Importance Of Writing Strengths In Writing

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Going in to GSW 1100, I was unsure of my writing ability. My high school did not focus on writing as much as they did other aspects of English. After my first essay was returned, I had a better idea as to what my strengths and weaknesses were at the college level. I found myself exceling in some aspects of writing, but found myself struggling in others. As Dr. Burroughs would say, “No one is a perfect writer, there is always room for improvement.” I’ve encountered numerous obstacles during this course. As I encountered these obstacles, I found myself learning from them. Realizing my weaknesses gave me a sense of confidence that my portfolio is passing at the higher education level. I have learned how to analyze a potential source, learned different …show more content…
Throughout the course I have learned the benefits of revising my essays. Essay number one, was not graded. I looked over it, However, I did not spend much time focusing on my errors. When essay two was returned, I noticed I passed. Then our essays got longer. For example, those small errors I did not focus on in essay one and two back fired on me in essay three, which resulted in a no passing grade. But, I did revise essay three, which resulted in a passing grade. As I was drafting essay three, I thought I was on the right track. The small errors in a long essay can result in a no passing grade. As I was revising essay three, I looked over Dr. Burroughs notes, I did not only fix my essay, but also made sure I understood why I was fixing my essay. I wanted to make sure I understood the concept. I wanted to know what exactly I was doing wrong and I was determined to fix it. An article on Darmouth the author emphasizes the perks of revising your writing, “You learn to find the weaknesses in your writing. You may even discover patterns of error or habits of organization that are undermining your papers.” I was not completely rewriting my essay. I was reviewing, revising and learning from my mistakes. After returning my revised essay, Dr. Burroughs explained the notes to me, she broke it down and answered my questions which was very beneficial as I began drafting essay number four. For example, I …show more content…
In addition, there are mistakes that still arise in my essays. There are skills I will need to work on because it is obvious I lack in certain areas of writing. I do not believe I am a perfect writer. I believe that there are strong writers, but no one is a perfect writer. However, I believe that I have improved throughout the course. The essay I revised did result in a passing grade. In addition, essay four did result in an almost passing grade. I showed improvement from essay number three to essay number four. Overall, I feel as if I understand the errors more clearly and I have a better idea on how to fix those errors so they do not continue to re

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