I had generally good understanding of syntax and what not previous to this course. However, I found that I still made careless mistakes like forgetting to add in the right conjunctions or starting all my sentences in the same format. However, I know that multiple drafts can help me spot out these mistake early on so that it will not affect my writing. I feel I can control the aesthetics of my writing, I just cannot control to root of my writing yet. I hope in the second project to get better.
The Knowledge of Conventions really aided me in this course to review everything I have ever learned about the English language. Generally, I knew all the information, but I just had not reviewed it in so long that I had forgotten some key principles. I forgot "wordiness" was a thing! Oh right, people are not supposed to write like that. Every time I reviewed something with the personal learning plan, I would then remember it for my next assignment. I also loved the actual way it was designed to teach you! Starting off with basic questions about what you were reviewing was a great way to personally define what I remembered and what I was a little fuzzy on. For example, when reviewing verb tenses, I was pretty confident in each sentence beginning and ending in the right tense. However, when we reviewed making plural forms the same tense, I had completely forgotten that that was a rule. I had been writing things like, "She walked both of her dogs with the leash," rather than "She walked both of her dogs with their leashes." After the primary questions you were asked, the unit moved into giving you the actual information. This was very helpful because it gave me an actual visual of what I already knew. It was made clear and it was shown in a way that I could remember it in my brain. Concluding with more questions about each section finalized what I had learned. I also could tell whether or not I had really understood a section by the last set of questions. If I was getting them wrong, I knew that I needed to go back and review the unit again.