December 20, 2007

My difficult essay

   This is harder one for me than other two essays I have handled earlier. I think the reason is that it was marked by two subjects, which means I should be careful about the content that I talk about and the language that I use. These two aspects are not easy.

   Firstly, I want to talk about the content which made me exhausted. I can understand that it is necessary to give examples explaining important points, but I didn¡¯t know that I should show the evidence of the example and the explanation. This resulted in my limited time in which I must finish finding the evidence and writing, because I just did drifting reading. Therefore, I know how to write an analytical essay after I have written this one. If I could go back to write this essay, I think I would read lots of aspects related to the topic and get more useful information.

   Secondly, I want to talk about the language. The aim about language of this essay is written in academic language. Although I have learned how to write academic essay in China and in advanced language class, it can not be used skillfully for me. I am quite satisfied with my knowledge that I have learned from the advanced language class, but I need time to digest it and use it skillfully. After writing this essay, I learned that I should take more exercises about writing academic essay. Next time, I will prepare more time to check my academic language.

   In conclusion, this essay gives a bad feeling to me. At least, I am not satisfied with the process of writing this essay. From this experience, I have learned that I need read more chapters related to the essay topic, get more useful information, take more exercises about academic writing and check the language of my essay after I have finished my writing.

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  1. Tilly Harrison

    I liked your expression ‘drifting reading’ (is it translated from Chinese?) – it expressed well one of the dangers of academic reading and writing – if you don’t keep notes when you read, then when it comes to writing you will need to work twice as hard to find the references you need. Sometimes all you remember is the position on the page of the quote you need and you have to spend ages leafing through the book to find it. It is so much better to have the page number ready when you need it. It seems that you learned a lot doing this essay and I’m sure you will continue to improve.

    06 Jan 2008, 16:16

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