December 19, 2007

My Essay Hell

This term was my first time to write an essay. It was difficult for me to write an essay; especially we need to write 2000 words. When I knew the topic of the essay, I was a little afraid of it, because I did not know how to do it. I thought the topic was too general to write.

Then I began to think about what I should write. The topic is about Britain society, the key words are advantages and problems, and the time is since 1945. I thought I needed to get hold of these words, and went to library to find more information about them. During the next few weeks, I went to library to find a lot of information. When I looked at them, I found again that Britain society since 1945 was too general and big; I needed to reduce the topic, just find a few parts of it. And then I thought about the topic first, and I found out my own topic¡ªfamilies, household and women employment. I thought those are my interested things and I can write them clear. When I had the main topic, I went to library again, and found some books about families, household and women employment. I borrowed some books to my home, and I can read them at home. When I read these books, I found I was poor at vocabulary. I do not know so many words that I can not understand what the book says. I needed to look at dictionary, find the meaning. It took me much time to do this, and the understanding time is not enough. When I understood the book, I needed to summarize the content. It was another difficult aspect I needed to overcome. When I finished the essay, I was a little excitement, but I do not forget to summarize what I learnt from writing the essay.

During the writing time, I learnt a lot. For example, I know how to borrow and return books in library, I need to enlarge my vocabulary, how to summary an idea from other people. I thought all of them are important for me. Now I know when you want to summary a paragraph, firstly you need to read the paragraph, get the main idea of it. Secondly, you need to note the main idea, and have logic in your mind and write down them. Thirdly, you need to read the paragraph again, and find if you loose some ideas or not, then you can write down again. Fourthly, you begin to write in your own words. Fifthly, check in whether you miss some ideas or not, and grammar.

If I could go back to when I started writing the essay, I think the first thing I want to do is reading more books, and making my essay more all-sided. Secondly, I will write my introduction more, because I think my introduction was too short. Thirdly, I will say more about women employment, because I do not write more about it. I think if I can get it back, I can do it better.

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  1. Tilly Harrison

    Your description really impressed me – it is clear and shows how hard you worked on the essay and how much you learned. I hope you remember the lessons you learned this time for the next essay. For example the problem with vocabulary – are you keeping a notebook and reviewing new words frequently? I liked your advice for summarising a paragraph – this sounds like a sensible method and the result should be something that shows your understanding and is in your own words. Good luck with next term’s essay!

    06 Jan 2008, 21:23

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