First my attitude had to changed for this class. When this happened I started taking extra time in my assignments and in my reading. This happen when I turned my paper in a different format and my teacher could not open it. She gave me a bad grade. Then I question why I had got a bad grade because according to my believes I had done a good job on the essay.
I feel as if I have become a better writer and my improved writing skills are shown within each essay. When I first signed up for English 101 at soar, I thought it was more of a reading and comprehension class instead of a writing class. On August 19, the first day of class, I learned that this class was opposite of what I thought and it made me super nervous. I never had to write so many lengthy essay in a short amount of time. When I first enter the class I saw myself as a writer that needed a lot of work.
These were usually found and cleared up before the final draft was turned in but only thanks to the peer editing and rough drafts that I had turned in during class. Even on my last draft of “Teachers of Tomorrow” I had points taken off on my final draft because of punctuation and integrating quote errors. I had written “When asked about forms of hierarchy she responded with, “I would consider our hierarchy to be President, Treasurer, Secretary, Service, Publicity, and then Social.” (“Teachers of Tomorrow” 1) With her quote being an entire new paragraph. I now know that was not necessary, yet I did this throughout my entire paper which resulted in a lower grade. 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.
I needed an outlet from the pointless assignments which inevitably turned into me writing my own short stories and blogs. Although I did not learn much about writing from this unproductive class, I learned a lot about myself. I found my passion. By the end of the year, I was ready to go into regular English, but in the back of my mind I knew I had to at least see what the next year was like. I felt as though I went through hell and back with the previous class, how much worse could the next be?
To begin, I am so relieved to finish my first semester of college. When I first started off in English 100, I thought the English course will overall be boring and pointless because I didn’t believe I will learn anything. Throughout the weeks in English, I started to learn about the different structures in writing and begin to notice how my imagination is bursting to say things when I am writing. When I had the one-on-one meeting with Professor Tarkany, she told me college is an experience to learn about yourself and identify your struggles. So within the course, I was able to discover a bit more of myself.
Another weakness I had was the run on and comma splice errors. I had this problem becau... ... middle of paper ... ...something I didn’t have trouble with but if I would have had trouble I would’ve learned in the lesson we had. I was never a person that liked to write essays. This semester I really enjoyed writing those essays and specially because I was learning new things while writing them. Some things I could do to improve my essay writing are not to wait till the last three or four days before I turn my essay in to start doing it.
Going into Rpw 210 I had pretty low exceptions. Based off my previous Rpw experience I was expecting a boring teacher,topics and assignments which wouldn't teach me anything. But this class surprised me. Not just the teacher but the readings and bringing in or applying to every day made this class enjoyable. Last year my rhetoric and professional writing class was dreaded.
However, the assignment was not asking to tell the story, the main theme is to write what shaped you as a whole. As a result, I got a poor grade and realized that this college level course was not the same as a high school writing course. In high school, I was only satisfied in completing the essay and receiving an A. What really ... ... middle of paper ... ...lized that there were many mistakes that I needed to fix in order to perfect my writing. I need to consider more about focusing on the topic and organizing for my writing, because it appeals to the audience more clear to the point.
This semester I have spent in writing 107 has greatly changed my thoughts about writing. All throughout high school and even coming into this class I thought that writing was an easy subject that required very little effort. Suffice to say, I thought that I would get a good grade in this class despite putting in little time and dedication. I learned after the first two papers that writing is a hard subject that requires lots of planning and work. Before this class, I would never have thought that I would go to the writing center in CTLE or have friends proofread my paper telling me their thoughts.
The question of the day is how was Barbara Bileks English composition class and how it helped me better myself as a writer. The class overall was a very informative experience and I feel as I learned a lot. Whenever the class started I considered myself a mediocre at best writer and thought that I would never improve. However, Ms. Bilek taught me to become a better writer by using many techniques that I did not know existed. In high school, we were not taught how to write academically because to them it did not matter.