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Date Created: 02/19/16
Acurra Bradley MWP3 As I have progressed throughout my first year of college, I have realized that essay form does not work for every paper that I write. In high school, I do not feel as though my teachers actually read papers I have written and given me the criticism that I need. It was very easy to go through high school and barely put in any effort when writing a paper because each teacher had about sixty to ninety students and they did not take the adequate amount of time necessary to truly grade our papers. I do not think they took it as serious as they should have. My literacy was challenged all courses I have taken at East Carolina University. For starters, reading the onion texts in English 1100 and writing about them was my ultimate challenge on how inexperienced I truly am with writing. I was alright with the summary part of the paper, well I thought, but it was not as simple as I expected. Onion texts are not meant to be taken literal, so as I am writing and summarizing I had trouble keeping that in mind and I only focused on taking everything as it was said. Analyzing the onion texts was horrible. I had a bad experience with this part and trying to keep everything altogether was not possible. I knew the comments were all sarcasm, but when it actually came to trying to explain what the comments meant, I could not stay on track. I feel it was fairly easy for me to brainstorm on how I would go about writing for major writing project one, but when it actually came to writing it, I was stuck. I realized I am only good at research papers and papers based on facts, because that is all I am used to writing about. When I actually tried to change my way of writing, I realized it was more of a challenge than I expected. I still do not think I grasped the actual concept of how to write a paper based off of summary and analysis, and it frustrates me. The missed days for English class also contributed to me not being able to correctly format my paper because it was not easy to ask for assistance. Also, with multiple people being confused in class, it made it more difficult to follow through with what we were actually supposed to do with our papers. Whenever I thought I knew how to grasp the concept of major writing project one, I would become more confused as a student asked about it after I caught on to how my professor tried to explain it. With my literacy overall, not just English 1100, I realized that it is not easy to only learn things taught in class. I never had to study for over an hour in high school to receive a good grade, but in order to earn a good grade in college, a minimum of two hours a day per course was necessary. This requires great time management and focus, which became something else I had to work on. Also, when I had to read, it was not just skimming over a book to understand the basis, but it was actually taking the time to retain the information I read. College is very difficult, and it challenges your way of learning. In my Intro to New Testament class, my professor actually reads our response papers, and on almost all of my papers I received a comment saying that I was not providing enough information. My professor said I had good ideas, but I did not go in depth enough about each topic. This pushed me to try to back up my points more, and required much effort. In classes such as sociology and psychology, reading was very important. Trying to read about something but not actually understand what was being taught was the gateway to failing. There was no way that you would be able to just know the definition of a theory or law but not know how to use that theory or law, because tests were based off example, not definition. Reading something was actually reading and learning it, and then applying it to a situation. I did not learn about this until about the middle of the course, after failing a test because I did not study, and this was the hard way. Psychology exams were a lot of applying theories and being able to determine which situation pertained to what, not only knowing the definitions of the theories. Now, I think the best way for me to learn something is to study more. Just reading about something and not trying to understand it is not going to do anything for me in the long run, especially as I progress through college. Also, economics took a lot of reading; the concepts are closely related, so when reading about the different topics, it was easy to get each of them mixed up. I had to learn to correctly categorize each type of business, and this was the hardest thing for me. Although health is a basic class that should not take much effort, it truly does. Things learned in health are common sense, but if you do not know how to effectively apply and describe things learned, it does not do you any good. Actually knowing statistics for different things and knowing the steps in avoiding bad situations takes a lot of focus and the only way to learn these correctly was reading my health book and writing the correct responses to the online assignments. All in all, my whole concept of literacy was challenged throughout my first year of college. Not only did I experience difficulty with reading, but I also experienced difficulty with writing. I now know that procrastinating to complete tasks does not help because only knowing how to do the basics of anything does not make the job any easier. Writing papers is now something I know I have to work on because it may have worked for high school English, but there are more concepts to grasp when trying to achieve a good grade in college English. Also, my reading is only useful if I actually know what the text is saying and can recall my information correctly. With writing, I should try to focus more on what type of writing I will be doing and then try to base my format off of the topic. Now that I know essay form is not always the way to write a paper, it gives me the opportunity to learn different ways of writing, and if I have to go to the writing center, then so be it.
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