Which parts of AP English III did you tackle successfully in the first semester? What did you do that facilitated your success?
- Learning to not stress about timed writings.
I mean, let’s face it. Timed writings are going to be an inevitable aspect of the English III AP curriculum. Yes, timed writings do still give me the feeling of both drowning (the shortness of breath, the want to survive, the helplessness) and thrill, not the good one, (heart pounding, hands sweating, mind racing), but I have come to accept them. So when a timed writing comes along, I try get myself ready, think of peaceful thoughts, and remind myself [with all my will power] that there are worse things in the world.:D
Which parts of AP English III left you feeling only partially successful? Why did you struggle? What will you do in the second semester to improve in these areas?
- Not being able to spend as much time as I would have wanted when writing formal essays.
Yes, I admit it. I have been guilty of waiting until the last moments to write my essays (you should see the faces of my friends who read my rough drafts which I basically brain dump ideas in my head onto a sheet of paper that makes practically no sense until I finally go to write my final draft). However, I want to emphasize that this is not because of procrastination (okay, 95% of the time). School is so demanding, tiring, discouraging that I often have to rush through essays that I sincerely wanted to take time to edit and revise. There are still some turned in essays that I regret not having had enough time to make them the best they could be… This may seem as though it is merely an excuse, but it is really true! So, I guess the way in which to improve this problem, the obvious and most stereotypical answer, would be to find more time to spend on my essays. Not more time to literally think about my essay itself (I already do a lot of that may it be when I’m walking down the hallway or sleeping. Ideas are always swimming around inside of my head) but more time to refine my ideas and mold them into a sophisticated and clear manner (I’m very well-known for my “extremely eloquent and comprehensible use of language that brings tears to people’s eye and brilliantly implements diction, syntax, and transitions in speech and in writing almost automatically without any need for revision” ;)).
Don’t worry Mr. W! I’ll really try to find more time to sincerely better my essays and save you some of the pain of having to read them:)