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self assesment : attitude towards writing

mcolome 1 / -  
Aug 11, 2010   #1
instuctions: Discuss your attitude towards writing in general and what you believe to have been your biggest struggles prior to taking English Fundamentals II. Then, explain what you feel that you learned in this class that you will take with you into your professional life and other college courses.

My attitude towards writing was not a positive one. I was not confident with my writing ability especially when I had an abundant amount of papers, essays, or any other writing assignments to do. I had been like this I believe since my freshman year of high school. I had felt that I would never be able to understand all the rules for writing with what punctuations to use when or what type of sentences are these. All this made me feel all types of emotions. I was scared I wouldn't be able to write a decent paper that fully expressed the thoughts and ideas I wanted to get through with correct grammar. I also was scared that I wouldn't meet the expectations of the professor therefore not receive a decent grade.. This just over all had made me scared of failing. Another emotion I felt was being overwhelmed, I was overwhelmed when I had due dates for essays and no matter how much I tried to get it started I kept staring at a paper with nothing but my name which in turn made me nervous.

But now after English Fundamentals I feel a lot of that has changed. I feel that I was given the skills and material needed to succeed with writing. Skills in grammar such as making subjects and verbs agree, combining sentences, correcting capitalization and punctuations, correcting fragments and run-ons, choosing correct pronouns in each sentence and the list goes on. As long as I keep applying all the skills I've learned and practicing them, my paper will portray fully what I want to express. Which that in turn will completely boost my confidence in writing. With this confidence and skills my future college courses as well as my professional life now and in the future will gain from it.

lele21078 1 / 1  
Aug 11, 2010   #2
"I believe" should be omitted in the third sentence.
EF_Kevin 8 / 13,335 129  
Aug 13, 2010   #3
I think I agree, but what else do you have to say about this essay? Surely you have more insight to contribute.

You can use a semi-colon here:
Another emotion I felt was being overwhelmed; I was overwhelmed when I had due ...

You do seem to write quite well, so i don't know why you lacked confidence. Maybe you just have very high standards. This last sentence has no mistakes, but it is confusing. I think it could be revised:

With this confidence and skill, my future college courses as well as my professional life now and in the future will be more successful.

Another important thing to help with your writing, now that you took this class.
One essay = one big idea
One paragraph = one small idea

Each paragraph begins with a topic sentence. So, a 5 paragraph essay has one main idea expressed in the intro and conclusion, and it has 3 sub-ideas (expressed in the first sentence of each body paragraph).

Doesn't that make writing easy? You can write a 500 word essay based on a single idea that can be explaine with reference to 3 other little ideas.

So, if you need to write a 500 word paper, start by writing the first sentence of each body paragraph. After that, it'll be easy to add more sentences of explanation, example, etc. But EACH paragaph should be about one idea which is expressed int he first sentence.

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