Dixon - Malabro
Journey Log 5
Persistence and Metacognition
This week definitely had it's ups and downs. Class wasn't terrible, but they weren't the most interesting sessions that we've had. Unfortunately that is due to the nature of MLA. I have used MLA for years now and every time I find myself in an English class, we end up going over it again. However, I did learn some new tips and tricks for citing sources, and Chris has been a great resource for finding more. It was kind of interesting learning about first drafts and how a rough draft should be pretty rough. I am the type of writer who wants to make his rough draft as close to a final draft as possible, but now I know that I should try and change my approach. Also, I did find the articles this week to be helpful. Usually I have a difficult time to get started on my papers, but these articles were talking about how we should just start writing down whatever comes to mind on the subject. Getting SOMETHING on the paper is better than staring at a blank page, because that means you at least have something to work with.
Whenever I am assigned a large project or paper, I start to think about how many hours I am going to need to allocate towards it. Typically, I understand that I'm going to need to work on it for a long time. It is because of this that I begin to dread the assignment. However, as I've stated many times in my previous journey logs, I am actually excited for this paper. I did not dread this paper as I have dreaded past papers. This being said, I still knew that many hours would need to go into it. I knew that I would have to push through and keep focused if I was to get it done in time. I have a lot going on next week and the week after that, so I wanted to try and get a nice start on my paper this week. I have not written anything towards my draft yet, but I have created a detailed outline and have a pretty solid understanding of where I am going with it. On top of this, I have done a good amount of research to get me started. I have made little benchmarks for myself for the next couple weeks and where I want to be with my paper. This week's goal was the outline, next week's is to get the majority of my rough draft done, and the goal for the week after is to begin editing. I have to make sure that I keep on target with my paper and stay focused when I work on it. Luckily, keeping interest on the paper will not be difficult for me, as I am very interested in my topic.
Sometimes it can be hard to accept that we are wrong about something. For the most part, I have always been open to criticism. Of course, this depends on who is criticizing me. If it is a peer who knows hardly anything about what they're doing, then I may pay little attention to what they say. However, if it is someone who I know is very knowledgeable on the subject, I am all ears. By hearing criticism of my work from other people, it gets me to reflect on what I did wrong as well as what I did right. When someone looks at any of my work, I immediately go back and start looking at it myself. Then I start to reflect on what I was thinking when I created that piece of work. When Chris comments on my writing, it is very helpful to me, as it gives me a guide for how I should be reflecting on my work. After I read his comments, I begin to think about his points and compare them to my thought process. Usually this helps me fix my mistakes or at least prevent myself from making them again. We have talked a lot about failure in this course and how crucial it is, especially in literature. If we don't know why we failed and don't examine our failure, then how are we supposed to learn from it and avoid making the same mistakes in the future? I am thankful that I have learned about metacognition and have been able to implement it more in my process of writing, as I feel it is one of the most important tools for a person to have.