My Essay Writing Experience

What have you done well that you feel you should be credited for. 

Throughout the course so far, I can confidently say that I have improved in crafting out better thesis statements and topic sentences. I have finally  understood their purpose clearly and what is fully required of each, as compared to when studying for General Paper back in Junior College. Therefore, I think that I have done relatively better, though not the best, in writing a focused and coherent essay in my assignments for this module. I have been making conscious effort to follow through with my topic sentences for each paragraph and and made sure I did actually address the relevant issues without writing out of point. I also feel that I have also been able to paraphrase my research well. 🙂

 

What difficulties did you face in writing the essay?

All essays assigned to us so far have been done with the luxury of time. I know that a difficulty I face is that I tend to spend a lengthy amount of time organising the content of each paragraph, as my train of thought is unable to flow continuously and quickly. After creating a very brief essay outline, there would be a high chance that I would edit it in the process of writing, due to a change in ideas or organisation choices. This then relates to my issue of not being able to think effectively under time constraint or pressure. 🙁  I will need to make sure that I am able to replicate and apply the invaluable skills that I have learnt throughout the course.

When writing the Reader Response Essay, I must admit that I did not catch the objectives and requirements of the question and hence ended up writing too generic a thesis statement. If not for consulting Ms Sri on my introduction, I would indubitably have the rest of my essay written out of point.

Although I feel that I have done well in citing sufficient research and evidence to support my main ideas and arguments, I have realised that initially, I threw in too many examples and exceeded the word count, resulting in having to cut them down eventually. One problem I have discovered here is that I am still unsure of how else to state my points and have the ideas carried across thoroughly if not by the use of examples.

Another problem I have always encountered is that my teachers gave the same feedback – that I have to “analyse and elaborate” on the evidence  I have provided, such that it returns and acknowledges the topic sentence and ideas I am trying to emphasize on. I am aware of how my evidences help to support my argument, but I must admit that I am still unsure of how to express this “linking back to the topic sentence” in my writing. Is there a particular way of doing so? I am conscious that I have attempted this, through reiterating the topic sentence directly as a conclusion to end my paragraph, and thought that I was somehow “linking”. However, judging from constant similar feedback, there are steps in the thinking process that I have skipped surely? 🙁

 

What can you personally do as to address these difficulties?

I have learnt from my mistakes and I would definitely have to analyse the way the question is written. I would then be able to understand its requirements fully, so as not to write an essay out of point. I need to be very conscious of HOW I write the essay, or I would actually be crafting one that answers another question.

As for time management, I will pick out various essay questions and practise critical thinking more!!! 🙂

After consulting and clearing my doubts as listed above with Ms Sri, I would then be able to comprehend more clearly on the style of analysing and evaluating. After establishing this, I would go on to read up on others’ essays, hoping to recognise these skills being used and eventually applying them later. I WILL TRY TO CONQUER THIS SKILL! 🙂

Reflection

b) Why is writing in English important to you? What are some examples of English language writing that you will do in your University education? How will writing in English be important in your future career?

 

The usage of the English language has spread extensively around the world and has an increasing dominance as the Lingua Franca today. I would no doubt be at a disadvantage in this global social circle in communicating my opinions and emotions, should I not be equipped with correct tools to craft effectively on text. It is not uncommon for me to be struggling over vocabulary and sentence structures with great difficulty as I convert my thought processes onto paper. Being able to write well would enable me to convey messages across to an international audience with as much accuracy as possible. It would undeniably save me time from hesitating between word choices, bringing me greater confidence in my writing – especially in a subject I am most passionate in sharing about.

English language writing is prevalent during the course of study as a Real Estate undergraduate. There are a plethora of individual and group projects as well as examinations to be undertaken, out of which lengthy reports and condensed essays with adequate English standards are to be churned out. Out of the classroom, I would need to hone skills in producing convincing campaign speeches should I decide to run for a student committee election. Looking further ahead in my education, writing effective testimonials and resumes when applying for internships and scholarships are also extremely important.

After watching the videos shared during Monday’s sectional teaching, it dawned on me how crucial it is to be able to convey one’s thoughts and opinions in an effective and appropriate manner, relative to one’s occupation. We were asked to express honest judgements made about the speakers and this was when I came to realise how significant communication skills are in affecting first impressions formed. As a Real Estate graduate, I would be expected to be competent and capable in communicating confidently with colleagues and clients, both verbally and on paper. Some of them may not be as patient as to give second chances in the event of a miscommunication while undergoing a major project. Interviewers today do not only consider how well we fair academically, but also the way we carry ourselves. Therefore I strongly feel that it is up to my responsibility to constantly practise and exercise a good command of spoken and written English in order to maintain my level of professionalism.