Dear portfolio reader, it is my joy to introduce you to my writing journey. So far, I have written many different essays, but in this cover letter, I will only capture two essays. The first essay titled the issue of unisex bathrooms in the United States is a critical evaluation of unisex bathrooms in USA with an aim of helping the reader to understand the issue in a better way. With the help of this essay, I was able to evaluate a controversial issue and determine appropriate action required in order to resolve the issue.
The second essay titled Happy by Pharrell Williams is a textual analysis of the elements and techniques that Pharrell Williams uses in his song, Happiness, to appeal to the audience. With the help of this essay, I have been able to analyze the different methods that song writers and singers use to appeal to the members of the audience. I have moved from just identifying the different methods to evaluating the roles they play in the song.
While writing the two essays, I received feedback from my tutor. At times, the feedback was encouraging while at other times, it discouraged me to a certain extent. However, in both cases I was able to revise my essays and improve my writing skills. In the future, I will utilize my learning from the feedback to write more clearly and express myself in the right way. I will also use the feedback as my stepping-stone to improving my writing skills.
I have learned several things from the course WRT 102. Firstly, I have learned that I need to plan for my essays way before I start writing them. I have particularly learnt that I need to schedule time to develop the outline, conduct research and gather materials to be used in the essay. Before taking this course, I did not follow a logical process when writing my essays, but now that I have learned, I will follow the guidelines while writing. Secondly, I learnt how to differentiate and write different types of essays. I can now say that I know the difference between a research paper and a report. Furthermore, I know the difference between a properly researched argument and a textual analysis. Thirdly, I have also learnt about the different writing methods and how to use them effectively. Besides learning different methods, I have also learnt how to write in a creative and engaging manner (Leso 44). For example, I have learnt how to appeal to anybody reading my essay through ethos, appeals and pathos. As a good writing practice, I will be using this strategy to appeal to my audiences.
In terms of transferring what I have learnt from this course to other academic, as well as professional writing situations, I will henceforth be able to express my thoughts in a more comprehensive manner than I was doing before. With this skill, I will not only be able to share my thoughts with anybody reading my work in clear way, but I will also be able to express those thoughts in the right way (Leso 44). It is my belief that I will be able to score high marks in academics because I will be able to express myself easily and with clarity. It is also my belief that anybody reading my work will enjoy it.
Leso, Robert. Building blocks of writing skills. New York: Xlibris Corporation, 2012. Print.