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Logan Salas
9/5 Online Discussion
Fri Sep 5, 2014 2:13pm
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I’ve had two very good English classes, as well as two below average. One thing definitely them apart: clarity. The good English teachers told us exactly what they expected from us in all aspects of the class. From our writing to tests, they always made sure we covered all material that we should be expected to know and showed us how to properly use it. They also made sure that we earned our grade. There was no such thing as busy work. If you didn’t do what your were supposed to do, your weren’t going to get a grade for it. When we turned in something that wasn’t up to standards they would make comments explaining what we did wrong and either encouraging us to contemplate how to fix it or explaining how we should go about correcting our mistake.
My 10th grade English teacher made us do tons of timed writings to prepare us for the SAT. She only gave us writing assignments that would prepare us for success in the SAT. These assignments were the main reason I was able to score well enough to get accepted to where I wanted to go to school. It benefited every student in my class to have so much practice the year before we would have to start taking such an important test.
Another teacher who prepared me for college while helping me get accepted to college was my 12th grade English teacher. He gave us assignments that gave us knowledge on classical works like Shakespeare and Canterbury Tales that we can refer to in the future if we chose to continue along that path of study. He also went over all of our college application essays with us, and helped us edit them. He knew what colleges wanted and used that knowledge to help us get accepted to the college we wanted to attend in the fall.
I have found that English professors that try to cover too many things in one semester very unbeneficial. Trying to cover a different book every week with quizzes, tests, essays, and projects left us overwhelmed. Focusing on fewer titles would’ve allowed us to go more in-depth with each resulting in a better knowledge of it.
I think that this semester I will benefit most from your editing of multiple drafts of papers before submitting the final copy. I hope to be able to completely understand what you want in the paper by having you edit it. I hope to improve my writing this year because it is a skill that I will be able to take with me in multiple parts of life.

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