College is a difficult and stressful time in a student’s life. In this great journey students are faced with many papers, projects and presentations they must fulfill in order to graduate. As a students you must learn to grow and adapt to the college life and expectations teachers have. Throughout this semester I was no different. I had to learn and grow not only as a writer but, as a person. I needed improve my work ethic and, skills in order to earn passing grades in all of my classes. I no longer could get away with procrastinating till the last minute and turning in assignments with many grammatical mistakes. As this semester is coming to a close I feel that I not only adapted but, evolved to become a better student because I no longer make easy grammatical mistakes, I am a master at time management and, I learned what works best for me as a student.
The first reason why I evolved is because I no longer make easy grammatical mistakes. When I started in this english class I never really payed attention to details in my papers. I always thought that teachers would let the easy grammatical mistakes slide and mainly look at the main ideas I wrote. I thought that if I was able to get my point across in my papers that would suffice and, I would receive an A for the assignment. I was greatly mistaken, as when turned in my first and, second essay I for english twenty-two received a poor grade because of those grammatical mistakes. I had to learn quickly learned the importance of looking over my work and, double checking my sentences. Looking back on my first paper I realized that if I weren’t so careless I would have received a better grade. If you look at this paragraph from my first essay you will see what I mean.
“In High School, I was a very hardworking and talented student. I was taking AP classes, Iin student government, and a four sport letterman. As a student, I would classify myself as an independent hands-on learner. If a teacher would lecture the whole class, . Mmy mind would tend to wander until it was time to do the assignment or test. If I was given the assignment before hand, however, I would be much more attentive and be able to concentrate on the teachers. That is why I think I tend to gravitate toward Mmath. You are able to learn the subject on your own with a little research and trial and error.”
As you can see I was carless with my sentences and because of these point deductions I received what I deserved at the time a poor grade.
My second point on how I evolved is I have become a master at time management. Throughout this semester I was faced with many difficulties and challenges. From working on my golf game, to working a part time job and dealing with the workload of my classes. I found that juggling all of these many important things in my life did overwhelm me at times. I was forced to become a master at time management. I had to be productive with all the spare time I had. In the past, I would just lay around the house on my off days and just wait until the last minute to finish my assignments. As time went on this semester Ms. Cara taught us how importance of making use of our time in order to not be so stressed when assignments were due. In a lecture she had with our class she explained we needed to be devoting 3-6 hours a week in her class in order to pass. She explained her current situation with not only going to grad school but, teaching four other classes. This really resonated with me. If I thought I had it difficult imagine how she must feel?
My final point on how I evolved is that I learned what works best for me as a student. In the beginning of the semester we were able to take a survey to determine what kind of learner we were. I found out that I was a visual learner. I needed see how things were done in order to replicate the actions. This new knowledge helped immensely as I was learning new material. I was able to look at examples of the material we were learning and immediately catch on to the subject. In the past, I would have just tried to learn the material by trial and error. This would have taken much longer for me to catch on to the new material.
Overall this semester I was able to learn so much about myself and who I am as a student. With this new found knowledge I have I will be able to take what I have learned in this class and use it in my future classes. I will now be more careful in my writing and be sure to look over it multiple times before submitting it to my professors. I am now very good at managing my time. I am now able to learn a lot quicker because I know how I learn. This is all because I was forced to evolve from my english class this semester