This semester I was able to flourish as a writer due to essays given in class. I am now better able to analyze prompts and to communicate my ideas better on paper. Although my writing has drastically improved, it has not always been that way. As evident through past essays, my writing was poorly structured and contained spelling errors. Also through practice this semester I was better able to write a concrete thesis statement, something I was puzzled with in my previous English courses.
Gabe Over the period of time that I was in this course, I thought it would be a very simple and easy to finish class. But as time went on, I found myself to be demanded more of what I think, what I feel, what must be relied on my ability to understand the concepts and conventions of not only the essays, but of what goes on in the writers mind when writing. Though it isn 't just about the writing that has captivated me over the course period, it is the fact that I had to undergo an evolution of what I considered to be okay in writing. Things I found to be passable are now considered to be mediocre in the expense that I did not pay attention to the small bits of detail there was. The course was not at all a challenge, however the real challenge
This is my self-assessment paper. I am going to explain how my writing has changed since my first day of class. I am also going to explain some of my strengths and weaknesses as a writer and how I have improved my writing also about some goals that I have, to become a better writer. Before I enrolled into this English class, I knew my strengths were limited as a result of being out of school for a long time, I had forgotten most of the writing rules. Last semester I took English 101 with a lab which helped me refresh my memory on grammar, punctuation and helped me organize my thoughts.
My final essay allow me to see how my writing process has changed over time. When I look back in my introductory essay, I can see a lot of changes I could make to make it better. I think this is a good change, because I can see that I’m a better writer now. I’ve learned a lot in the nature of writing and thinking. Before I took this class, I always feel like writing is a long, and difficult process.
With the feedback from fellow classmates and Dr. Eldred I have continued to better my writing skills. One skill I always use is that I make a box outline, I learned this in high school. It allows me to see what certain points I would like to cover in each paragraph and also lets me know how many paragraphs I need to cover all my information. My main weaknesses with all my papers were summarizing too much, citing quotes, and not having a good thesis. I’ve always struggled with coming up with a supportive, specific thesis.
To fix that, I always have to reread what my essay says and make sure that the reader will understand it. The revision process has improved my writing because the very first time I edited and revised my essay in this class, I caught many errors that would be points counted off if I had not caught them. Now, I am able to check for those errors that I know I am making and fix them as I am writing so there will be fewer errors to correct when I revise and edit. These strategies help a me make my papers better because while writing, I don’t always see the mistakes that I am making. Doing edits and revisions help me see these mistakes and I will use these strategies in college because it is a tactic that does not take long, but it goes a long
Even though I have improved, I still have weaknesses that I would hope to improve on in EN 102. However, overall this course not only improved my writing skills but my social awareness. 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.
I did not spend as much time proofreading as I should have. I thought through writing it on word that most of my m... ... middle of paper ... ...ad over it for me to check for grammatical errors. After finishing the essay I would rate this essay as not my best but not my worst. This essay was challenging, but also made me see things differently in the way of an advertisement. Through this class and my previous experiences I’ve learned to spend more time on each step of the writing process instead of rushing through.
My first essay in this class was less focused then the essays I wrote later in this class. I was overwhelmed by the length requirement of the essay, and had limited experience with different writing techniques. This semester, however, I have attempted both listing and outlining. I had never used either techniques before, nevertheless, my writing benefited did from these new techniques; however, I believe I had more success with the listing technique. I used listing while writing my classify and divide essay and I believe it helped me to stay on topic and keep my writing organized.
My instructor and peers pointed them out, and I started realizing it on my own throughout the other essays I had to write. The most previous essay I had to write, the Argument Synthesis, had fewer grammar, punctuation, and citation errors, but those aspects could still be improved. In the Introduction Module, I said that I would like to become a better writer while taking this class. I had not made an A on any essay yet until the previous one. I made an A on the Argument Synthesis essay which made me feel that I had made much progress throughout this course.