These past few months have been interesting. I procrastinated (more than I should have), written a few papers, but I have also learned a lot about writing. Walking into this I had some writing experience but not nearly as much as I should of had. I knew how to summarize, cite, and work in groups but this class gave me the opportunity to fine tune those skills and learn new skills. College should not be taken lightly and The first new skill I learned was how to write a college level paper.
As a student, I have grown in my skills for academic success by having to write an essay in my Honors English class. We’ve recently finished reading the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and were told to write an essay about one of the given prompts. Before having to write this essay, I was struggling with the type of vocabulary and perspective, which was third-person, I was supposed to use. I had to find the right quotes from the book and explain in detail how they support the prompt, I felt that was the hardest for me. The words “I” or “me” weren’t allowed in the essay, unless they were in quotes.
Obviously, I need to improve some skills for eighth grade. To increase my vocabulary, I can use a thesaurus to find better words when I write. To participate more in class, I will raise my hand when I know the answer and stop being as shy as I am right now. To stop procrastinating, I need to do my work as soon as I can, instead of holding it off till the last day. To conclude, next year in eighth grade I need to increase my vocabulary, participate more in class, and stop
When I have an idea on my mind, I always struggled to write it out as a legit sentence. Although I know that I should change my wording when I am writing down my thoughts, I cannot think of a formal expression in a short time. This is the most time consuming process when I am writing. I find an interesting fact about my writing that I can write faster when I am writing my journals on real paper. 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.
At first I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take Advanced Placement English Composition in my junior year but I still did. I was truly stressed that my work would be trashy but my teacher supported me in every way. We also had assignments to see if we understood literary terms. One assignment that I found intriguing was when I had to write things that I carried to school and each sentence had to be a literary device. This was one task I enjoyed because it was time consuming, challenging, and also using my previous writing knowledge to create an entertaining writing piece.
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
At times when I read there are words that I don’t quite understand. When this happens I look up the word and see how I could use it. This also goes back to my writing, if I find a word in a book that I have read I can add it to my writing to improve my writing skills. When I see the effect of reading on my knowledge it makes me proud of myself because I used to get teased for always reading, but that didn’t matter to me because , in the end, I knew that reading would help me. All those people that teased me for always reading were probably envious of how much knowledge that I could acquire from just reading one book.
Throughout the duration of this class, I have been highly reflective on my work, but have failed to take into consideration past mistakes when developing new assignments. From the Personal Narrative Essay to the Destination Essay, common errors have take place amongst them all. Specifically, I have struggled to make the syntax of my essays less confusing and allow my explanations to be more detailed, but have always been successful in sharing interesting ideas with the audience. The first way that I have struggled to become more flexible and self-aware is by the lack of using correct syntax. Within almost every essay written during first semester, I came across multiple comments made by you that reflect my difficulty creating sentences
Throughout this semester, I have had many struggle when it came down to doing an assignment for ENC1102. When it comes down to my growth, I have noticed throughout my papers that various struggle I had in the past, are now not as difficult for me. One of the main examples of this is being able to clearly state my thesis. The thesis statement has always been an issue for me because I never really knew how to get my point across clearly through a thesis statement. When doing the proposal, I had to figure out how to properly state my thesis and have it linked into the rest of the paper.
I knew I was good at writing as I was often asked to write for the school magazine or website, but I didn’t know what makes me a good writer. Before attending university, I made a commitment to engage in English classes and join writing workshops, so I could refine my writing. I wanted to learn how to write better essays with a wider range of vocabulary and less grammatical errors. I knew this course would help me improve my writing, though I didn 't know much about the learning process and goals. Through this course, I have realized my weaknesses and strength as a writer and learned how to structure and write an academic essay.
Three habits I 'd like to change this year is to be more organized, procrastinate less, and study for my tests longer. I tend to leave some of my homework assignments to the last minute, which makes me rush. I convince myself that my assignments will be easy and to just do them at a later time. But in reality, I just cost myself hours of homework and studying. That 's why I want procrastinate less so I can get more things done and I 'll have time to do things outside of school.
The purpose of this letter is to introducing my portfolio and how I have improved my writing skills particularly in different genres during this semester. Also, I realized that writing is a challenge for me, particularly when I do not like writing or I do not think of myself as a good writer. However, I need to face challenges and through my academic program I can learn how to write better based on some strategies that you have already taught me. This semester I have applied some strategies as guidelines including prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. Also, I have improved my writing skills through reading and analyzing different reliable articles, textbooks, and documents that were required for various assignments.
Taking this course has helped me mold my writing skills in the proper way that is vital for achieving my future goals. This class helped me change my writing style. I have a habit of making my writing very personable. When I’m reading a story, I love being able to feel emotion through the words but what I realized is that not everything that is written is a story. That is something I never considered before.
At the end of this course, I expect to write faster during a timed based assignment as one of my goals. By accomplishing this certain goal, it can help me for my future exams for writing. Before finishing this course, I want to be able to learn how to research things online and in the library. Every Time I am in the library I do not even know how to look for a book with it having so many
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.