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
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.
In both of my oral presentations I felt very nervous and quiet, this can always be improved with more practice. Peer reviewing helped a lot even if it was talking about my writings with other people. Visually Instead of having all my notes and what I was going to say on the power points, I started to cut down on the flood of words on each slide and started using note cards. Electronically I have learned how to format my writing as a tool for communication on websites and to help gather resources to help in writing essays. Out of WOVE I struggled the most with my oral presentation.
While writing this paper I learned how to self-correct mistakes that I would make a lot throughout my paper. One of my biggest writing errors that I have now learned to fix is comma splice errors, which is when I incorrectly connected my sentences with only a comma. This paper also made me realize that in the first draft you can forget a lot of details that you think you put in. Then when spending the time to revise you can make your paper more engaging to the audience by adding the missed details. When finished with this paper it made me realize that I need to work on my lead-ins and thesis at the beginning of my paper to grab the reader and tried to improve this with each of my papers that followed.
One thing I notice is that the comments remind me the errors that I have overlooked. It is always good for me to know what other students see in my writing and help me fix it. I think the habit that hinders my writing is when I write too much or
I tried to take thorough notes and ask questions when I struggled. I have learned to analyze everything I read in a beneficial way that helps me grasp the story and see it’s full meaning. I mentally ask myself questions while reading and try to find every perspective. Furthermore, I learned multiple crucial life lessons that will benefit me as I mature. For example, “Less is more”(Jane Sullivan).
The structure of coursework improved my writing skills. In one experience, my peer editing session explained that my childhood story showed a simple and clear writing style, but it wasn’t concise. This feedback forced me to evaluate my story and see in what ways it could be concise along with other writing tools that I incorporated. I realized from the experience that this was the first time I focused purely on improving my writing skills rather than understanding the course content. The course enabled me to confront my weaknesses in writing that I couldn’t in other academic classes.
This semester has been an ongoing challenge for me but has been an enjoyable one and I have not been presented with any impossible tasks. I have never been much of a writer, and during the course of this semester, I 've struggled to meet length requirements on the assigned essays. However, I do understand that not everyone is an excellent writer or even has to enjoy writing to get a good grade in this 1A class. From the start, with the first essay, I pushed myself to do my best and looked to multiple outlets to polish my writing, such as the online tutor, the writing center, the internet and the writer 's handbook. Additionally, I now see where I can make improvements in my writing to become a more refined college level writer and use what I learn here to help me with various degrees of my life outside of the classroom.
In addition, I started to read the biography of the singer and comments from the singer’s friend to find evidence and information that can be used in my essay. After this simple but because of my topic so it becomes complicated assignment, I believe I learned how to effectively locate, interpret, and evaluate evidence in order to support my idea. In addition, writing assignments are not the only way I learn from the class. The professor also teach the students different types of logical fallacies, inductive and deductive patterns to be use while composing our essay. Overall I believe English 2 is a really effective class.
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.
PART A: My writing process and the process described by the authors are the same in many ways. Just like the book I carefully read the assignment to make sure I understand what I’m supposed to do. Then I try to come up with a topic that I want to write about. I also like to brainstorm ideas and from there I start writing. The difference between our processes is that I don’t do as many of writing process that they describe like looping, drawing, or clustering.
4.4 reflection 1. the workload is what I expected. What I wasn’t expecting was the amount of time I would need to set aside a week to study. 2. psychology is the class that demand the most amount of time out side of the class. I been able to complete all the homework outside of class, now I need to find the best way to study for the tests. 3. cutting my work schedule would be the only way I would have more time to
Even though it can be stressful to have to tell someone that their work isn 't correct, it can still be very beneficial to that person. After the first peer review I became more accepting to the idea of letting someone tell me what was wrong with my paper. I think it’s a great way to get another persons view on your paper. Along with peer reviews are revisions plans and they too can be beneficial because that gives the writer the opportunity to see their mistakes and correct them. On all my assignments I have used these tools and I have also visited the writing center on one of my assignments, which was very helpful.
As I have mentioned last week, English is one of my weakest subject in school, especially when assignment involved with writing. Most of the time, I usually have my wife edit and proofread my paper before I submit them; that’s only if I remember to ask her. Otherwise, I will end up proofreading and submitting my own paper. According to Carduner (2007), it is nearly impossible for someone to accurately proofread their own writing and be consistently successful because after working long and hard on a paper, one will find little to no grammatical errors. However, having someone proofread my paper helps me tremendously to become more effective and confident as a writer.
While in the planning phase, I took several days to research my topic. I believe that taking a long time to research and read materials about my topic helped me when it was time to write the paper, because I acquired so much knowledge about my topic. Also in the planning phase I developed my outline as well. Writing an outline was extremely helpful because whenever I was unsure of what to write next, I just looked back at my outline. The only thing I did not do during the writing process was use note cards.