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.
Throughout the entire semester, I have written essays that have been edited many times and reviewed by my instructor. My writing has grown stronger through each paper because I have been able to expand my knowledge of writing and the skills that I have to use. The portfolio that I am putting together should be a clearly passing portfolio. My writing skills have developed to make me the strong writer that I am today and to prepare me for my writing in the future. In many of my papers I used great research techniques like, BGSU Summon and Google Scholar to find my sources and the information that I was going to use in my papers.
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.
We all make mistakes, and most of the time we learn from them. From my Preliminary Writing Assignment to my Paper One, I have made numerous improvements in my writing but also many mistakes. Coming into College Writing One, I did not have papers to write to improve my skills in my upcoming years in college. Within the two papers I have written, I have expanded my word selection for more detailed paper, reduced fragments, and reorganized my thesis method for a better outcome. I came into this class thinking it was going to be just like high school.
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.
I chose to write only a 3-A paper and learned a great deal about writing a proposal to help solve or raise awareness for an issue. I found this paper to me more difficult to find a topic to write about since it wasn’t based on myself or a memory. My struggle to find a topic made me realize that not all papers will be easy when you have limited instruction on what it should be about. Since the paper was so opened we had to come up with our own questions, concerns, or objections the audience may have on our proposal topic. In the proposal, I also learned how clear you must be for your audience so that all their concerns are addressed since they may not be aware of the problem you are
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
My greatest strength relies on my adaptability, as I create solutions to novel problems through repurposing the resources that I possess. Within class, the prime example of this strength lies in the reading analysis essays throughout the year, specifically with the one concerning Pudd'nhead Wilson, as while I read the book, I marked the pages with the most significant quotes relating to character analysis or central message. In writing the essay for Pudd'nhead Wilson, the prompt required an essay supporting, refuting, or qualifying that "social justice breeds irony." With my marked pages, I could quickly access the most important quotes from the book, and my adaptability allowed me to connect the examples of character motivations and the work's
In the past, many problems prevented me from writing excellent papers. Throughout my years of writing in school, the papers I have written for this class have challenged me the most. In the beginning of the semester, I did not fully understand how much time and effort I needed to put forth to write a college essay. My past English classes did not prepare me for writing college-level essays, nor teach me the proper way in which to write the papers. The essays I have written this semester have improved immensely thanks to the feedback from both Mrs. Menetre and Mrs. Fleming.
Back in high school, my writing mostly committed of timed exams and practice for International Baccalaureate exams so my grammar and organizing did not matter as much as the content and speed of my work. Therefore, I had to learn new types of writing techniques and become more careful and aware of my work. In some ways, I had to reinvent myself as a writer. The course made me analyze pieces and develop my own argument which is very different from content memorization that I did in high school. I think my growth is very evident in my final paper.