This semester I learned many new things in my English 1301 class. I took this class last year but I had to drop it because I didn’t have a professor explaining the work to me. And I really didn’t understand what I was doing. At first, I was scared to take this class. During my high school years I wasn’t that good of a writer. I thought this composition class was going to be hard since I sometimes thought it was hard in high school. My writing experience was good and sometimes bad. This semester in the composition class I had many writing strengths and weaknesses. These strengths and weaknesses is what helped me learn the errors I was making while writing essays this semester.
My first writing weakness was deciding what to write about. I had to read the essay topic over and over again to understand what it was asking for. I would worry that I wouldn’t understand the topic correctly. While writing the essay I was scared to get out of topic and write about something else I wasn’t supposed to write about. Another thing that would happen to me was that suddenly my mind would go blank and wouldn’t be able to think about what else I could write about. The essay I liked writing the most this semester was the second essay. I enjoyed making my own planet and how my alien had a quest with all the commercials I saw on the TV. The hardest essay I wrote this semester was the fourth and last essay. I got confused when I was writing the body paragraphs. This writing weakness impacted my life by showing me that I have trouble thinking about how I could write my essays. I think I should start reading books and maybe I could get a few ideas out of those books.
Another weakness I had was the run on and comma splice errors. I had this problem because I couldn’t figure out which one was the dependent and independent clause. I always had many comma splices in my essay because I would always add commas were I wasn’t suppose to have a comma. Sometimes I would just read a sentence and if I didn’t like how it sounded I would just add a comma. I would also create fused sentences. The reason this would happen was because I was so worried of making a comma splice error. I printed out a copy of the power point, so next semester when I take Composition II I could go back and read them so I won’t make the same mistakes I made this semester. This weakness impacted my essay writing because these errors were the ones I had the most in the essays I wrote this semester. Next time I write essays like these I will pay more attention to my writing so I won’t make the same mistakes I made here.
The third weakness I had was the trouble with the commonly confused words. On my first essay I used allot of wrong words. The words that I got confused most of the time was there and their. The truth was that I would just take a guess on which word to put on the sentence. Sometimes my guess was correct but other times I was wrong. It wasn’t until we had a lesson over all the commonly confused...