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.
Errors like these have shown me that although I have improved on many things, I still need to spend more time editing and reviewing my own papers. When I first learned we would be peer editing in this class I was honestly a bit nervous because I have always been so self-conscious about my work. In my literacy narrative “New Beginnings” I shared personal information and did not want others to think differently of me, which made me hesitate weather or not peer editing was a good idea. I now realize there was nothing to worry about and peer editing did nothing but strengthen my paper. The writing lab on campus is another great resource that I learned to take advantage of.
Before taking English 1A, I was a discouraged writer because as an English learner, I did not believe that I had any ability to be an acceptable writer. Therefore, I did not have any joy while I was doing writing assignments. However, I have gradually loved writing through this semester. I fortunately got plenty of helps from my classmates and professor; thus, my writing skills have gotten improved a lot. I currently can feel that writing is a quite enjoyable process, and I like delivering my ideas to other people by writing, too.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) "students often have a hard time telling the difference between everyday anxiety and an actual anxiety disorder" (ADAA Website). For me, FAW helped teach me so many new things it was easier for me to relax and write with confidence knowing I would do well. This was one of the perks I noticed in taking FAW, the better you knew how to properly write, the better you felt about approaching new assignments. It helped make a lot of my assignments easier to handle since I already knew how... ... middle of paper ... ...rganized."
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.
This essay taught me that even though I was learning a lot from this course, that there was still room to improve. Likewise, I ended up with the assumption I had done great on this essay since I wrote about a topic I enjoyed, makeup. I was proven wrong. The evaluation paper called for evaluating and expanding on the quotes you had provided in your paper, something I wasn’t as familiar with until this class. I didn 't do so well on this particular essay but I had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes.
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
But, these people are sometimes not that helpful because I suspect they do not want to be mean or critical, so then I ask my teacher if they can read over my work for me. In English last year, Mr. Biggs was a huge help with being a good critique, and it was really beneficial because he had more experience as a writer than one of my classmates. I really trusted him in reading my writing because I knew he would help me if my thesis was really weak, and he wouldn’t just leave me at telling me that it was. He would suggest different ways I could make it better, which ultimately would make my essay or piece of writing a lot better. Personally, I would rather hear all the things that are wrong with my writing than all the things that are amazing about it.
I state on January 25 that “ It was rather helpful as the words that one might associates with a key word does provide some useful analysis.” I was rather surprised when I learned something useful in English class. On February 10, I write about Dr. Popham’s life altering lesson the “to be” forms. Ever since then, “I really cannot write my essays without thinking of better words that might fit the sentence better.” As a result, when it came time to write my drafts, my peers and I didn’t suffer greatly. On March 2 I explain, “I really enjoyed the free flowing essays and thus, made it very enjoyable to read and revise.” The reflection journal shows my change in attitude towards writing and assisted me in becoming a concise
All there is to do in this particular class is type up essays and revise them, nevertheless, book assignments in between. My instructor does great job at keeping things put together, making sure we know the adequate methods to succeed in the class and making the class as straightforward as possible. The first essay I wrote in this class was primarily about how awesome I am. At first I thought I would never be able to get done due to the broad topic that it was. I was asking myself, how could a person like me write about how awesome they are?