What surprised me most was the difficulty of conducting an interview that flows well. I had written my questions ahead of time, but I hadn't really practiced saying them out loud. Sometimes Glenda would answer part of one of my later questions while I was asking her one of my original questions. This interrupted my logical organization of the interview. It was all really good information, but it didn't seem very organized.
Before I took this course, I wasn’t confident in my organizational skills, I couldn’t make my stories flow, and I wasn’t sure if I was using correct grammar and punctuation, or just making a fool of myself. After this course, I know that I have corrected my mistakes and, once again, improved, not only in my creative writing, but in all my
It is not because the contents of the journals are easier since I can write both reading responses and unscripted entries faster than typing into my laptop. The reason may be that I do not think much about the sentence structure before I write down something on paper. Also, I try to write really fast in order to put my thoughts down before I forget about them. The SAGES writing crew is very helpful that the tutors point out my grammar mistakes and train me to find my own mistakes. At first, they do not just look through my paper and help me edit it.
The main body of the speech however was slightly uncomfortable to watch as he read a lot from paper and was not completely comfortable with speaking the words which he had written. There could have been significantly more interaction such as a PowerPoint presentation to add a visual aspect and movement to stop the stationary presentation from becoming dull. Fleming could have ended with a stronger point and less of a repeat of his argument which made it difficult to feel like it was finished. There could have been significantly more audience participation which would have strengthened his argument by catering to the needs of the audience and the gaps in their new knowledge. Having examples of work, he had done could have made the information more accessible to people who are not familiar with scientific
Independent Reading Reflection At the start of a new quarter, I challenged myself to read more. More is such an elementary word to use, however, in light of its different meanings to me and what it truly encompassed. I set my sights high and challenged myself, in general, to read more complex texts such as nonfiction with a set number of books I hoped to attain knowledge from. Three books may not seem that many, but in the midst of other coursework and life it was a challenge. I learned that hard work does not always pay off in every aspect, and that overthinking is my nemesis in light of the simplest answers.
If you have a passion or love to do something it would be very hard to quit doing it. I started hating books in my teen years due to no longer having a passion for reading. However, I think it’s safe to say that everybody has some kind of passion or something that they love to do or maybe even something they want to learn how to do. With just one of those motives, reading a article or a book can be fun again, at least that’s how it worked out for me. By gaining a motive, having a passion, and figuring out what caused me to stop loving to read, made my love for reading become stronger than ever before.
Attending this course made me realized I prefer writing articles than writing academic essays. I discovered my weaknesses that although I am good at writing, I often use too complex sentences by adding too many clauses, thus confusing readers. I lack knowledge on academic words, leading to improper use of vocabulary, and grammatical mistakes. My essay structure was very poor, as I failed to develop a coherent thesis, body, and conclusion. However, this course has also helped me to realize my strength as a writer.
Has it ever been a good thing to not follow the rules? I find that when I don 't worry about my essays containing all the regulations it becomes more enjoyable to express myself. In my first essay I demonstrate how much of an inexperienced writer I really am. I have to admit that in my first essay I wasn 't enjoying my writing as much as I should have. I didn 't really focus on how important it was to express myself.
After reading the required readings from Cervantes’ Don Quixote, I found that the story did not compel me very much on its own, and the writing was dense and difficult to get through. Although I felt a similar problem reading Chabon’s Gentlemen of the Road, I found the story much more appealing, to the point where I could overcome my dislike for the style. Although there are many clever and witty parts in Cervantes’ novel, the story never interested me enough to push through the difficult diction; I continued reading because it was required for class. Also, the story irritated me because I felt that someone needed to truly intervene and stop this poor, mentally ill man from harming himself further. He ends up losing his ear to his endeavors
My skills for writing are not where I want them to be, but if I feel like I can better respond critically to other individuals points of views. There are a countless number of things I need to work on, but I can say I am still getting better overtime. Taking the writing 102 course made me view writing as less of a burden to me. Writing now does not seem to be very difficult for me, but more fun because I can be more creative and break thing down. There’s more freedom so I can also thing about what the author is trying to say or reveal to his or her readers.
I met some of the course objectives, but also struggled with some. Writing something for yourself is easy, but when you write something for outside readers to enjoy, it can be more of a challenge to write something that makes sense to the reader with the thoughts that you have. I struggled with this concept while writing the unit 2 paper. This objective was especially
They struggle to read at an appropriate rate. Additionally, less fluent readers struggle to read with expression. Less fluent readers spend a large amount of time focusing on decoding written text and sounding out words. Students who spend their time focusing on decoding and sounding out words often fail to comprehend what they have read. It is important to remember that fluency does not mean
Finally I chose to put Cradle and All by James Patterson as my hardest book because frankly I did not understand it. I am trying to read more difficult novels, but I think I chose one a little too far outside my comfort zone. The plot is understandable but the language the author uses rather difficult for me to read. To sum it up, these books are all good choices and I would recommend them, but sometimes I just have to deal with what I can
Although I could not relate because of my lack of note-taking skills, the article did teach me a few things. The article helped me see that reading a book is more of a conversation with the author and myself. I believe Alder delivers an unyielding response and has a large number of the answers for the disagreement against marking in books. Alder does not say in his article that his view is the correct tactic but is rather only presenting a proposition of one way that he has attempted and experimented with and has discovered it to be an effective way. I believe this article could be read by anybody interested in increasing their learning experience and what they take out of their readings.