In Process, I include three drafts of my 1st essay, 2nd essay, 3rd essay, and 4th essay–with Professor Walker’s evaluations–as evidence.
Critical reading, public speaking, and formal writing are the main components of this course that have improved my abilities with the help of Group Led Discussions and essays.
The Group Led Discussions have improved both my critical reading and public speaking skills. By introducing the reading material in class discussions, a welcoming, thought-provoking atmosphere is created. If there are unclear areas in the reading, I can rely on others to share their thoughts and ideas, shaping my understanding and giving insight on the text. This has greatly enhanced my comprehension and communication skills. For public speaking, the routine presentations have eased my concerns. The process of summarizing and dissecting text has become much more enjoyable.
My abilities to compare, contrast, and synthesize academic materials have progressed at a steady rate throughout this course as well. During the first week, we each wrote in-class diagnostics that were traded and peer-edited, an activity I usually dislike. However, the critiques I received were helpful in the process of crafting my final draft (viewable under “Diagnostic Essay”). The consistent revising for each assigned essay has tremendously improved my work, also all viewable on this page. In addition, Professor Walker’s extensive evaluations posted on the final drafts are hugely beneficial and appreciated because of the detailed reasoning for grades given.