needed to be for college courses. My attitude and understanding of my writing process have both changed since the beginning of this semester. One thing that really helped my attitude and confidence was the fact that I was able to complete the assignments and get a decent grade. I was worried that I might not be able to do college level writing, and when I started completing the assignments and learning new ways to write my confidence and attitude changed. Another thing that really helped me throughout this course was that there was plenty of reading and information available to guide me through my assignments. I realized that there was more freedom when it comes to writing than I had experienced in high school. Being able to write more freely, and the freedom to choose what subjects I would write over made the assignments more enjoyable and easier to
As an incoming freshman in an enrolled in a writing course, but still in high school, I believe there are many aspects for me to learn from this course. Learning to become a better writer, achieving higher quality, and improvement of a great flow is what I want to achieve from this class in my future writing career. Being a high school student, I acknowledge that I am filled with more weaknesses rather than strength, but the knowledge that I had been educated for this class is pretty impressive as well. In addition the classes previous to this class set me up to a better fundamental to succeeded in this class and were emphasized the power of writing in my future career as well.
I started the semester not knowing how I would adjust going from a high school writing class to a college level writing class. I felt my writing was above average, but writing was never one of my strong suits. I had no way of knowing if my writing competency could hold up to college academic standards. I took expository writing with Professor James Brady. Over the course of the semester, multiple learning objectives were learned through my essays. These learning objectives were subject matter knowledge, writing process knowledge, rhetorical knowledge, genre knowledge, and meta-cognition.
I have furthered my knowledge about what my strengths are in writing and why they are, by taking this course. I know now that my strengths as a writer are descriptive and creative writing because the papers that required a lot of that were the easiest papers I had written. My descriptive narrative paper was my strongest since I was able to use my creative skills and I also knew more about the subject. I would be able to strengthen my descriptive and creative
This Expanded English Composition course has been a thrilling rollercoaster ride where I am filled with anticipation of when it will start, and excited when I conquered and survived it when the ride is over. This class has been exactly that. I felt as if this class would begin intense and calm down in the end or at least I would have a better understanding of English that I either forgot or did not understand. Through this course I know I have made continuous improvements in my writing English essays overall, and my grammar has improved drastically though I know that it still need more development. Last semester and especially this semester I have come to realize that I am not as horrible of a writer as I thought. Dr. Spear says that “[I] have a Cheerleader” style of writing which I have to agree with her about. This class opened my eyes to see how writing has so much to offer and everyone has their style of writing that can be incorporated to meet more than what is required. I feel I have achieved this so far so far and only took to improve more overtime.
For me writing is one of my favorite things to do. I enjoy how you can write something and look back on it and see how well you have developed as a writer. At the beginning of the semester my writing was all over the place and it wasn’t written as well as I would have liked, however, I feel that my supporting sources was something that was good in my first essays. I had hoped to improve my organization and my introductions and conclusions. I feel that I really did improve with both my organization and my introductions and conclusions, before taking this class I was an average writer, which I wanted to improve. My organization in essay before this class wasn’t as good as it should have been as well as my introductions and conclusions. I had hoped to become an overall better writer after taking this class.
When I began this course, I was overconfident in my writing abilities and when I submitted my first essays I did not expect to receive the grades that I did. This helped to open my eyes that my writing style was inadequate and that I need to improve in order to succeed in this class. I would improve through the use of consistent formatting and fixing missing or incorrect aspects of previous essays, such as in formatting. It would overall contribute to growing improvement over the year.
The biggest improvement I have made in this course would be my passion to write again. Prior to this class, writing was a hobby that I would do as a last resort. I was intrigued with it, however, it was not passion. For years I believed my writing was not good enough because I could not properly express my thought process in a manor of which others could comprehend; I believed my writing was very weak. In the beginning of this class, the reason I was late for many papers is because I did not want to hand an assignment that demonstrate my lack of writing abilities. However, as the class progressed and I continued to complete the assignments, the more confident I became in my writing. Moreover, the way I have grown as a writer is becoming more confident within the words I wrote.
This semester was my very first semester as a college student. Being the first, it was probably the semester I would learn the most in. I learned the expectations for writing that I will have to live up to for the next four years of my college career. Though my high school teachers were usually demanding because I was in the Honors English section throughout high school, writing in college has still ?raised the bar? for me. Also, in high school, we would have weeks to pick a topic, create a thesis, outline the paper, write the paper, and then revise the paper. In college, the time restraints are not quite as lenient. I?ve had to learn to manage my time and be more productive with what free moments I have. Strangely enough, I?ve found the college English experience to be much more rewarding and enjoyable than in high school.
When joining this online class, I thought I knew everything there was to know about English and the writing process. My previous English class focused solely on the process of writing well-structured, five-paragraph essays. I believed that this course would be somewhere along those same lines. I have always struggled with writing papers, so taking this class made my previous English class look like a walk in the park. However, this course has taken me out of my comfort zone and has helped me improve my writing significantly through assigned essays and various mini assignments. As a writer, I now feel confident in developing a strong thesis statement, successfully integrating sources and quotes in my writing to help prove a point, and using
In summary, I had an enjoyable time in my first college English class. I pushed myself as diligently as I could and learned much more than I thought I would. In addition to, my strengths grew stronger and my weaknesses improved as well. I acknowledge I still have some techniques and skills to work on; however, I am willing to put the time in and cannot wait to take English in the future. Writing is an everlasting skill that will be an enormous asset to me; in addition to my future classes, and my career as
This course has helped me develop habits and practices that have improved my writing. I have learned to begin my writing process early to help avoid procrastination. This has allowed me to become more persistent with my writing. Being persistent has allowed me to generate my ideas by outlining and planning ahead of time before I begin drafting my thoughts and ideas so that I have a more clear and concise idea of my topic. I have also learned to ask for help. This course has allowed me to gain more confidence by asking for feedback on my work so that my final draft will be my best work. Sending drafts to my peers for feedback has been immensely helpful in regards to the way I conduct my writing. During our second paper, we were put into groups based on the topic we wanted to research and write about. Because it was a collaborative writing project, I was able to benefit from my peers based on the skills they already had so I improved by permitting my peers to teach and help me through the use of their skills that they already possessed. It has allowed me to understand ways that my peers conduct their writing and observe their habits which endorsed me to develop new habits/practices that will benefit me in the long run. These habits and practices have allowed me to improve in ways that have helped me shape who I am as a
As a transfer student, I wasn’t super happy to learn that I had to take another English course, especially a specialized writing course. I came to the knowledge that I had to take the University Writing course, because it’s a requirement to graduate, therefore, I really didn’t have a choice. As I came into class the first day, my expectations left me and I was more in surprise. This course will teach me what I need to improve on and specific writing tasks I do particularly well on, and it will also get in touch with my creative side. Writing is going to challenge me, test my procrastination and teach me new ways to write; I am eager for this writing opportunity to progress further.