The successful and non-successful strategies in my life

I will prove that the strategies, grit, deliberate practice, and revising, like an experienced writer, will help me in my days at SFSU. I have multiple classes I will need to use all of these in, and I will apply various of these strategies in each of them. Grit, deliberate practice, and professional writer knowledge have made me cringe at some of the things I did in the past and made me miss a couple of them since I used them a bit in sports. I learned what I did wrong, and I wish I could go back and try and fix my mistakes. So I plan on using all three of these strategies in some of my classes to get better at them.

When you get the confidence to keep going even when you do your worse, that’s what grit is. College puts many obstacles in your way even all the time, and having grit would help me push through all the obstacles in my way. Grit in Angela Lee Duckworth’s words would be “Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working hard to make that future a reality”(Ted Talk, Duckworth). Never will you want to give up if you have grit, you only want to continue on even when it gets tough. English usually is the class where I will struggle. I would turn in papers that weren’t up to the teacher’s standard with harsh comments coming back. I bet they expected at one point I would drop out or something. I didn’t drop out; instead, I tried harder and harder to someday turn in something that would make my teachers see that I am trying, and I always will try my hardest. English essays will always be the death of me. No matter how hard I try or how much I think I did well on them, I get bad scores. I plan on using Grit most in this class because I know it will be tough to keep up, especially since this is a faster-paced class.

My high school graduation photo

There are many types of ways to achieve your goals. And if you do those ways honestly and thoroughly then you will achieve greatness. In the words of Anders Ericsson, Michael J. Prietula, and Edward T. Cokely, “Deliberate practice involves two kinds of learning: improving the skills you already have and extending the reach and range of your skills”. I kind of think of it compared to mentos and a bottle of coke. When adding mentos to the coke, it starts to bubble and explode. When trying your best and most challenging at a skill, you will achieve your greatness at one point. Volleyball looks like an easy sport with just hitting the ball and making it over the net, but there is so much more to learn about that.

After winning a breast cancer championship game

You have to know how to bump the ball, spike the ball, block the ball, and communicate with your teammates. I was horrible when I first started. I bumped the ball incorrectly, I was too scared to hurt or hurt my teammates by going for the ball, and I tripped a lot. But with sweet, caring coaches and a lot of patience and time, I got better. I started trying harder and had teammates help me too. I may not be the best at it, but I am better than when I first started.

There are two types of experts, the writers and then the students. Nancy Summers, a professor at Harvard, wrote about experienced writers and student writers and their strategies. Professional writers know everything it is to be a writer and have grown. Students are learning and will cut corners, but in a way, they are writers with all the essays they write and learning from their mistakes. An experienced writer strategy is more reliable than a student strategy because students will try and make the time go quicker on working on one. I did a paper on Catcher and the Rye, and that was a challenging paper, and the book was boring to me. We had to write about the plot and what we would have done in their shoes. I remember it being awful and getting many red pen marks after peer-review and teacher comments. It was mostly because I was repetitive, didn’t proofread, didn’t have a good sentence structure, and all my paragraphs weren’t paragraphed correctly, just filled with gibberish. I, of course, didn’t learn my lesson well, but I am trying to do better in my papers. I plan on using this in my animal diversity class. It had a lot of writing and memorization, and I hope not to be tempted to take shortcuts. I will make sure that I write all the notes for that class, and even if I get a terrible grade on any of my work, I will ask for clarification if needed. Not just using the definition the teacher told me but paraphrasing it so I’ll know how to learn about descriptions or any other text that might give me trouble. I have surprisingly used no shortcuts, and if my somewhat lucky I have will let me, I will gladly strive to pass that class with flying colors.

My best graded last assignment in middle school

My experiences were those of a cringe high school student, and I hate how I did things when I was younger. I plan to do better in all my classes until I can no longer fall and decide to give up. I am striving to become an experienced writer in the future because I think that I will benefit from it. I have grit; I know I do and not trying to sound like a know-it-all or something. I won’t give up when things get tough; that is a promise I plan to keep. I may not play sports anymore, which I miss sometimes, but I will use deliberate practice to better myself in a skill. The techniques I use will be used in other classes, and I can’t wait to learn and use strategies and advice from this class in other classes.



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Elon Critton

Hello! my name is Elon Critton and I am a student at SFSU! I love drawing and crocheting!