I have always known that writing was not my strong point. Entering writing 101 in September I was very much afraid. I knew that the expectations would be very high for this course; thus it would be more difficult than any other writing class I had previously taken. At first writing was a nightmare for me, but thanks to the assistance from professor Smart and my tutors, I have improved drastically in my writing skills and, as a result I am now a better writer. During the course of four months, I have learned so much. There were a few bumps in the way throughout the semester, but I managed to overcome them. It is hard to believe that my journey in writing 101 is coming to an end. Through my hard work and dedication, this class has helped me to build confidence in my writing that will help me throughout my college life.
Writing can be very frustrating; laying your ideas out on paper so that others can grasp the concept you are trying to convey is a very difficult task. In Writing 101 I have learned how to formulate good theses that are arguable and also how to validate articles that have to do with my topic. The most important element of a paper is the thesis statement. It captures the reader's attention and tells them what the essay is about. Having a well-structured thesis along with evidence to support that thesis are the main ingredients to a well-written essay. I have also learned how important it is to research an author’s background to ensure their credibility. This is a very important step in writing because today we can find information on a topic, however, it is not valid. By researching the author, we can see if he or she is an expert in the area and so this would make his or her information more credible. There is a great amount of information on the Internet today, and as a student I have to be able to choose articles that are scholarly that will help to establish credibility in my writing. Professor Smart has also instilled in the class that very helpful in writing; it helps me to stick to the point I am arguing in my essay and also to be organized.
During the course of this semester, I have completed a total of three essays. These are three well-written essay that I have put my blood, sweat, and tears into. I say that these essays were well written because I followed the guidelines of my instructor, and they were all written in an academic language. In my essay entitled "The Importance of Nonverbal Communication", I had detailed paragraphs explaining the significance of nonverbal communication. I gave my point of view and also experts’ point of view on the subject. It is because of reasons like this why I gave myself a three in "Context of and purpose for writing."
With the help of my outlines, I was able to develop the content of my essays with ease. The outlines helped me tremendously because I incorporated information that was relevant to my topic in an organized fashion. An essay or research paper with a well...