My Learning Summary What I Have Learned About Writing Notably, during this semester, I have learned about the importance of the first word of a paragraph and the last words. While looking back at my older essays I noticed in my first essay I wrote for this class, Giving Opportunity, I began my first paragraph with “during”. If I were to re-write that essay, keeping in mind the importance of the first word, I would begin my essay with “traveling”. Another lesson I have learned is that good writing does not include extreme words such as “every time” or “never”. When I replace those words I actually capture the reality better.
When I first took this course I thought what is a macro teacher gonna do about my writing discipline. Well you got to the point that my grandma was so poor I started getting bad grades on my papers. My grammar drastically improved after I read it, and was able to construct a paper to my highest abilities into his highest standards. Writing in the discipline is just not a saying in college. Riding in the discipline is how do you improve your grade and overall writing and rhetoric skills.
In “Five Myths About Writing”, the section discussed beliefs that caused issues when students were learning how to write. Four out of the five, I already knew they were false. For example, you have to know your topic before you write. It doesn’t matter what genre it is, as long as you are continuing to write, you can figure out your point throughout time. Many bestselling authors would not know what the ending of their novel was at first.
At the end of my conclusion I wrote, “All of the weaknesses can be toned down if I just proofread my essays and think to myself if the paper met all the goals I was aiming for”, instead of putting this at the end of my sentence I would have put a solid thesis statement instead. There were many different lessons I learned during the English 101 class, I would make all the changes in the diagnostic essay because of the concepts we learned in class. The most important lessons I learned in class were the grammar lessons and making all of my papers logical. Without the grammar lessons my papers wouldn’t sound proper, and making my papers logical made it easier for the reader to understand. The lessons that I learned in class made me realize what I needed to do in all of my
In addition, my personal writing and the writing process can be different in one way. When in the position of writing essays I usually always skip the prewrite session and just write what comes to mind. I believe the prewrite wastes my time in writing, however I’m learning that prewriting gives writers the advantage. Having the pressure to plan a thoughtful analytical essay can be stressful leaving my mind in a “blank state.”
As a reader one has to know what to look for and identify the main idea and understand what the author is trying to argue. Before taking Writing 10 I felt I was a good reader and able to identify the main idea in a prompt, but little did I really know. After going through the research process and trying to identify reliable sources I have essentially cut out the unnecessary information and I go straight to the idea or argument being made by the author. As of before, I would focus on every detail of the writing. Having been assigned readings and having discussions about the readings during class, I soon realized that writing is about an argument being made with supporting evidence.
But that should not stop you from not giving credit to the people that help you complete your work. When looking up pragriasm websites, I did a little research myself. i turn in one of my essays on the website and it told me I had 38 pragrisized work on my paper. It did not seem right because my essay was talking about my life and how could have it been wrong, it 's me. seeing it did show me that punctuations where wrong and run over sentences that i nor my professor didnt even catch.
After I wrote my first draft, I had to go back to revise a lot of paragraphs and add to my ideas. Again, I feel that the in class peer review did not help very much. Most students do not take the peer reviews serious and only do the bear minimum when revising each others papers. I had my girlfriend and my mother proofread this paper for me and that helped me clear up the ideas. Also, reading the paper out loud helped me clear up my ideas and grammar.
I can now take my new skills into future papers to prepare for college. Writing papers and fixing my errors has helped me understand my weaknesses and taught me what NOT to do. Editing my mistakes has taught me the skills to carry on in my next paper. Run on sentences, poor use of vocabulary and citations were my biggest weaknesses. I have officially mastered the skills the eliminate these errors.
This is where my deep thoughts come out and all put onto paper. When I write I am in my own world and everything else is blocked. A writing experience I am going to talk about is a time where I had to write a personal essay on my life during my senior year. During the writing process, I struggled on how to start my intro being said that it has to be interesting. My teacher said that the intro is important because that is what keeps the reader going and if it is not interesting they will stop reading.
For my synthesis paper, I did not have a strong enough thesis statement. During the revision process, I stated my main point in my introduction as well as in the conclusion. Also, I reviewed my writings to answer the question "why?". Next, I noticed that several of my paragraphs were undeveloped. I moved a few paragraphs to help strengthen the meaning of the essay.