Most important thing I have learned through taking this English class: follow directions!
I have seriously been amazed at how poorly people take directions. Here are some of the things the professor said that other people did not pay any attention to:
–>Do not use contractions
–> Double space your papers
–>Heading should be as follows: Name, Date, Class, Professor
–>You must use three criteria
–>Your essay is to be 2-3 pages long
–> Your paragraphs are to be at least 5 sentences long. They can be longer, but no less than 5 sentences per paragraph
–> Your essay must be at least 5 paragraphs
These instructions were not only written on the chalkboard, but also clearly written on the handout assignment that she gave to each of us. I am frustrated that people in my class will not follow instructions. For example, we did peer editing yesterday and the girl I was paired up with did not follow even one of the instructions. In fact, we were supposed to have written an evaluation of a movie, tv show, or book, and she wrote a summary of a book, and did not even name the book correctly (she called it Iliad and it is The Iliad). Her paper was 4 pages, 4 paragraphs (one that was only 3 sentences), she had about 50 contractions, her paper was double spaced but she made the margins different than the standard (points will be taken off for that). She did not use any criteria because she did not write an evaluation paper! And last, but not least, her heading was:
And then she wrote it “English 101” in pen because I told her what professor Kambui had told us to make as our heading.
This girl was not the only one who did not follow instructions. The girl sitting to my right also had not double spaced her paper, she used outside sources (a big no no for this paper), and she didn’t even WRITE the paper-she had taken the class before but got a C- grade so she is taking it again so she just printed out her paper she wrote for the class last time. She also had about 30 paragraphs but not even one of them was 5 sentences long. gr.
Honestly, this makes me very thankful for my homeschool education. I am slightly frustrated with my classmates (primarily because it pulls me down when we’re supposed to be doing peer editing and the only mark I have on mine was a mark through the words “in conclusion,” she kindly informed me that “professors don’t like when you use ‘in conclusion’ ” I asked my professor and that is not true. I was hoping I would get helpful criticism and help with my paper from this girl, but nope). Even more than being frustrated though, I feel bad for these people. The girl I worked with, she is in her sophomore year of college-she is taking English 101. Some how she made it through highschool and was not even taught how to follow directions. I really pity these people and wish they had the opportunity to get a really good education, or in some cases, that they had taken the opportunity to learn from their education provided. It is very sad. But back to my point-I am thankful for the education I was given. I am thankful I was in classes with teachers that wanted to see me learn. I am glad that God gave me a brain that functions correctly, and I am thankful for my professor.
Now do not get me wrong-I do not want you to think that everyone in my college class is dumb-that is not true-just the majority of them. One woman is probably in her mid 30’s and she is not excelling in the class. She has a good excuse though-English is not her first language and she does not know the language very well. This guy Cliff is really smart, and so is Paul. Some are not that bright, but they are trying. I just wish that you could only go to school if you wanted to learn. That’s all. I only wish these people wanted to learn. Oh well.
Anyway, I just wanted to post real fast before going to read more about Critical Thinking, work on editing and revising my essay, writing two chapter summaries, and reading A Shepard Looks at Psalm 23.