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.
Although at the time I thought this added important evidence, now I see that most of it was unnecessary and distracted from the point I was trying to make. I think writing and revising this essay taught me a lot about making claims and providing sufficient evidence to support them. After making these changes, I think the analysis is more focused and condensed than it was originally.
Adapting the sentences to active voice helped, but they still needed words trimmed to be as concise as possible without losing meaning. The first sentence of the third paragraph was too wordy, so I split it into two sentences and condensed them. Then I searched for any phrases I could prune words from. The word “downsize” replaced “cut down on their” in the second paragraph, and I reworked the boilerplate to make it more concise. I also removed the words “thank” in the second paragraph and “supporting the school” in the quote.
Questions were ranked as easy, medium, and hard based on the order in which they were administered (both the tests that were used order questions by difficulty) and adjusted this by how many questions individual participants ended up answering (these tests had ceilings, so after a certain number of wrong answers in a row, the test would terminate). Researchers found that all levels of difficulty showed more correct answers for cognates, but that the medium and hard words showed the largest cognate advantage. This supports that there is a cognate advantage for Spanish-speaking ELL students and that it can be particularly useful with more difficult English vocabulary questions. However, only 60% of students on the PPVT III and 83% on the EOWPVT exhibited this advantage, indicating that it does not appear uniformly in all Spanish-speaking ELL
I attempted to explain the word in sign language at first, but this caused even more confusion. This was also the case for if we both did not know the sign, such as “lawyer” and “requirement.” Although there were difficulties in communication at times, I felt much less anxiety signing than in ASL I. It was interesting to sign with an ASL II student because it was a comparative way to see how much I have grown. I am nowhere near fluent, but I have certainly
I learned much more about APA format than I thought I would such as in-text citations. I did not know in-text citations were so important until I took this class. It was great to understand the different types of plagiarism and different techniques to avoid plagiarizing. My weakest writing assets would have to be coming up with a great introduction and building my body so it runs smoothly. I had and am having trouble with
Before, I would rarely mention anything interesting in my analysis. In fact, my analysis wasn’t even analyzing anything about the quote but how the quote proved a certain situation. This meant that my analysis was very weak and not developed. Now, looking at my quotation journals, my analysis are more content focused and more developed than
At the start of the third quarter, I read a book called Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot. This book’s content was easily comprehendible and I did not have to focus very much. Even though it was an easy read, this book was not one that I really liked. This was a good thing for me because it made me push through the material even though I did not
I was not able to edit a paragraph for mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and spelling. I also had a problem in balancing the words in a pair, so that they have the same kind of structure, this will make a sentence clearly and easy to read. Parallel sentences that follow read more smoothly than the nonparallel ones. I have a great problem putting matching words and ideas into matching structures. Some of my sentences were fragments with incomplete phrases.
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