The Good and the Bad

At the beginning of the semester, I was more diligent about reading the books we were assigned. I completely read The Shallows and Smarter Than You Think. This is evident because my grades on book assessments got slightly lower as the semester went on. One of the things that helped fuel my success in English class is getting other people to read my essays. I rarely had people proofread my work simply because I was afraid of what they would think of my writing. I was forced to disregard my fears and ask people to edit my work due to my struggle with rhetorical analysis. 

I feel that I am lacking behind in my timed writing. I have a challenging time identifying a purpose and writing coherent thought in the short time period we have for timed writing. The reason for my continued stumbles is mostly because of my failure to practice and see where I can improve. I also gained the bad habit of sparknoting sections of the assigned readings for class. The only reason is because I ran out of time. Either from doing other tasks or using my time wastefully.

I plan to work my faults for next semester to become more studious. I have already begun reading the next book we are discussing, The Great Gatsby. Additionally, I intend to crank out a timed writing during the weekends when I have sufficient amount of time to do so along with my other duties.


One thought on “The Good and the Bad

  1. I think your realization of the benefits of proofreading is a great one. I think everyone has this problem, no matter how good they are. I know I do (and I’m nowhere even close to being good). It’s hard to be vulnerable and show your work to someone else who could possibly rip it to shreds at any time. I also have the same problems with timed writings. I never really know what to fix in each timed writing, so I don’t know if I’m actually improving or not? Which is kind of bad, actually… but I would talk to Lindner about the timed writings after you get them back — I think I’m going to try that.


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