The one skill that I have vastly improved upon in this class is organization. I have always struggled to put my thoughts to paper in a manner that is coherent and as per the assignments. The skill of creating an outline, which I have developed in this class, helps me considerably. Indeed, an outline helps me to properly organize my essays, and it enables me to focus my mind on the main points that I want to write about .As I write each paper, I keep reminding myself that other people are going to read it. Therefore, I am aware that I have to provide my audience with a good introduction.
I currently can feel that writing is a quite enjoyable process, and I like delivering my ideas to other people by writing, too. I am really proud that I have enhanced my pre-writing skills, writing structure and revising skills and have learned how to write an effective thesis statement and how to deal with rhetorical analysis. However, I still have lots of deficiencies in my articles, such as grammar problem and the lack of logical transition. In the past, I used to start writing an essay without writing an outline. I even did not brainstorm before I began to write.
This English course was a vastly informative class. We covered lots of criteria material and discussed topics during class. During the course, I have accomplish a variety of goals I once thought were unachievable. I still have a little ways to go to become the best writer I can be but by taking this course I have been able to expand and learn as a writer, editor, and analyzer of my work, peers work, and academic work. I have learned from others as others have learned from me.
Reflective Essay Attending college at an old age, writing an effective paper is a formidable task I am trying to overcome. Although English was taught in my native country, there were no proper guidelines on writing a paper; hence most submitted essays were mostly results of brainstorming and “free writing”. Embracing such things as MLA, grammar, and structure, and exploring the limitless boundaries of critical thinking, I developed an idea of what is considered as “good writing”. Most of my papers were edited with the help of the Writing Center. I took all suggestions by my fellow peers and professors into developing my skills as a writer.
While it may not be perfect, I do know that I have a certain drive when it comes to style and the strength of my words. When I came into ENG 111, I was ready for some motivation, for I haven’t written in a long time. Each assignment helped me grow and learn what my writing style truly is. When Dr. Ellen McKenzie assigned our first paper, a personal narrative, I was beyond ready. Personal writings have always been my forte, being able to drench the story in atmosphere and create a vivid image for the read.
No writer is born knowing how to write perfectly they all had to learn and that’s what I 'm doing except what they learned stuck to them. The obvious strength I have in writing is that it isn 't math. But being serious now two good strengths in writing that I have are creativity and the energy to want to write. The one weakness that hopefully is common is that I just don’t know how to put all of this together. My strengths and weaknesses make want to become a better writer hopefully this class will help.
A amjor change I had to make was my writing approach. For example, when I wrote my first paper, the steps to writing a paper was changed entirely. I was accustomed to having to write an outline and rough draft before I would write my final draft. Now, I was having to write a sketch and rough draft before I could write my final draft. The sketch was the first attempt to writing the paper, and it gave me a chance to put some ideas on paper, but it was a challenge for me because I like to write me paper entirely and put all my thoughts on paper all at one time.
Throughout the quarter I found myself improving in each category. As a writer, my skills and confidence have developed into more clarity and thought, something I have always wanted to be, as a result of a well constructed class that led to a superb educational experience. To begin, I am going to write about my weaknesses and how they transitioned into strengths. First, I remember after each assignment in class was introduced I
Also this tied in with how no writing is perfect in its first draft. I always felt my writing had to be perfect my first attempt, just as major authors or professors did. However as I learned that it talks many “shitty first drafts” to create a good piece of writing, and also then no peace of writing is ever complete. Drafting was something I never did a lot of, I always felt that my paper had to be great the first time, or else I failed as a writer. Drafting as much as you can is important because revising is very necessary.
My instructor and peers pointed them out, and I started realizing it on my own throughout the other essays I had to write. The most previous essay I had to write, the Argument Synthesis, had fewer grammar, punctuation, and citation errors, but those aspects could still be improved. In the Introduction Module, I said that I would like to become a better writer while taking this class. I had not made an A on any essay yet until the previous one. I made an A on the Argument Synthesis essay which made me feel that I had made much progress throughout this course.