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.
I never owned a laptop throughout highschool, so I always took notes on paper anyhow. My plan was to start typing notes in college, after LSC 101, I have decided to continue my practice of taking notes by hand. Remembering the material I learn is the most important thing in most classes. In addition to remembering material, I will learn to think critically in college. Critical thinking is like a muscle, you have to work it out over and over before it gets strong.
With my current drafting process, I write my entire essay, read what I have written and add a little bit more if something comes to mind. I came into English, with very poor writing techniques. One of the reasons that probably caused me to not get full grades on essays in school is because my first draft is what I would submit, rather than reviewing and editing it to improve it. Something I take great pride in is my grammar and spelling. Although I sometimes
Transitioning from high school to college can be overwhelming. Before English 1301, I did not worry about preparing for college. I quickly realized that my little background in writing essays was not enough for college courses. Writing is not just a skill that I will need for English classes. In college, I will have to use effective writing skills in all my classes to complete research papers, essay tests and communicate with professors.
Every time I type or write, I tend to miss out most of the punctuation in my paper. But however, I would love to learn from my weaknesses and turn them into my strengths. In conclusion, taking Advanced Writing class will help me improve the areas of my strengths and weaknesses that I need to focus on. I would like to receive a score above the twenties on the ACT, which is the national average. By being above the average, more of the colleges are most likely to accept me as their
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 the Bedford handbook. I also planned to read a lot and spending more time in composing my essays by going through multiple drafts.
ENC 1102 was a challenging course I had to overcome. As I was walking into class day by day, I learned and picked up something new each day. I considered myself a low-skilled writer, but after this class I can say I’ve improved my writing techniques tremendously. Although this class didn’t teach me everything I wished, this course did teach me how to research, how to write a thesis statement, and open/closed form essays, which I would carry throughout my career.
Prior to writing this paper, my expertise as a writer still appeared to be on a High School level; however, upon completion of this reflection paper I feel as if I have learned a completely new technique on how to write a paper. I have learned how to be patient with a paper and obey a certain type of writing process, rather than trying to gather all of the components for my paper at the last possible second. Through these innovative techniques and this new writing process this paper has exposed some of my greatest strengths as a writer; consequently, this paper has also uncovered some of my major weaknesses as a writer. Throughout my stretch of four years in High School, writing was always one of my biggest enemies, but what made this even worse was my lack of knowledge on how the writing process essentially worked.
This is important because most courses in college have writing in them. As the semester has progressed, I have slowly started to understand where I am with writing and where I need to improve. Revising my essays is a great way to learn from my mistakes. Although my writing is not great yet I am slowly improving
I look back at all the different forms I’ll be writing and how much advancement I’ve have come too. The way I was writing before and after has really upgraded. I would see my work before and after and now am really shocked to see how much I’ve changed. Starting from the very first days in the class doing pre-writing journals, then moving to bigger assignments like doing different essays like the Memoir and analyzing Rhetorical Analysis were a drastic change. Learning certain chapters and lessons my fellow classmates taught us really helped, for example learning
They have taught me that structuring your paper is the key element to good writing. Somehow, I have learned a great deal last semester, which was difficult but I will be able to put towards me up and coming writing intensive courses. The readings throughout those two classes have helped me to understand the dos and