Hyde 1Ashley HydeJessica FrogleyEnglish 201011 December 2011Final Reflection Essay English 2010 at the Salt Lake Community College has helped me a great deal inunderstanding the writing process according to each genre. When wrote my papers I discoveredthat I used many methods. I have found that I do not have a specific process in which I write mypapers. I do have a rough idea about my writing process. Before I stated my writing process Idetermined exactly what I wanted to write about, and how much I really understood the topic.This consisted of critical thinking, considering my audience, outlining my topic or mapping outideas, and drafting many copies. Music was always a factor in my writing process. No matterwhere I was it always helped me to stay focused on the task at hand. Most of the changes in my writing process is where the paper is physically being written.I tend to go from school, using the time in between my classes. Work, when I have a fewmoments of down time and I have a new concept that can be added or changed. The hardest is athome I seem to loose concentration easier at home, due to the fact I have other responsibilitiessurrounding me. I do not think I made things easy for myself in my writing. I tent to be a little harsh whenI comes to going over my draft and information. I always want my papers to be stronger then thefirst time it was drafted. The opening or “thesis statement” always gave me the most trouble.
Hyde 2More times then not I end up making it sound even worse, just by deleting a sentence. I think if Iwould have found a more quit place around campus. It would have made it easier for me tounderstand what I was reading out loud, and if it flows well. There were a few major factors that helped me with my writing process through oughtthis semester. I always had a dictionary or thesaurus handy to refer to. Whether it was on mylaptop to easily access or on my phone if it was available at the time. I also referred to my book“Oxford Essential Writing Guide” from time to time. It is not the easiest thing to interpret but itdoes help with simple question that I have about my writing process. The most supportedpractice was my in class student peer reviews. I enjoyed the truthful comments for myclassmates about my writing. They always gave great ideas about what other ways I couldapproach a topic, and it always helps to have a second set of eyes to look over a paper. There aremany small grammatical errors I miss when staring at the same paper for days on end. Over all attending class and taking strong notes was the most helpful to me. With thenotes that I took I could always refer back to with any question or concerns that I may have hadduring my writing process. The thing I found most useful in this course to me was covering acause and effect genre. The students were asked to write a proposal/position paper. We chose alocal topic that has been a concern or in the media light. A topic that had a personal interest tome but I knew little to nothing about. I analyzed that topic with not only pros and cons but allsides of the topic. I feel that I have learned a lot, I know that is a very broad statement to make for a wholesemester. Learning everything from writing according to genre, using signal words in mysentence structure, and how to set up a coherent paragraph. These were somethings that I should
Hyde 3have picked up in middle school. I also can tell that I am paying a lot more attention to what Iwrite about. If I am going to put my time in to something, and I have a choice. I should bepassionate about the things I put down on paper. Not just bull shit my way through college with abunch of half written papers and a lousy final portfolio. The final portfolio was not an unpleasant experience for me. I was excited to even getthe chance to rewrite all my papers to hopefully learn from my mistakes. My most commonmistakes were paragraph formation, syntax, and run on sentences. Occasionally I would havemissed spelled work or a double typed word that I never really picked up on. That is what peerreviews and free torturing are for. The final portfolio also gave me the opportunity to look at all of my pieces of writing andsee what genre I am stronger in. Where I need the most help, and what I really like writingabout. The students were asked to write six papers this semester, a research report, a proposal orposition paper, a memoir, an observation piece, a letter to the editor and persons profile abouttheir life. The one I enjoyed the most to share a memoir as an academic paper. I felt that mystory lined that I had used was both exciting and dramatic but has a good “lesson” to it withoutactual stating it in the paper. I do not feel that my memoir was my strongest writing. The strongest aspect of my writing was the observation piece. I sat outside the Salt LakeCommunity College for two hours writing short notes about what I could feel, smell, see, andhear around me. In doing this I did not talk to anyone, which made it very had at some point. Ienjoyed using first person in my writing, and descriptive language about what I saw around me,people watching has always been something I enjoyed and this was my opportunity to put it togood use.
Hyde 4 When writing my observation papers I made sure to have used many strong adjectivesand remembering to write in present tense. Verb tense was a huge factor with the observationpaper. I included my reaction to what was going on around me. Keeping in mind to stayobjective as much as possible. Also making an association with everything around me to pointout that I was just sitting out side the college. I have never had the opportunity to write aboutwhat I observe on a daily basis using compare and contrast attributes. I hope to get anotheropportunity in the two semester I have at Salt Lake Community College before I graduate.