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! 🙂