12 May 2011
My Progress as a Reader and Writer in English 20M
If I had a time travel machine, I would love to go back to our class’s first meeting. It was such a memorable day. I was so nervous that my first piece of writing seemed less than mediocre as I reflected on what I had written that day. While being happy that my name was randomly chosen to be added to the class, I was very scared of this class. The last time I wrote an essay was two years ago, and before this class I had forgotten how to write one. I believe good writing requires lots of practice, and I have not practiced my writing for a long time. In addition, my reading was not even up to par since I only read books required for my classes. I did not do much reading outside of my discipline, and that is not a good habit for anyone who wants to better their writing. Through this class, I figured out my composing style, which is crucial since good writers should be aware of potential advantages and disadvantages of each style. I think my critical reading skills have been dramatically improved thanks to different types of analysis frameworks I learned. As I contemplate what this class has taught me, it would probably take pages to list all the things I learned from my professor, classmates, textbook, and my work. However, the major lessons I have learned are the reading and writing strategies that help me form many good habits to become a better reader and writer.
I think most people would agree with me that reading is very crucial for improving writing skills. In a developing country like Vietnam, reading was considered a hobby for the intellectuals since the illiterate population is high. My parents were aware that I should have a healthy and useful hobby, so they encouraged me to spend my free time reading books. As I continued to mature and began to study English, my reading hobby was changed. It was because of the second language barrier that makes me read less or only... [continues]
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