Another observation I made after reviewing my graded essays was the lack of use, or placement of keywords throughout the paper. While I supported the points in the paper some of the words used lacked definition making the sentence sound a little awkward. Additionally, the common error that requires constant diligence from me when reviewing my papers is the comma splice. There has been at least one comma splice error in every paper I have written this semester. The errors are subsequently fewer per paper, but I still need to continue to work on grammar and
While the investigative and artistic made sense, I was surprised by social, specifically the characteristic of ‘highly verbal’, as I tend not to be. However, the social category is also called ‘The Helpers’, which I can associate with. The juxtaposition of the Investigative category’s ‘prefer to work independently with minimum supervision’ and the Social’s ‘prefer to work with others’ was ironic, but, oddly enough, I notice myself shifting between those two ends
Now things are changing. Schools are starting to adopt a block schedule, which is 3-4 periods a day and an hour and a half per period. Although the block schedule provides more time for students to complete their work, this type of scheduling does not truly benefit learning due to the issues students have when school is missed, retention problems, and students limited attention span. Admittedly, 90 minutes provides students an immense amount of time to complete their work to avoid homework; however, studies show many more problems arise due to absences under the block schedule rather than under the traditional schedule. Making up missed work is difficult enough as it is.
There were some assignments that I have done poorly on. For me as a writer the topic of the essay matters the most. I can’t motivate myself on a topic I don’t personally like, well I would just write something and get a grade which is still fine, can’t get everything I want in life. This semester there was only four writing assignments
“Students sometimes just cram the material instead of understanding the concepts thus affecting long term understanding of concepts” (Kumar). Another reason studying is inefficient is procrastination. When you procrastinate you’re not retaining much information needed to study. You don’t leave yourself much time to study, A survey conducted at Rajdhani Colleges shows, “Decline in average time spent by a college student in self study per week… majority of students spend less than 10 hours per week for self study” (Kumar). Just simply choosing the wrong environment impacts your studying abilities.
At first I started off taking 1 or 2 classes per semester, but outside interference had me gradually upping the classes. Between work, a lack of motivation due to not having any idea of what I wanted out of life carved out, and pressure from family, I found myself not prepared for these classes. This is what you will see as you look up and down my transcript and see W's and WF's. You will see the unachieved goals, the times I thought I was an angel, the times I dreamt of being perfect. At the time of writing this paper I am 23 years old.
Few classes are taught in this manner, which often makes it difficult to learn effectively. The majority of classes go through one concept at a time, and spend time ensuring that that one concept is mastered before moving on to the next. Learning like this leaves me bored, as the majority of the time I already understood the concept being taught. As a result of this, I often jump ahead in the textbook of whatever subject is being taught and end up reading and learning concepts that the professor does not cover for quite some time. I have found that this experience is less pronounced in college, as professors usually spend less class time on a single subject, relying on students studying at home, more so than mastering the concept in
Looking Back Looking back through my papers that I have written for Dual Comp. English III, I realized that I struggled greatly with the use of transition words. I had always used the same few in my papers for other classes and did not understand their importance. I learned that transition words can make a paper really good if used correctly, or really bad if they are non-existent. While writing for Dual Comp.
Although I feel that my speech had a strong structure, I do feel that my slides and I could have done more to make the presentation better. I think that I did not present enough information with slides or press the importance of the ones I did use enough. I also feel that I sped through my presentation too fast and should have tried harder to slow down so that my audience could follow along easier. I also had trouble with remembering what it is I needed to say once I stepped in front of the class, even after many practices rounds with my roommate and study group. This caused me to frequently look at my note cards, taking away from my eye contact and physical gestures.
Over the years, my progress in writing had decreased. When I was in school, I could write a decent essay and achieve less errors. But writing an essay now is a harder task to complete than before. Years ago, reading was interesting because it kept me hungry to learn more knowledge. But being out of school for nearly two years makes it difficult to write essays.