The primary purpose of English 1101 is to prepare students to interact effectively and to recognise or develop new information in a variety of situations. Via intensive writing practice or reading, led by evaluations and input from my course teacher, English 1101 helped me gain control over writing conventions. Efficient writing processes, rhetorical organizations’ techniques, scholarly writing formats and styles, critical reading skills, researching, and referencing researched sources are among the topics discussed in the course. Personally, from the class of English 1101, I have learned about how to use the writing processes effectively, where the first step is to have a pre-write, which focuses on the brainstorming ideas form either the group or from individuals’ brain for the required topic. The second phase of the process is the thesis statement, which is the primary idea of the entire essay. I discovered that the thesis statement should be persuasive and truthful. The third step is on developing drafts, where it showed me on how to focus on content, organization, and style. Again, I noted that I must ask myself who is my audience, and what do they want or need to hear.
Revising is another significant activity that I acquired from the course. As a writer, I have to fix some logical mistakes in my essay, check on the missing steps, the awkward transitions, and any confusing organization or outline. Proofreading is another step in the writing process, where English 1101 demand individuals to read out the revised paper loudly, to identify any mistakes that need correction. The last step is formatting, which has an aim of making the essay perfect. I discovered that I have to make sure my essay is appropriately formatted, meeting all the MLA style requirements.
In the course, I also acquired the necessary citation formatting used in academic writing, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and the Turban. However, the course concentrates more on MLA referencing style. To avoid plagiarism or to acknowledge the work done by other authors, English 1101 taught me to identify all the phrases, ideas, quotations or images from someone else’s work, and cite them accordingly. According to English 1101, copying any material and submitting it without citing is an academic offense, which may lead to failure of the assignment or result to an expulsion from the course.
English 1101 equipped me with knowledge of accessing the writing aids, together with conducting adequate researches. The research skills acquired from the unit incorporates the following: Library orientation, how to access both the internet and printed sources, applying the simple academic search procedures, paraphrasing or summarizing the information from either secondary or primary source, listing the works cited in MLA style, and in-text citation. The course emphasizes that students should search information from credible sources such as online libraries, which have books, peer-reviewed journals, handbooks, dictionaries, popularly and scholarly articles, or any other reliable online materials.
Furthermore, the class helped me to embrace writing as a long-lasting practice, viewing it as a way to think and learn. It taught me on how to be creative in my papers, and to have confidence by discovering on what I think or research through writing. The course focuses on the practical dimension of thinking and writing processes, which encouraged me to believe that writing and reading are essential activities, which are significant to my life. Therefore, I noted that I should think outside the scope when writing any of my paper, and make sure that the content in any of my write-up is original.
Another beneficial part of English 1101 is the peer reviews for every essay. Taking part in peer reviews assisted me to understand how to put more focus on a particular aspect of my assignment, which allows me to reach my audience efficiently. Through gaining the skills to peer reviews, I acquired better-communication skills of my ideas by writing, where I expanded knowledge on how to go directly to the point in my essay. As we did three or four peer reviews in other people’s paper in our class, I increased my skills of identifying issues in other students’ paper.
In general, English 1101 was an indispensable course, which improved one of my vital skills needed throughout the college, which is writing. Apparently, most of the writing takes place in English class, but every other class assigns essays in English. Through all the skills acquired in class 1101, I will have no challenges in any other class throughout my college life. Obtaining skills on the foundations for successful writing enables me to write appropriate papers for other audience who may be reading and grading my essays. As a writer, English 1101 assisted me to learn about how to create my unique and original voice in the form of writing, which makes me remain outstanding amongst all other writing styles.
Previously, I was not sure on how to write a successful paper, but through the English 1101 class, I learned different formats, which gives me an advantage for writing essays for various subjects and audiences. Apparently, I had some little knowledge of the rhetorical reading response, but the class gave me adequate skills on summarizing, analyzing, evaluating, and responding to any print or digital text, which is currently my biggest strength. Also, I gained some strength in comparing and contrasting various genres, such as literature reviews, proposals, annotated bibliographies, reports, among others. My primary aim is to continue to learn about how to keep my paper sufficient of information, organized, formatted, and try to foster creativity so that my essays turn to be a work of thoughtfulness, individuality, and originality.