Along with those classes, I have had many teachers help me find a newfound love and hate for the subject. Freshman year was my toughest, most unproductive, year by far. The teacher assigned papers that were pointless and she chose books that interest her. Much of the work she assigned was busy work, she did not care if we grew as writers or if we understood the concept behind the assignment. After a month, I was looking for a way out, I bit off more than I was able to chew.
In Composition one I learned that my strengths include knowing the variety of my audience, being descriptive with my writing, understanding grammar and mechanics, and arguing both sides of a story. I found that my weaknesses are topic sentences, transitioning, guiding my audience, and using too much research. Though I have plenty of things that could some improvement, this semester in composition one I many triumphs. On the first day when Mrs. Garth told us we had to write a paper in just two days my heart sank. I knew I was not a good writer, so I thought I was going to fail my first assignment.
When I am assigned to write an essay, the first thing I do is panic. I panic because I always seem to run into the same problems with my writing process. I have no central idea. I have no clue what I actually want to write about. When I was younger, I always started by making a web or an outline because thats what my teachers encouraged me to do in school, but I don’t do that anymore.
When I first entered this class, I already knew that it wasn’t going to be easy just because I 'm not good with putting things into words and explaining myself with proper grammar. I can honestly say English 101 has really inspired me to be a better writer. This class affected me in a lot of ways it showed me that writing takes time and you can 't expect a paper to be great without any revising or editing. That has always been a mistake of mine, I would tend to free write a lot it seemed to be the only way I could get my thoughts processed on a paper. I would forget periods, commas and misspell words without even noticing.
For some reason I have a mental block against going back to my own work and revising. I remember a specific comment that a professor left on one of my papers a year or two ago where he said that editing is the most important part of the paper. He explained that some of my errors were distracting from my writing and all of the points that I want to make. That was really an eye opening moment for me. I realized that I was sounding less intelligent because of my grammar (any somewhat laziness) mistakes.
In the beginning of the semester I am coming back from a rest and have forgotten all of the writing that is involved in some classes. I notice that it is mostly in the education and a few of the core classes that these thought provoking writings are stressed in. I'm glad that I am almost done these type of classes. By the end of the semester I feel like I'm getting a little snowed under and I start resenting the comment "about a page in response". I know that this is a great way to explore different thoughts and ideas in our writings but I still get this feeling nevertheless.
Over my career of schooling my writing has changed dramatically at times and very little at others. Through my years of schooling people have determined my main weaknesses and strengths that I should work on with my writing. My biggest weakness is writing introductions and conclusions they must be so complicated and require so much thought to be defined as good. I excel at writing body paragraphs and explaining all the facts that back up your main ideas though. In all my years of going to school I have had trouble writing introductions and conclusions for my papers.
Entering English Comp one, I had fears of what the class would be like. I realized that I had many weaknesses, but it was not till the end of the class that I learned my strengths. When I first entered Comp one I was very nervous. Everyone had told me that Mrs. Garth was a really tough teacher, therefore; that kinda made me second guess my opinion to take the class. When we started writing I learned that my main weakness was getting my point across while staying on topic.
No Child Behind Act: The history and continued debate of its effectiveness As I filled in scantron form with my number two pencil, I remembered that writing my name was just as important as entering my school code. Thinking back to elementary school I can remember the week long exams. The week in which I longed to be sick just so I wouldn’t have to be spilt from my class and spaced out to test rigorously on my comprehension of various subjects. This describes my first encounter with the ineffectiveness of standardized testing. Teachers were extremely stressed during this period as well but at the time I didn’t understand why.
This made Research fairly simple. I had a rude awaking once I took my first English Comp at Ivytech. I then started a new trend of quitting before I would even get started. I was petrified of even the idea of Research papers. Needless to say, my fear of college writing, especially research, put me in a downward spiral from one academic failure to the next.