Reflective Essay On English 101 Class

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At the beginning of the semester I did not expect to strengthen my writing skills because I thought that I was just taking an easy English 101 class. However, that was not the case because I learned how to write papers in ways that I never even thought of before. Everything that I learned improved my writing in the past significantly. In fact, I am currently at a point in my life where my writing has never been better. The three key elements that have enhanced my writing the most are the five-paragraph essay format, supporting every sentence with specific details, and incorporating Paper Rater’s comments as I revised my drafts. The five-paragraph format taught me the structure and organization that is needed within an essay. In the past I …show more content…
This has been the most crucial aspect of my writing in English 101 because I struggled with writing generalized sentences that needed valid information. I did not realize exactly what I was doing until my instructor made a comment on my Process Analysis paper that stated, “How do you know this? Distracted drivers act as if they…” For the first time I began to understand the difference between a vague sentence and a supported sentence, which influenced my writing to be more detailed than before English 101. I enjoyed writing the Process Analysis paper the most because it was a creative essay and it was my first experience with writing antitheses. I realized that it is crucial to provide supporting information in my writing so that my essays are credible instead of opinionated. By providing supporting evidence to sentences my writing no longer contained awkward bits of information, but rather straightforward and comprehensive …show more content…
I had never submitted my essays to an online reviewing source before English 101 and was worried at first how helpful the Paper Rater responses would be since it was online. Fortunately, the responses were extremely helpful because they gave me thorough comments on how I could improve my writing skills and exactly what I was doing wrong. For example, the Paper Rater comments on my Illustration Essay stated that I needed to “break up choppy sentence starters with some variety”. Before that I had no clue that I needed to include transition sentences in my writing and it was a vital tool that allowed my sentences to flow more smoothly. This realization caused me to like writing the Illustration Essay because I was able to understand what I was doing wrong. Overall submitting my essays the Paper Rater has led me to writing more coherent and powerful papers than in the past. In total the five-paragraph essay format, supporting details with valid information, and revising my essays with the Paper Rater responses has progressed my writing the most this semester. I hope to implement these important aspects of writing into the future courses I will take, especially English 102 because they are universal to writing an effective essay. I also hope that I learn new ways to further develop my writing skills in the future because I constantly strive to become

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