My Writing Struggles After taking AP English III, I became better at organizing my papers, but realizing I need to improve my grammar skills and staying focused on my supporting points. All throughout my writing career, I was always thought to be an outstanding writer, especially using vocabulary above my grade range. Naturally, I would see myself as an excellent writer as well until I took Mrs. Bingham’s AP English II course. Mrs. Bingham always gave pointers, tips, and work to improve my class’s writing skills as a whole. I would submit each assignment with high hopes and secretly expect to receive them with minor or no markings or point deductions. While I thought I would be doing just fine, my teacher would hand back my papers with purple pen covering the paper. Of course I would ask questions and for loads of help while preparing my final copy so I also often wondered why my papers were up to par. One thing I can say is that I indeed realized that …show more content…
As in focused writer, I mean it as in most cases, less is more especially in the writing formal English world. I will get so lost in my own writing trying to give the most facts and adjectives of my point that I will almost veer away from my main point. As long as I have been writing formal essays and papers of any kind, I always say too much not knowing when enough is enough. I struggle the most with this because I want my reader to understand that I know exactly what I am writing about. I know I can only write to explain my thesis, but I also want the reader to see it from my point of view. My goal is nearly impossible to achieve because everyone has their own opinions or will at least form their own opinion from my writing. This is an obstacle I have yet to overcome, but I know that with much help from my current instructor, I will no longer struggle as a
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The three major problems in my writing were my inability to cite my sources correctly, my poor use of vocabulary, and my constant use of run-on sentences. These three problems showed up repeatedly in my papers. With the help of my teacher, I have been able to learn from my mistakes. I can now take my new skills into future papers to prepare for college.
When I was in college at Harvard, I had continued my writing career by helping my classmates write their assignments. In my English class, I had suspicions that my professor was unfairly marking down my work. I remember thinking, something just isn't right about these grades. I had spent so much time on these papers, only to get grades that I didn't deserve. So I did what anyone else would do.
The style of writing has changed drastically in excess of the past years; each person has their own writing modus operandi that helps to get their point from corner to corner or refer to all that jazz that they are trying to portray. Every author seems to have their own unique way of getting their message to their audience, for instance, they might share personal experiences related to their topic or analysis. Some authors might write about something affected them emotionally and influenced them to act a certain way.
In my writing at first I with many part of sentence structure and grammar. Trying to not mess up in structure I was unable convey my ideas. Over the course of the semester it has became easier by every essay. My improvement was some not severely, but learning the basic again will help me for all class and other English courses. Writing again was something I slowly was becoming accustomed again as before.
This past year in English has been rewarding and self-fulfilling. I entered the year as a new and improved Poppers in writing essays. A glance at my first paper- an essay on Ender's Game- and my last one in 9th grade, the This I Believe essay, is a great example of the incredible differences in my writing which quickly improved as a freshman. However, entering sophomore year I was struck with the false belief that I was done learning about how to write and that from then on would just be about gaining more experience. How wrong I was.
When I think of myself as a writer, I think of a writing struggle. I struggle with getting things done by the deadline, there are times when I feel “on top of the world” this is when I write my best, and there are times when I can’t write at all, I just feel like dying. I went through a lot during Junior year, and it resulted in me being very depressed; which really affected my ability to write. I hate writing when my heart isn’t in it when this happens it leads me to procrastinate, waiting for a spark of motivation but, during Junior year I realized you just have to fake it occasionally and write with only your intelligent mind. My Junior year I decided to take Mr.Davies Dual Enrollment English class, a college level class.
Initially, when I first walked into class, I had no respect for writing papers or the class. However, as the weeks progressed and the weeks went by, I’ve slowly gained the respect that English deserves. While it is still fairly difficult for me to formulate my thoughts and turn them into cohesive, well-structured sentences and paragraphs, I now know that most of what I write now is so much better than what my writing was when we initially started. It is through practice and revision that my writing has improved.
In writing 121 I have faced many challenge and luckily with time I have over come them. When class first started I felt that we had a huge work load; it was hard--still is--to finish in time. The homework and essays required such critical thinking and cross analyzing that it made it challenging for me to complete my work. However other factors, such as what was going on in my outside of school, or family life contributed to the problem as well. Despite that I was always taught to finish what you started, so I never gave up and did all the work even if it was late.
Over the semester, I have gained a better understanding of different writing tasks, specifically analysis. I have also continued to pursue my goal of being a more professional writer. I hope to carry the skills I have obtained and what I have learned with me throughout my writing career in biology. When I began the course, I was not familiar with analysis writing.
Writing has always been an issue but yet interesting subject of mine. As hard as I try and write essays, and papers I just can’t get the hang of writing. But after taking this class, I did learn different writing technique and improved my writing proficiency, material body of formatting, and how to uncovering and properly use sources. Through class exams, essays, and a research paper, I was able to learn new writing skills. Although I have learned a variety of things, my writing still needs improvement.
Now, to become a bad writer the first step is to completely disregard the subject that needs to be written on. As a bad writer, there is no single focus on a topic or idea, instead there is the total misdirection on the subject that needs to be portrayed. The easy way out of missing the main idea is writing about the complete opposite of that idea, some people naturally have this gift due to being confused on their certain topic but others have to really think about what could be the most misleading
Throughout my few weeks of taking this english course I have had time to reflect on my writing skills and I believe that I definitely have room for improvement. While my writing is not terrible it isn’t where I would like for it to be, and as of now I would prefer to be at the level of a college student. It is going to take a lot of hard work to get to where I want to be at, but with everything that I have learned throughout this course I think it may not be as tough as I thought. As a writer I believe that trying to go above and beyond what is asked, creating really strong proposal are my strength, but trying to go above and beyond, and not being able to execute it properly is my biggest mistake. Whenever I write I often think ahead of what I want to write and the apply it to my paper, but sometimes in the writing process I just blank out, and can’t think of the right words to say and which ones not to say and ultimately it leads to an internal conflict on whether or not I should leave it
As my final essay I am choosing to write about how this course as helped me evolve as a writer. Having worked in a business environment for 30 plus years, I was confident I would handle this class with ease. As I worked through each assignment I soon became aware of how much I did have to learn. Feeling somewhat embarrassed by the mistakes that I have made throughout my career left me feeling somewhat inadequate in my position as office manager. I would say to myself “how could I have forgotten all of the rules that apply to writing properly”.
Growing up over the years I have thought of writing to be a very limited field. Limiting writing to only published books, magazines and writing my essays for school, but over the course of the last couple weeks I have learned otherwise. Having read the texts that were assigned in class and discussed them as a group, has really allowed me to see that there are more parts to writing than the actual task of writing and allowed me to form my own ideas of good writing. Although some people believe that grammar and spelling makes good writing, in actuality good writing is created through understanding the context, connecting with the audience and realizing the genre you are writing in.