Discourse was the theory that allowed me to become re-accustomed with college rigor once more. As a result, midway through the semester I was starting to grow a bit more comfortable with our assignments. My writing has improved and I had found a voice for myself in all the essays following discourse. Adversely, however throughout the semester I have struggled in all of my essays to make sure that my voice came across clear and not confusing. Comments in my discourse essay that prove this fact, are from Dr. Clermont and Hannah.
The statement that stuck out the most was that I had way too many mechanical and grammatical errors. He also stated that I had done a good job analyzing the text, but I had missed the point of the assignment. With my new found determination to prove to myself that I could hone my skills, I went back and evaluated my writing. I quickly realized that I did in fact stray from the ideas of pathos, ethos and logos which was the purpose of writing essay one. I began to think of a way to solve this issue and came to the idea of having the rubric of the essay next to me while writing.
Still, I don’t think this semester was as much about me learning, as me accepting that fact that I’m not the greatest writer in the world. I can get better and there are many areas in which I need to improve even now. My critical thinking is still lacking because I don’t bother to think past the most obvious ideas. My writing is a constant struggle between where procrastination and struggling to form and understand my own opinions. I know how a better understanding of my weaknesses and can use what I have learned this semester to make up for my writing flaws.
I learned new ways olf intergrating quotes such as the indirect quote, which I used barely before I came to this class.What I noticed in my papers this semester is that this part of my writing has improved a lot : I was able to intergrate my quotes in my paper organically and with ease. In the past it felt like I was doing some of these methods, because it seemed like the thing my teachers wanted rather than it helping my paper. Something else that was fixed with time that dealt with my paper organization was my word count. When instructors would give me a word limit many times I would find myself going over it; however, with time I was able to keep some points concise to downsize my
It has helped me make a good start and saved me time. One thing I find difficult with this essay is develop a good thesis since I kept on changing it because I kept adding more topics for my idea which means I had to revise the outline too. Although I was a bit struggling with the thesis, the in-class assignments had also helped me add some information that can be added to my main idea such as the quiz about the literary analysis in the story for “A Temporary Matter” and the group discussions about the same story. Moreover, one of my weaknesses in this piece is the sentence structure which means I need to pay attention to the language, punctuation in order to develop a strong and consistent narrative. One thing that I would like to improve on this piece is MLA citation since I tend to sometimes forget to use proper MLA in text citation.
The thoughts running around in my head were telling me that this essay might be a little better than the pre-assessment. After all, Mrs. Robinson had proclaimed she graded harder to teach us, but there were still doubts in my head. I thought to would write something personal, since that was what I was used to and it worked well for me. Upsettingly, I spent time on this essay but didn’t use all the resources to my benefit. I didn’t read it aloud after being finished and go back and check to see what I wrote made sense.
The thoughts running around in my head were telling me that this essay might be a little better than the pre-assessment. After all, Mrs. Robinson had proclaimed she graded harder to teach us, but there were still doubts in my head. Those doubts made me think to write something personal since that was what I was used to. Upsettingly, I spent time on this essay, but didn’t use all the resources to my benefit. A key part I didn’t use was reading aloud the essay after and going back and check to see if it made sense.
My writing skills have improved due to this class and all Ms. Geary had taught me. She made class fun with her inflections and just the way she says everything, her personality definitely showed through. I looked forward to class but never the homework. Finally after reading over my final drafts of: My Past as a Writer, Problematic Essay and my Exploratory Research Paper I realize that I have dramatically improved my writing skills in every draft thanks to revisions and some positive criticism for Ms. Geary. I think I am now ready to take on the next step in the English world.
This way I can feel more confident about my skills as a college student but as well as a strong writer. My strengths are that I can organize my essays much better which can lead to writing the paper as a hassle free assignment. Planning out what I’m writing has proved to be an effective way to writing better essays. Even though the grades I’ve gotten back have not been impressive I do know I’m on the right track to success. During the beginning of the semester I was dealing with a lot of roommate situations, I couldn’t focus on studies because I was worried about being tormented in the room.
Consideri... ... middle of paper ... ...e in my daily writings such as, e-mails, letters, notes and discussion board responses to practice what I have learned. In final analysis, my writing has greatly improved during this semester, and having looked at the area's I most need to work on has given me an awareness of what my weaknesses are. Examining what I have learned and what I need to learn allows me to generate a strategy to fortify my writing skills. Critiquing my own work has given me insight into how my writing is progressing in this class and allowed me to see short comings I had missed previously. Self-evaluation is a helpful tool for anyone who wants to continue to learn what areas they can improve upon and how much progress they are making.