Writing an essay is not one of my strengths when it comes to learning English as my second language. I am not fond of writing an essay because I had minimal experience back in high school. Knowing that I have little experience when it comes to writing, I hesitated to sign up for English 211, but I ended up enrolling. In the small time that I am in the class, I had to write five different types of essays. I had to write two character analysis essays, a personal or academic challenge essay, an argumentative essay, and a reflective essay. Writing five different essays within few weeks was challenging. Through the process of writing these essays and with the help of my professor and my peers, I have learned how to organize my ideas, to properly use commas, conjunctions and concessive words, improved my grammar and learned how to proofread.
Organizing my ideas before an essay makes it easier to write. On the first day of class, my professor assigned us to find a topic to write about for our personal or academic challenge essay. He also told us to write an outline to help us because it was going to be an in-class essay over two hours. I thought that writing an outline was useless, so I did not do it. As a result, I had a hard time thinking about what topic to write when the time came. My mind was blank. After an hour of thinking, I finally decided on a topic, but I was not able to write it well due to the wasted time it took to come up with what to write about and did not know how to start it. It took me some time to get my mind going. After this experience, I have learned that thinking ahead of time and organizing my thoughts about what to write about is essential in writing a good essay, especially an in-class one. A...
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... my writing skills better. Mistakes that I did gave me a reason to improve myself for the next level of writing. Despite all of the good progress I made by taking this class, I still have to make more improvements to make myself a better writer. One of the improvements that I have to do is my grammar skills. Improving my grammar skills a bit more would make my essay easier for the readers to understand. Constructing a better sentence is also one of the things I should work on. I still have the tendency to construct a confusing sentence that I also get confuse on when I read it. People always say that practice makes it perfect, and that is what I am going to do. I am going to keep on writing and use the things that I learn to improve my writing skills. By practicing to write and making mistakes, I would learn different things that would improve my writing even more.
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