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.
Writing 101 here at University of Maryland University College was a very challenging course for me. When I first started taking the quizzes I was like how am going to pass this class. Three quizzes where very hard for me. I was like how am I going to
Having writing as my weakest point makes my room for improvement greater and more achievable. Experiences and challenges allow myself to feel more determined in achieving the same level of success in writing as in other subjects. I have had many writing experiences in the past years, especially at this school alone. The best writing that I remember producing was last semester in my Humanities class. We were supposed to write a compare and contrast essay on the movie The Shawshank Redemption and the book Just Mercy.
At the time of writing this paper I am 23 years old. Through these last 5 years I have grown a lot and gained an outlook of what I want to do in life but I realize I'm not perfect, and I never will be. Even this summer I have dropped 2 classes but God willing and time management on my side, I will successfully take classes to finish out my Associate's Degree in the fall and spring. The correct amount of classes for me. Not how many the advisor thinks I should take, not too many due to people asking me when I will finish my degree, not in a rush.
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.
This was by far the most difficult challenge I faced in connecting with my students. While students became pretty eager to attend the FIG session throughout the semester, they were not as enthusiastic about doing things outside of the class. The first event I tried to organize was a study session in preparation for the first round of midterms. I chose a location that was very central to where many of them lived and on a day of the week that they said was best. Throughout the week, I constantly reminded them about the study group session, however, on the day of the event, I sadly only had two students attend.
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.
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.
My Writing Experience In previous courses, my writing skills have been mediocre or just enough to pass the class. Throughout the duration of this course, I have written a variety of papers using different techniques and skills. Previously I would write assuming that the only audience would be my instructor. This course has helped me realize that there are many steps and skills involved with writing a well-organized and easy to comprehend essay. My expectations coming into the course were high and remained high throughout the duration of the course.
As a student, I didn’t know how to write. My teacher used to tell me to write a composition about a subject, and to hand it in afterwards without any further instructions. Therefore, I labored to write the composition, even though I did not know, how I am supposed to write it. When I was in the psychometric course, I needed to decide on the content of the essay before the actual writing. It was difficult for me since one of my weaknesses in writing was to decide on the content before writing.
I am a better student because I have learned effective strategies and pondered over my future goals. I have learned a lot about myself as a reader and a writer. When I first began class, I tried to read the DRP test. I had forgotten everything about college vocabulary that was on the test since I left the university in 2013. I had not read any books in a few months until teacher recommend for me to take fifteen minutes to read
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. It is about different strategies students can use to revise their paper. She stated in her paper that for many students the idea of revision makes them uncomfortable and can lead to them not spending very much time working on it. She found that the students were never taught how to truly revise their essays (Sommers 380-382). After reading and
College Q&A Tega Orhorhoro Summary We conducted a two hour interview with three well rounded Wayne state students to learn about their experience in college and how they take on everyday challenges as a college student. Two out of our three interviewers are from the APEX program and have taken part in the summer bridge. We interviewed an English major who was also one of our tutor for writing class. They talk about what is like to work on campus as a freshman and how much it really takes out of your life. They go into very deep detail about how they deal with stress when you have a paper due because you will need to take your time and relax, classes are very hard for them too and about their social life because they want us to have a good understanding of who they are as people.
Before this class, I perceived myself as a poor writer. When someone has never been taught the proper way to write a paper, you struggle through college SOC 300 (Dr. Stephen Adair) and hoped to get more out of SOC 478 (Dr. Fumilayo Showers) as you attend classes. I never thought about the process that it took to write any paper before these classes. However, these two professors have been very inspirational toward my writing. They have taught me that structuring your paper is the key element to good writing.