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Caruso English 1102 30 April 2012 Final Reflection As I look back at the work I have completed throughout this class I can say that I feel completely confident in how far I have come as a writer. In my intro letter I state that I feel as if I am always dragging my papers out and they do not have any flow. Through our papers and revisions this semester I have understood how my writing works and how to correct the problems that I have had in the past. Procrastination is another task I have overcome this semester. I did procrastinate for majority of the semester but after the one on one conference I started to buckle down. I then started getting assignments done way before the due date, which took a lot of stress off of me. Hopefully I can use this skill in my future and all of my other classes as well. In addition to improving on my writing, I have also improved tremendously on my peer review. On our first peer review I felt confident in one of my partners papers but not the others. I learned that even if I could not relate to the topic that I need to give the writer ideas of how to explain the topic or make it more intriguing. Therefore, when the second session of peer review came around I was more than ready to participate. I set a goal and thought about what I would want on my paper and stuck to it. I went from correcting spelling and grammar to introducing new ideas, asking for explanations, and providing my honest opinion.
Jolley 2 When looking back on my major works in my concept board such as my historical inquiry paper and final proposal I have a since of accomplishment. I have learned how to put my ideas on paper and was happy with my work, but I also have progressed far in my revisions. In the past I have strictly went through the comments on my paper and made changes in only those aspects. While this semester I actually revised my paper as a whole. I learned how to grasp a concept and correct it throughout the paper. Having done these revisions I am now confident if I am ever approached with more papers throughout my college career. Throughout the course there were many assignments given and I have been strong in some areas while weak in others. One of my biggest weaknesses seems to be the clarity of my papers. I often have tons of ideas and information in my work it just isn’t always presented in the best ways, which tends to make my papers sound choppy. On
the other hand, I have strengths as well. I am strong in my peer review. Being strong in this section is beneficial to me because when I am giving a partner feedback I can use that advice and apply it to my own work. Also, I have a strong understanding of my ideas and research a lot of information. This is to my advantage as I have many sources to work with until my weakness comes into play. If I could just perfect that weakness and apply my strengths I would be on the perfect path. I feel like the revision aspect of this course has been the most important for my future. Through revising I learn how to see and correct my mistakes and that is a skill that I can take with me to all of my future classes. I have been open minded for this class even though there have been times I wanted to just give up. My expectations of the course remained the same as far as what I expected from the curriculum, but not from
Jolley 3 myself. I the course progressed I began expecting more out of myself because I knew what the course required to succeed. Overall I have discovered who I am as a writer and as a student. I know my potential and how to push myself to reach it. This class has taught me that you have to work hard for what you receive and in the end it will pay off. I am proud to say that I feel confidently accomplished at the completing of English 1102.