College Level Writing Essays

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College introduces students to academic challenges that are not typically presented during high school. Perhaps the most stressful academic task that students are faced with in this new environment is writing a successful college level essay. At first, these papers may appear to be similar to high school level essays. As a matter of fact, the techniques used for high school writing assignments are not of the same caliber as those required for college. Students need to improve upon several writing skills in order to achieve success on these more elaborate essays. With higher standards in place, students will find that effective writers need to have a mastery of the content, the ability to analyze and use evidentiary support, a firm grasp of …show more content…
After comparing some of my papers from freshman year of college to those from my sophomore year, I cannot help but laugh at the tremendous improvements that I have made in my writing. Last year, my objectives for writing were to impress my professors and to receive grades of “A” on each essay that I wrote. Although these objectives still apply to my current writing, I have additional objectives that have taken priority over those two. Now, I try to write honestly without over achieving. If my essay is based on another written piece such as a book or an article, I spend more time familiarizing myself with the material before writing my essay than I have in the past. Another improvement that I have made as a writer is the desire to edit my papers until I believe that they are error-free. Last year, I would simply read through my essays once or twice to check for spelling errors without paying attention to grammar or mechanics. I have since come to realize that this is unacceptable. Judging by my work ethic and attitude toward writing, it is clear that my literacy development has come a very long way over a short period of time. My strongest essays are miles ahead of my weaker essays. I have become a better writer and as a result, a more confident student.
After reviewing all of my essays from my collegiate career, I selected one essay that I believe stands out as the weakest paper that I have written so far. It is clear that I was trying too hard to sound

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