Personal Writing: What I Learned This Semester In English Class



I feel this semester, only the first of many I will endure, was a
successful one. The objective of the course was to make us better writers,
and I certainly have improved. I learned what makes a paper good or bad,
what makes it easier to write a good paper, and how the manner that the
class is held makes a difference.

However, I feel I should have taken my high school English class more
seriously. The teacher graded rather leniently, which attributed to my
lack of effort. The amount of work required to get an "A" paper in my high
school was about equivalent to the work required to get a "C" paper here at
Lehigh. It was a very difficult adjustment for me. I went through high
school ...

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to write a paper that will get a good grade. Now, my goal is to
write better papers. I write to become a better writer.

That is, I feel, a very important thing that I learned this semester. I
don't think, "O.K., I have to get at least a B on this paper." Instead, I
think, "O.K., I have to use this assignment to improve my work." This is a
much better approach because it causes the writer to try to produce a well
written piece. Writing for a grade often causes the writer to do just
enough to get by.

I also learned that it is much easier to produce a good piece of writing if
I am kept interested. By choosing our own topics, rather than have the
teacher give us topics to write on, we often are much more interested in
the subject. If we are interested in what we are writing about, we tend to
have a better opinion, and we can explain our ideas better. All of this
helps us produce better papers. Also, if the writer is interested in the
subject, this interest often translates ...

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