In my four years of high school I have taken advanced, honors, and two years of advanced placement English courses. High school has so far prepared me to write fluently and effectively, it has also primarily prepared me for the kind of writing that was required of me in this course. College-level writing is important to me because it has allowed me the chance to further my writing skills and knowledge of different genres of essays. Just this course alone has already taken my writing ability way beyond what I have accomplished at a high school level. College-level writing courses are important because they will teach me how to better convey thoughts, ideas, and facts in simple and clear language.
Writing has always been an issue but yet interesting subject of mine. As hard as I try and write essays, and papers I just can’t get the hang of writing. But after taking this class, I did learn different writing technique and improved my writing proficiency, material body of formatting, and how to uncovering and properly use sources. Through class exams, essays, and a research paper, I was able to learn new writing skills. Although I have learned a variety of things, my writing still needs improvement.
Grammar is the formation of any sentence, quote or paper. When I write I will re-read each section of my paper to make sure that it flows smoothly and that I have not missed a coma. Coma’s do me in each time. I will add them when they are not necessary and will not add them when I actually need one. Writing is a learning process.
This year I have learned to get ahead in my English work, so my essays will be perfect. I know I am slow typer so I make sure I get ahead, so I will not be behind on my English material. Students learn that they should not procrastinate because the students ' work will not be perfect. I have learned that I have to my best in English class because in order to get into a good collage people have to get good grades. This project has prepared for collage because I have learned time management skills.
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.
These changes made the essay make more sense and gave it better overall readability. One sentence that I changed in my opening paragraph was, “With my mind anxiously looking forward to the adventures to come in my military career, these stories of travel and adventure kept me going and wanting more.” As I read this now I see how it is very vague, and by elaborating on this one sentence it sets the tone of the rest of the paper and it allows the readers to understand the details of my relationship with literacy. The penultimate paragraph in my Literacy Narrative was meant to try and explain my relationship with literacy and how others may be able to use this same idea to have hope and to prepare themselves for situations they may encounter in the future. Again, I was very vague while trying to explain this to the readers. The changes I made were to not leave questions unanswered but to directly state the benefits that I personally gained from reading these books and how others may benefit from this type of reading as
When I first started Dual English Comp I was narrow-minded and stubborn. This course opened up my mind to English but also taught me how to write a successful college essay. Before this course I had no idea which kind of punctuation to use or when to put a comma before but or and. When I look back on my first paper I wrote for English Comp I can definitely see a difference between my first piece of work and one of my last essays I wrote and how much I have improved. My initial goal when I first came into this class was to get an A no matter what.
The components of my reflective writing portfolio parallel my developments as a writer who is more in tuned with herself—a creator. My revised essay was a piece that I wrote in my freshman English course. As I reread it for the first time in about two years, I was unclear as to what was the question or prompt that I was trying to address. That possibly speaks to a lack of clarity within my writing. However, while revising this piece, I was able to offer an extended, more evolved perspective; my goal was to better articulate to my audience the feelings that I possessed towards the subject.
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
I selected WRTG 101 because it was a required class towards my undergraduate degree. This is a class that I should have taken earlier in my pursuit of my degree; it would have been extremely beneficial to me with my writing assignments for other classes. Being a student of WRTG 101 employs me to use my critical thinking skills in conjunction to my writing skills. Prior to taking this class, I thought that my writing skills were above average; however this class has provided instruction and feedback that I needed improvement in several areas. Each Monday, I would log onto UMUC.com to read the Course Content/Alerts to see what the status of my progress.
When I thought about my essay I realized I never truly revised my essays, I just cleaned it up a little then turned it in. Making sure there is minimal grammar errors is important, because it will make it easier for the readers to understand the essay, just like the sentence and thesis errors. When I would review my drafts for each essay, I started to look harder for these errors with each essay as the class progressed. I started to find more and more errors that I know I would not have found in the beginning of this class. There is an article that helped me learn to truly revise my essays, the title is, “Revision Strategies of Student Writers”, it is by Nancy Sommers.
The leadership skill I used was to complete project effectively because I had to concentrate what I was writing about. The core value I used was Engaged Scholar because I asked for help from others to read over my essay to check if there was any grammar