English III, I learned new transition words, how to use transition words, and how to add them into my papers to make them more effective. In the first paper I wrote for Dual Comp. English III, I had some difficulty with transitions. I was not sure how to add in a transition word to make my writing flow together and where I did decide to add transitions in my paper, they would be the same one, which made my paper sound repetitive. In the first essay I wrote called, “Helping Others While Helping Yourself” I struggled with my transitions greatly.
The first essay in my portfolio is the “Non-Academic Discourse” essay. This essay was very hard for me to write because I don't have many communities outside of school so I really had to think about what I should write about. When I was writing this paper I was really trying to focus on my punctuation which has been probably the hardest thing for me to understand in English. After writing this essay, I learned that I really need to focus on many things in my writing such as my transition, punctuation, and format.
My expectations coming into the course were high and remained high throughout the duration of the course. The essays I wrote in the class really challenged me to progress in my writing skills. The illustration essay really served as an example of what not to do when writing at a college level. My approach of the essay was really misunderstood and grammatically incorrect.
In the Summer Reading Essay, there are areas that were done well, as well as areas that need improvement. After receiving the prompt for this essay, I hurried to the books to find textual evidence. Looking back at my decisions now, I believe that I should have spent more time brainstorming the essay so that I would not be stuck in the middle of the essay, not knowing what to write. Because I used up so much time writing my essay, I had little time to edit and revise my essay thoroughly. I was only able to skim through it, leaving numerous amounts of errors in my essay.
Throughout my education, writing strategies persisted to be a challenge for me. I dreaded writing because I could never find ways to transition my thoughts from my mind to the paper. Ironically, a class that petrified me due to the amount of required writing ended up helping me in numerous ways. English 1301 and my professor prepared me for college and real life by giving me a foundation of effective learning strategies.
It could take me hours to do this. Therefore, most of the time, I dealt with this by running away from the decision and just writing freely. This course taught me the process of writing, which as it was written in the article is it divided to three main stages: prewriting, writing and revising. Before rushing to the actual writing, there was the first stage, prewriting.
Before coming into VU Composition, I was in AP Language/Composition. At the end of AP Language, I felt that I had strayed away from who I was as a writer because of the timed writing atmosphere. I was often worried about finishing the essay rather than the details and the overall content. After completing this semester of VU Composition, I definitely feel that I have returned to my writing abilities prior to AP Language and have been able to better understand the grammar concepts that go in to writing a well-rounded essay. Overall, I have definitely seen improvement from my Literary Narrative Essay to my argument essay.
At the beginning of the school semester I did not think I was going to learn anything new or improve any part of my writing process. I assumed it was just going to be another class for me to drudge through as part of my degree program requirements. I soon discovered there is more involved in creating a well written paper than just putting words in print. Initially I was both surprised and disappointed in myself for turning in the Process Analysis Essay with a misspelled word in it. Furthermore, during the instructor’s critique of my essay, Ms. Flynn stated the paper “Needs more focus on a particular audience”, and more audience engagement.
A semester have passed in a blink of our eyes and we are heading toward the end. Therefore, it is time to reflect upon my writing skills. Earlier in the semester, I aimed for an A in this class and I also wish to become a more efficient writer. In order to do so, I planned to use a lot of the available resources such as the writing lab, Learning Curve, and
She stated in her paper that for many students the idea of revision makes them uncomfortable and can lead to them not spending very much time working on it. She found that the students were never taught how to truly revise their essays (Sommers 380-382). After reading and
My goal is to improve writing at the English college level, so that I am able to communicate and write papers clearly for the college class 's requirement and for my future career. Writing is difficult for me because I am a deaf student at the TNCC College. ASL is different from English because it does not include articles, and words such as “is” and “be.” When I write, I have to learn to include all the words that I do not normally use in my native language. This makes it more challenging for me to express myself when writing a paper because the two languages do not match.
Throughout my high school career, I never truly understood how to write a successful essay. I always just slapped random information down on a piece of paper and turned it in hoping for the best grade possible. By taking dual credit english, I have learned that organization is key to writing a successful paper. In order to have a good structure, one must start off with a powerful thesis. The thesis is the main sentence of an essay.
During my freshman year at Lakeridge High School I have learned so much information in so little time, I cannot believe how much I have grown as a person and as a student. In my Freshman English class, I have grown and expanded my knowledge of what I had barely known before. Coming from the Portland Public School District, I had not learned as much as the other kids coming in from Lakeridge Junior High. This was a major challenge for me in every class, especially English. First semester was extremely rough for me because I had to catch up on what everyone had already known for years; however, over time I have learned to develop my thoughts and look at different aspects of and see a situation through different perspectives.