Reflection Paper

explanatory Essay
743 words
743 words

Throughout my time spent in high school, I received minimal writing experience. There were only a handful of papers assigned each semester. Not only were there few writing assignments, but also they were quite short in length. I don’t recall having to write anything longer than three pages, although, that seemed like a huge paper at the time. Even with my small workload, I didn’t put as much effort into writing as I should have. I never attempted to plan out my writing either. I would jump right in to each paper without any regard to where it was going. My essays were often lacked any kind of flow and were, at times, quite convoluted. In my defense, however, my poor effort still yielded good grades. And so, I didn’t learn how to write a decent paper until the following year. During my first semester I, like all freshmen, had to take English 101. In this class I wrote 4 serious papers. Each of these was around six or seven pages in length but each was a different style of writing. I got experience writing a personal narrative, a news article with an interview, and a persuasive essay. One of the only downsides about this class was that I didn’t care for my teacher. …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates how they received minimal writing experience during high school. they didn't put as much effort into writing as they should have and never attempted to plan out their writing.
  • Describes how they took english 101 and wrote 4 serious papers. they didn't care for their teacher, who pointed out basic syntax and grammar errors, but did not provide as much help with structure and main idea.
  • Describes how their experiences in english 102 were better than those of 101. the first paper was an evaluation of a discourse community of their choice, and the final paper required ten scholarly sources.
  • Opines that they have become a much better writer since graduating high school, but there are still issues they need to improve on.
  • Opines that this semester will be fruitful and hopes to improve as a writer and critical thinker. they also hope to expand their knowledge of music history and music cultures.

I have become a much better writer since I graduated high school, but there is still a lot that I need to improve on. The biggest of these issues is definitely my planning process. I rarely do any serious brainstorming and never put enough time into planning out my essay before I start. Most of the time I don’t even know what the next paragraph is going to be about until I finish the current one. Another aspect of writing that I need to improve is my revision process. I need to better apply comments that I receive, as well as be able to make critiques of my own writing. If I read my own work as critically as a professor would, then I would be able to present better material for the initial

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