I have learned a lot about how to improve my writing and make it more engaging over this past semester. When writing the first paper I learned a lot about how I write and how to improve my writing. At the beginning of this paper I learned how to plan a paper, by writing down ideas and notes down on a separate sheet of paper. This really helps to narrow down the ideas that I was passionate about. While writing this paper I learned how to self-correct mistakes that I would make a lot throughout my paper.
Heim, This semester has shown me the importance of happiness and communication through the written, oral, visual, and electronic aspects. I feel Like I have progressed in my writing, but I still have a lot to work on with organizing and delivering the writing. Improving on these topics in class has helped me feel more comfortable when writing and showing those writings. In the oral aspect I have a lot of work to do. In both of my oral presentations I felt very nervous and quiet, this can always be improved with more practice.
I wanted to take the time to thank you for what was the most challenging as well as refreshing English class I have ever taken. I thought the choices of authors were a wonderful representation of a range of modern literature; I have definitely taken down a few of the writer’s names so I can check out more of their works. In a way, this class was what a student dreams that college classes are like: discussion-based, complete with a tiny class size; the professor acting as guide to the daily discussions, allowing the students to lead the flow, something you did masterfully. You pushed me like no professor has before, and for that you have my sincerest thanks. Taking a Sousanis approach to the Langston Hughes analysis was a really fun way of
As a writer I know that it is necessary to take others ' feedbacks as a reflection of my writing process. Throughout the semester, I take my peers ' comment very seriously because it is the only way to know how good my writting skill is, how professional I am, and what kind of flaws I need to fix. I have used those comments intensively to fix my Issue Proposal essay, as well as my Exploratory essay. I believe that those comments are the reasons help my paper more compelling and effective. One thing I notice is that the comments remind me the errors that I have overlooked.
Overall, I have a pretty good mindset towards writing even though I have my mistakes I know if I study harder I can become a better writer over time. Being a part of this course has helped me improve my writing in different areas such as my grammar, editing, and planning. Being that, when I got back my teacher 's essay edited the first thing I noticed was all my grammar and my paragraph structure were all off. As a result, after I turn my essays in I always review my paragraphs and sometimes I even ask my friends to read over my essays to see if I need to improve either my paragraph structure, thesis or conclusion. Another, way I tried to improve my grammar, editing skills, and planning is
This gives me a jump start, or flow of ideas that can later on benefit my paper. In the article, Writing What Matters: A Students’ Struggle to Bridge the Academic/Personal Divide Emily Strasser uses the following sentence to highlight and pinpoint the real true value of writing “Writing can and should be much more than sophisticated sentence structure and nuanced word choices. The devices of grammar and rhetoric remain superficial skills until a writer employs them to express important and powerful feelings, thoughts and ideas” (WaW Pg.200). I enjoy writing about myself because it helps me express my feelings. A paper may include correct grammar and word-context, but until the writer can intertwine powerful thoughts and feelings into the work, the writer is unable to accomplish the overall intended goal.
The first thing that came to mind was definitely you’re class, where I grew to be a confident writer. In my class we read about the importance of “shitty first drafts” which I think helped take the pressure off writing an amazing paper from the get go. I learned how to write for the genre and tried to hone in on my audience for the paper. Once I had my first draft finished there was a peer review in class, which is helpful because not only do you get feedback from them, but you also get to read their papers, which can give you ideas on what you could do better. After that, I took their feedback, revised, and then turned it into my professor to get more feedback.
Writing is like a way for me to get all those possibilities, scenarios, ideas, and what if questions down on paper because it’s a way for me to express myself permanently. Before I took this writing course, I felt writing was not necessary for my education. In my writing 200 class, I have learned how to fix run on sentences, comma splices, fragments, and improve my grammar. I have improved my writing significantly, but I still have some work to do. I have been working on my writing and know I am ready to succeed at the next level because in 200 I learned how to proper use of transitions, and correct placement of commas.
I found Becker book “Writing for Social Scientists” very interesting to read, he actually described my fear of writing and why we avoid writing especially if we being asked to exchange our writing with our classmates. I remember in my first semester I was uncomfortable to expose my writing to my classmates. Becker mentioned the fear we suffer it caused when we try organize our thoughts during writing session. Organized my thought is one of my concern. Sometimes I start writing without following outline or organizing my thoughts.
Back in high school, my writing mostly committed of timed exams and practice for International Baccalaureate exams so my grammar and organizing did not matter as much as the content and speed of my work. Therefore, I had to learn new types of writing techniques and become more careful and aware of my work. In some ways, I had to reinvent myself as a writer. The course made me analyze pieces and develop my own argument which is very different from content memorization that I did in high school. I think my growth is very evident in my final paper.
The leadership skill I used was to complete project effectively because I had to concentrate what I was writing about. The core value I used was Engaged Scholar because I asked for help from others to read over my essay to check if there was any grammar
This class would be mainly rooted in class discuss, I would help by providing questions or clips to help spark the conversation but I would hope it would be environment where people wanted to share their opinions and discuss with their classmates with help from me, the professor. There would be minimal test and grades would be more based on reflections, papers, and conversations had in class. As for materials, I would want to use a large range of different types of media. I would want to start the class off with Chapter 12: Great Rock and Roll Pauses of Jennifer Egan’s book A Visit from the Goon Squad. The