I was pushed constantly to work harder at my writing. I studied and practiced several new techniques and methods for prewriting and organizing the essays I found so hard to create. At first, I had quite a few bad days and quite a few subpar essays. My grades would vary greatly from paper to paper. This really scared me, as I hoped to keep myself from drastically dropping in my grades. Yet, I wanted to maintain my grade point average so I had no choice but to succeed and impress around every corner. I began to pour in, even more, work and apply all of the newly learned skills from that class into my mind. I hoped that soon I would be able to find a system for writing that helped me form proper
Writing on the other hand is strenuous. Instead of simply changing tone I have to convey the meaning in syntax. This is a major hurdle to overcome. That is where the second point comes into play. The old saying “nobody’s perfect” is difficult to believe even though it's been said numerous times. We all want perfection even though it's impossible. In the engineering field that is a good quality to possess as it creates competitiveness amount peers. In a writing class however, it can be one's demise. From personal experience I can contest that being too self-critical is harmful. I got to the point my senior year of high school where I no longer tried because I felt as if everything I did wasn't good enough. English is not my strong suit, so when we had to write five essays I panicked. I would've been happy with a simple 85 - like I said I know I'm not
In my experience, I used to dwell on an assignment if I could not comprehend it. When I would receive a mark lower than I would have liked, I would question my capability. For a student who is a scholarship boy, getting a mark lower than an ‘A’ would damage their self-worth. The process of achieving greatness on each assignment involves an overwhelming amount of emotion. Many students stress over whether or not their work is good enough or meeting the requirements. They are unable to properly think because every thought is controlled by self-doubt. This thought process is not only damaging to the student’s self-esteem but also causes mental and physical illnesses.
When I stop to think about the memory’s that I have made during my first semester of college; there are both good and bad pieces or times that present themselves. Often with many things there are gray areas, and writing would fall in there for me. I fortunately understand now that I have times where I can over look many of my writing flaws. Such as sentence structure! This by far was my biggest problem in this class, and I fully understand why. Personally I have times that will type up a paragraph and never notice the mistake. That is until someone points it out to me. It’s almost like my brain knows that something is wrong with it, but for some unknown reason it won’t register when I’m revising my paper. So as a writer I have realized that I need to take advantage of people around me and get their feedback on my essay’s; because
In “The Maker’s Eye,” the author, Donald Murray declares “A piece of writing is never finished. It is delivered to a deadline, torn out of the typewriter on demand, sent off with a sense of accomplishment and shame and pride and frustration. If only there were a couple more days, time for another run at it, perhaps then...”This is to say, writers are often sticklers and critical of themselves. Even if you have months to submit an assignment, it can feel like it's not enough because you're always tweaking and trying to do something better. But at some point, a deadline arises and have to turn in your writing, knowing it's your best work and you've done all you can do! Like me, most of the time that I run out of time trying to make a perfect
First, confidence is necessary to do well in school. We need to be incisive with our education. University of Chicago said, “Raising cortisol either led to a performance boost or a performance flop.” Then we can build our confidence towards our work. We shouldn’t be fractious to our teachers and friends that can help us. We also should be adherent to the school rules. Beilock said,”If a student interprets their physiological response as a sign they are about to fail, they will. And, when taking a math test, students anxious about math are likely to do this. But the some physiological response can also be linked to success if a student’s outlook is positive.” Therefore, as long as we do things to keep our confidence up, stay focus and out of trouble we will excel.
My level of confidence can also make a difference of when and how I can tackle my academic work. To help build my confidence I practice doing medication, to help calm my nerves and keep me at peace. With all this set-in right, and my contently is in check I have no problems with doing what I am supposed to do.
When I just started the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, I was a bit nervous and anxiety provoked by the overwhelming writing demands. This of course, was partly attributable to the fact that I have always lacked confidence in my ability to write well organized and coherent essays due to previous struggles and confusion with subject/verb agreements. Accordingly, when I was expected to complete my first assignment for this program, I remembered questioning myself consistently “is this the right word choice?” while pensively thinking “what’s Dr. Michael’s feedback going to be?”. With constructive feedback after each submitted assignment however, I was able to build on my confidence and felt the need to bombard myself with uncertainty
I am a perfectionist; always have been, always will be. Whether I want it to or not, that applies to every aspect of my life; including my writing. It is almost impossible for me to sit down and work on an essay or read a book without having flashbacks to countless lectures, posters, and reminders. The correctness of my writing and all of its components are very important to me. Specifically, I like to put in extra effort on my transitions, word choice, fluency, and overall likeability… Basically all of the things you see on classroom posters from kindergarten on. As I progress throughout my education I have come to realize that writing gets more complex as the years go on, but the same rules stay in place. No ‘run ons,’no using your introduction
As children, we are afraid of being screamed at or punished in a way. Often times in elementary school, I would pass volunteering in class, afraid that I would give the wrong answer and that I would get screamed at. It does not only have to be at school, but even in our own homes. Children are scared of doing something wrong because they think that they will be put on timeout or another type of punishment. Out of all life stages, I believe that we are most afraid of making mistakes when we are children. Another important reason of why we are so afraid of making mistakes is pride. I feel like pride is more present in adults other than children. Adults are often scared of making a mistake and hurting their pride. We are all so afraid of making mistakes in one way or another. We shouldn't be afraid of making mistakes because they help us grow as a person. How would we learn from our mistakes if we are so afraid of making them? It’s simple, we wouldn’t. I think that this fear is not something that we all of a sudden get, but something that we grow up with and we can’t avoid it, whether we want it or not. We can do various things to overcome this fear. One way is to try to accept that we can’t avoid making mistakes. Elementaries can give their students a lecture over making mistakes and how it’s not something that we should be afraid of. If we are told as children that we should not be so afraid of making mistakes we can decrease this
COGNITIVE PROCESSING Students tend to give up when difficult tasks are assigned, become frustrated and use the words “I can’t, according to Jacobson (2017). Teachers must train students to transition their thinking “I can’t-do it” to the positive results of” How can I do it.” Teachers must understand how to help their students enter a positive mode by guiding the student toward why they are having trouble completing the task and then help the student think of options that help the student understand the task, so it is solved.
There are times when even the best of us find ourselves in a less-than-favorable situation, and faced with a seemingly unconquerable problem. Situations like this could cause increased stress, which soon results in a person thinking of very negative outcomes for themselves. For example, despite my best efforts, I can become quite nervous where a little anxiety would cause me to mess up my chances for a good grade. In my frustration, I would often tell myself, "I'll never get an A in this class." However, I can make this into a question by looking introspectively and asking myself, "What do I need to do in order to earn an A in this class?" You can turn limiting statements into questions, and ask yourself about ways you can solve any troubling
This semester was one of the hardest semesters in my life. One of the reasons for it being the hardest semester is because it was my first year doing precalculus. I had to know background knowledge on precalculus so I wasn’t prepared for the hard topics. In addition to precalculus,
Motivation is a very strong tool we can use to get further in life and to achieve our dreams and goals. Setting goals for ourselves is something that I consider to be very important, I believe in always pushing myself further and further in life, not only physically but mentally
When I entered more regular classes in my junior year of high school, particularly my expository writing class, I did not do well. I was accustomed to doing the bare minimum, putting very little effort in, as that was what was required to pass my special education classes. However, it soon became clear that my expository class would be challenging because my teacher expected great things from her students. Once I realized this, I threw myself into the work. I would go to class after school to ask questions about the content that was covered, as well as ask my parents for feedback on my papers. I passed the class with a C, rather than my usual A, but my writing skills increased exponentially. The C grade was obviously not what I had hoped for, but it meant more to me than my A’s. There were many times that I struggled with self-doubt, wondering if I had made a mistake in my request to