The next weakness I displayed in my writing was my grammar punctuation errors. This was common throughout my whole paper and it could have been prevented by simply going back and proofreading my work. The most common grammar mistakes in my writing were colon, comma, and quotation mark errors. Not including a common theme in my thesis statements was another weakness I showed through my writing. Making this mistake caused my thesis statements to become proficient and less sophisticated.
Attending this course made me realized I prefer writing articles than writing academic essays. I discovered my weaknesses that although I am good at writing, I often use too complex sentences by adding too many clauses, thus confusing readers. I lack knowledge on academic words, leading to improper use of vocabulary, and grammatical mistakes. My essay structure was very poor, as I failed to develop a coherent thesis, body, and conclusion. However, this course has also helped me to realize my strength as a writer.
Learning to read by Malcolm X is an autobiographical piece describing his self-education. Malcom describes being “Increasingly frustrated. At not being able to express what I(He) wanted to convey in letters.” This gave him the drive to learn to read and write during his time in Charlestown Prison, and Norfolk Prison. He started his self-education by reading books, piecing together the bits that he could understand using context to complete sentences he could not comprehend. The absence of words in his vocabulary struck him as his biggest setback and this led him to the conclusion that “the best thing I could do was get hold of a dictionary – to study, to learn some words.” Through the Norfolk Prison school Malcolm acquired a dictionary, along with some tablets and pencils.
The words “I” or “me” weren’t allowed in the essay, unless they were in quotes. I never wrote anything without writing my thoughts on the subject. Also, the language that is used in the book made it even harder for me to understand what was really going on in the novel, which made the essay harder for me to write. This was the first time writing an essay like this, so it was difficult to me for that reason. After writing the essay, my knowledge on my writing skills have increased.
I think it was either second or third grade when I got assigned my first book to read. This also came with a book report. Thinking to myself, “I wish I didn’t have to do this.” Graff had the same experience in my mind. We both weren’t motivated to read, just didn’t like doing it. Knowing I needed to good on this assignment I read the book and continued with doing the book report, I was not motivated all at to do it but I did it because I knew I needed to keep my good grades.
Throughout the duration of this class, I have been highly reflective on my work, but have failed to take into consideration past mistakes when developing new assignments. From the Personal Narrative Essay to the Destination Essay, common errors have take place amongst them all. Specifically, I have struggled to make the syntax of my essays less confusing and allow my explanations to be more detailed, but have always been successful in sharing interesting ideas with the audience. The first way that I have struggled to become more flexible and self-aware is by the lack of using correct syntax. Within almost every essay written during first semester, I came across multiple comments made by you that reflect my difficulty creating sentences
I believe that, in my type of writing, I am more prone to incorrectly using punctuation, because of my tendency to type what I see, as if I was saying it. I believe it especially so because of my lack of knowledge in certain punctuation; such as semicolons & ampersands. (Not to mention parentheses). But, once again, thanks to this class I will no longer make small mistake in my writing like those in the previous sentences. Each lesson is available to me, should I forget, and I have many examples and tests to assist me in the future.
Our first classwork was to write whatever comes up in our mind, which is simple. To my dismay, free writing was not as simple as it should be. After jotting down a few words, I had stopped writing, since the searching engine in my brain would not stop finding the best phrases, so that I can stuff my paragraph with impressive words. Consequently given these words I came up with, I had to connect them in sentences by making up stories.
There’s more freedom so I can also thing about what the author is trying to say or reveal to his or her readers. Why is the author trying to connect with them or is the author just informing them on something? I have made a great amount of progress from high school to now. My thoughts about writing have made a huge turn around for me; it has become more fun and interesting for me. I can see myself taking a few more writing courses in the
After reading the required readings from Cervantes’ Don Quixote, I found that the story did not compel me very much on its own, and the writing was dense and difficult to get through. Although I felt a similar problem reading Chabon’s Gentlemen of the Road, I found the story much more appealing, to the point where I could overcome my dislike for the style. Although there are many clever and witty parts in Cervantes’ novel, the story never interested me enough to push through the difficult diction; I continued reading because it was required for class. Also, the story irritated me because I felt that someone needed to truly intervene and stop this poor, mentally ill man from harming himself further. He ends up losing his ear to his endeavors
In my essays I would have all kinds of run on sentences and comma splice errors. I would be looking over my paper and I would not see any issues with how it was worded. When someone else would read it, they would get stuck on sentences and become confused. While reviewing my drafts for each essay, I started to get tougher on myself on each essay as the class progressed. I started to dig deeper before I would call the essay ready to turn in for the final draft.
Personally writing essays are just boring, and that makes it even harder to write a good one, it’s like pulling teeth. The more I write the better I am becoming at writing a great essay. Spelling and proper punctuation has always been a major issue in my writing. Failing to properly check my spelling and grammar sounds like common sense, but for some reason I sometimes forget to use spell check after writing and hit the send button
I take breaks which add more time to write a paper. My biggest problem is procrastination. I spend so much time thinking about ideas for a paper, and getting distracted that adds on more time writing. Another reason I hate writing papers is thinking about what to discuss while writing. I hate writing because I lose my strain of thought when it comes to writing a paper.
My goal is to improve writing at the English college level, so that I am able to communicate and write papers clearly for the college class 's requirement and for my future career. Writing is difficult for me because I am a deaf student at the TNCC College. ASL is different from English because it does not include articles, and words such as “is” and “be.” When I write, I have to learn to include all the words that I do not normally use in my native language. This makes it more challenging for me to express myself when writing a paper because the two languages do not match. In addition, I am in doubt about my Graphic Design major.
Amongst my writings, three major flaws stood out. The three major problems in my writing were my inability to cite my sources correctly, my poor use of vocabulary, and my constant use of run-on sentences. These three problems showed up repeatedly in my papers. With the help of my teacher, I have been able to learn from my mistakes. I can now take my new skills into future papers to prepare for college.