As I look back on my English 101 experience, I have concluded that I have learned many new things and techniques that have improved my abilities as a writer and improved the way I approach an essay. I learned all about the rhetorical appeals and how to apply them in my writing and how to look for them in an essay written by an author. I have also learned how to argue both sides of an argument, and how to look for reliable sources and to properly quote and cite the author of the essay. I feel as if I have become a better writer and my improved writing skills are shown within each essay.
When I first signed up for English 101 at SOAR, I thought it was more of a reading and comprehension class instead of a writing class. On August 19, the first day of class, I learned that this class was opposite of what I thought and it made me super nervous. I never had to write so many lengthy essays in a short amount of time. When I first enter the class, I saw myself as a writer that needed a lot of work. I knew my writing needed work because of my high school English teachers, they once told me that my writing needed some improvement and was not college material. This statement became a reality once I received my first essay grade and feedback from my professor. I was still stuck in the high school mindset of the five paragraphs, and was unsure how to write a clear thesis statement. For example, in my first essay I had no clear thesis because I was only briefly taught how to write one my senior year of high school. I had no idea of what I was going to do or how I was going to even manage to pass this class.
Throughout the semester, I learned about all the different resources offered here around campus. The biggest resource that gave me some hope and made me feel a little more confident in writing abilities and ability to pass this class was the writing center. I believe this resource helped me improve my writing skills because my grades on my essays have went up a great deal from my first essay. The writing center has also helped me change my perception of myself as a writer. I now see myself as a writer who has learned new techniques to help improve my writing including style, word choice and the revision process. Even though I see myself as an improved writer, I still believe I have plenty of room for improvement.
When I first started English 101, I saw myself as having a few good strengths and a lot of weaknesses as a writer. Some of my strengths included being able to write a good introduction minus the thesis part. I also saw myself as knowing how to write a good conclusion that summarized what I talked about in my essay and being able to understand a article or essay by knowing what the author was talking about. Some of the improvements I saw in my writing throughout the semester is learning how to write an essay where I can communicate with the audience with my own personal voice. I also feel I improved on knowing how to properly include quotes...