As my first semester at Eastern Kentucky University comes to a close, I sit and reflect on my writing as a whole. Of course I have gained new skills like how to push myself to do better, time management, and how to elaborate on my thesis. However, my grammar skills has not improved in my mind. A couple of aspects of this class was helpful while a couple were not. The papers that I have written in this class have been like no other I have wrote.
My writing practice has now changed drastically. Before I even think about writing my essay, I brainstorm ideas. I put down anything I can possibly think of to include in my essay and this helps me generate my thesis and main point. For me, this makes writing the essay much easier. Another new thing I have been doing throughout the course of this class is making drafts of each essay.
In one of the first papers I wrote for this class, I felt as though my sentences were weak and I was repeating myself in every paragraph. I would also wander off into first person point of view without realizing it. Throughout the weeks in this course, I used the quizzes, textbook, feedback and assignments to my advantage and tried to expand my vocabulary to make my sentences sound more complex and stronger. I could tell that my writing had improved significantly in my research paper assignment because I used stronger words which helped create an academic tone throughout my writing. Overall, my sentence structure is not perfect, and is something I still need practice with, but it has absolutely improved over the course of the
I started my conclusion with “in conclusion” and this semester I have been able to grow away from this habit. I can write even longer essays without much difficulty. One thing that helped me tremendously in class was the checklist for each essay. It helped me make a better outline and focus on important details of the paper. On my previous essays,
English class in high school used to be one of the classes I dreaded the most. From discussions to numerous essays that we were required to participate in, I disliked it all. Don’t get me wrong, the subject of English itself is something that I enjoy--the teachers however are a different story. I would have to say that my first semester of college English was a major turning point for my love-hate relationship of this class. Over these few months I have grown as a writer and learned new and useful skills for the future.
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?
Also through practice this semester I was better able to write a concrete thesis statement, something I was puzzled with in my previous English courses. Now I am more confident in my writing, but I still believe that there are certain areas in my writing that could use some improvement. During this semester I have been able to look at my previous essay and see the progress that I have made. With my prologue essay there are countless grammar and spelling mistakes. I take this into account now because I have learned to reread my essays before deciding whether or not they are finalized.
Reflective essay This fall semester in ESL 91 class, has been pretty interesting and so far a success. The main object of this semester has been the essay writing, we were taught various lab techniques that helped us to improve our English writing skills, such as, verb tenses and how to write a research paper with work cited. Throughout working research papers, I have learned how to use compares. But most of all I can say that my reading skills have improved a lot because of the research papers, since then I read a lot. However, I was struggling a lot when I first started.
I do believe that my final essay is a revision of my introductory essay. In my introductory essay, I feel like I was a very weak writer because I didn’t have much experience in writing. All the other writing between my introductory essay and my final essay really has help me become a better writer. I feel like my writing is a little stronger now than when I write my introductory essay. My final essay allow me to see how my writing process has changed over time.
Oh how I dreaded English 103 online… I stayed up late and spent days thinking and planning on my papers and watching videos ect. Sometimes as I read through the discussions I was discouraged and amazed to see such great writers, I wondered where did they learn this great skill? English class or their upbringing? I know everyone is different and learns differently and we all have our own language, way of speech but I’m as near close to skill writing as some of my class mates. It was also very discouraging to get low scores after I thought I was doing great, I reached out to my counselor and the writing center, in which they helped me a lot.