English 101-60 has taught me many things and has helped me grow and develop my skills as a writer. It has taught me how to think more creatively and use clear concrete details. In the beginning of the semester, our first writing assignment was a narrative journal entry that focused on writing about an uninteresting moment from your life and making it interesting. This was a challenging assignment because it was a broad topic that allowed the writers to take it in any direction. I remember thinking I had no idea what I am going 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.
As an English 101 student, in my third semester of college, I have learned several things, particularly within the subject of writing. One of my goals this semester is to improve my writing abilities. I enjoy writing, and I always put a large amount of time and effort into my assignments. After this course, I have learned the importance of superior writing, not just good writing. The importance is now more apparent, specifically from the standpoints of analysis, ethos, pathos and logos.
The one skill that I have vastly improved upon in this class is organization. I have always struggled to put my thoughts to paper in a manner that is coherent and as per the assignments. The skill of creating an outline, which I have developed in this class, helps me considerably. Indeed, an outline helps me to properly organize my essays, and it enables me to focus my mind on the main points that I want to write about .As I write each paper, I keep reminding myself that other people are going to read it. Therefore, I am aware that I have to provide my audience with a good introduction.
Oscar De La Hoya once stated, “There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business” (Hoya). My writing skills continue to improve, and I learn something new each day. Self-reflection is a humbling process that one must endure in order to grow. As my freshman literature and composition course begins to wrap, I am in awe of the amelioration I have made. I have surpassed my goals and am dreaming of what will be possible next year.
Through this semester, I have learned a lot of writing skills and techniques. The learning process of this course is not smooth, there are many difficulties and issues I have meet during this semester. However, in the meantime I also revived many benefits from this course. I think the skills and techniques I learned from this course not only make me able to pass this class, but also is valued for my future academic journey. Throughout the whole semester, the project demanded the most from me among three writing project is the last one, the writing project 3.
In the beginning of the English Composition 1 course, I felt as if I was not a very good writer. A lot of what I learned in high school was completely different than that of my college English course. Over the course of this semester our class worked on several different types of essays which include scholarly discourse, discourse community analysis, a persuasive paper, and finally a critical reflective essay. After almost completing the course, I feel like I have grown to become a more prepared writer because of all of the useful information that I have learned. Campus resources such as the Writing Center have also contributed tremendously to my success in my English course.
The responsibility I have gained during this experience is incredible and has taught me to be a much more organized person. During this semester I was taught a process of how to write a paper and organize it. I found that all of these responsibilities have made me realize that I could definitely take the next step forward in my academic career. Each new experience I involve myself in has made me continue to grow and constantly learn something new. I am someone who has never really enjoyed English classes in the past and I when I registered for English 101 I only saw it as a requirement to graduate but I really did enjoy this English course and I know that it was something that was worthwhile for me.
Overall this semester, I believe my writing in this course has been one of my strongest areas and I am excited to keep getting better at this skill. With my mother’s help during middle and high school, my papers have improved significantly and now I think I have a firm grasp on writing for various disciplines, but particularly professional settings like social work. I picked up on APA format quickly after doing MLA for several years and it now feels like second nature to me. There are certainly still formatting areas to improve upon and learn more about, but at this stage, I think I am progressing steadily. Thirdly, I am able to find appropriate sources easily to reference in my activity analyses, which is crucial as I advance in the program.
Another advancement I noticed was that the content of my work has matured, along with my organizational adeptness. My assessment of my development in writing is based on comparison of essays I have written this semester and my reading responses from the textbook. One of my first reading and writing assignments was answering the Malcolm X questions. That wri... ... middle of paper ... ...enerate fresh ideas for my future expository essay. From this course I have learned that being a writer is much more than writing grammatically correct.