Essay about What I Have Learned in My English Writing Class
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I have learned many things throughout the course of the term, including such things as: how to write an essay and how to improve on essays that I have already written, how to locate and composite better research through the use of numerous resources found at the campus library, the internet, and the “Common Sense” textbook, how to cite research, examples, and quotations properly within the contents of my research paper as well as document it accurately according to MLA standards. Through the exploration of the “Subjects and Strategies” textbook, I have learned nine different methods used when writing an effective essay and how the different writing styles affect the overall theme and tone of the essay when used properly. This past…show more content…
This allowed me to write more extensively on the topic I had chosen which in turn helped expand the size of my research paper. I received a B on my final draft; the first passing grade I have ever received on a research paper. I am very satisfied with my grade.
When it came to the essays writing became a little trickier because I had to understand what it was I needed to write about and the style in which I need to write it in. There are nine essay writing methods which I learned while attending this course: exemplification, compare/contrast, cause and effect, proposal, narration, process, division/classification, definition, and argument. The only problems I encountered when trying to write the essays that were assigned to me by the instructor was finding suitable subject matter to write about. Once I found my topics for my essay, everything else became easier. I would first produce a rough draft and then the students, the instructor, and myself would go over them in class and decided if what I was writing was in its best form. Most of my rough drafts needed improvement, but if it didn’t it wouldn’t be a rough draft, so it was understood. My final drafts were very satisfying for me as well as the grades I received on them.
For my exemplification essay I chose to write about the reasons why condoms
In my last year at college, I never expected to learn more than what my classes had to offer. But even though this semester is just half done, I feel I’ve learned a lot–about myself, about life, about class, about college in general. Every semester has something new to offer, and this first semester of my last year as a college student has started off teaching me so much. Here’s some of what I’ve learned about myself.
I’m ready to graduate.
While grad school (aka avoiding the real world) sounded intriguing for a while, senioritis really got the best of me this year. Even halfway through the semester, I know without a doubt I’ll be graduating this year, and boy is that a relief! No more homework–sounds like heaven. This realization has colored many things in a new light.
I still hate group projects.
Okay, no matter how much I want to focus in class and on homework, I will never be okay with group projects. Just. Ugh.
I perform better when I dress for success.
I spent about 90 percent of class last year in sweats, and I was really okay with that. It is important to be comfortable. This semester, I’ve also learned that I can pay more attention and command more respect by dressing up just a tad–even a cute shirt and jeans will make me feel a lot better about the image I’m projecting. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my sweats days (or weeks…), but I’d say it’s more like 75 percent dress and 25 percent sweats.
I can get more out of class
–If I do the homework. Wow, have I hated homework in the past. Taking a bunch of classes heavy on the writing had me worried this semester, but knowing I’m going to graduate has me prepared to do the work this semester.
I do better in class when I focus outside of class.
Even though I’m more accepting and focused on homework, there are still only so many hours in a day–so much I can do. Although I wanted to make more money this semester, it was worth it to stop working so much so I could really focus on my last semesters here on campus. It has been great to focus on just being a student!
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I actually benefited from using my school planner.
I have never, ever been one to use a planner. I always relied on the syllabus for homework, which has caused me to miss deadlines, forget homework, and one time I even got a surprise test because the prof didn’t mention it in class–just on the syllabus. This semester I decided to use the planner (part of the whole “focusing” thing) and write all my homework down. Surprise! It actually works.
It’s okay to redefine my expectations.
Just because I can focus more doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be in class 100% of the time, always alert, always getting A’s. I still need my relaxation days, my skip assignments, at least SOME times. And yes, having to write a paper in a group really bummed me out for a week. Getting burnt out is a real problem when you have a heavy course load–I accept that, take my time to relax and recharge, and get back in the game.
It’s never too late to make new friends.
New classes always come with new friends. I personally joined a bowling league with some people I didn’t know that well and have since become good friends with. Even in my final year, I know I’m still going to value the new friendships I make.
What have you learned about yourself this semester? Let us know in the comments!
Hannah Bassett is a senior English Language and Lit/Professional Writing Major at the University of Northern Iowa. She enjoys high tech libraries, hefty paperbacks, and a good burrito. Tweet her @HannahRose_42 about books, video games, space, or anything under the sun.
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Hannah Bassett is a senior at the University of Northern Iowa. She loves all things entertainment--books, movies, video games, music, and more. While she attends university for a degree in English Lang&Lit and Professional Writing, she spends her time being crafty, cooking, and learning new ways to be frugal.