OK. Here is what I have written, please someone proofread it taking the guidelines above into consideration:
This Is Only the Beginning
This is my first year in the Linguistics department of Hacettepe University. I can easily say that this university is not quite what I expected it to be. I was hoping to improve myself in many fields, but this did not happen in the first year, since I had to deal with my courses more than anything else. However, my English dramatically improved thanks to the courses. I would like to evaluate this year in terms of how I improved my English skills (speaking, writing, reading and listening), while doing nothing about the other fields I was interested in (arts and sports).
First of all, I have been able to improve my expressive English skills thanks to a native speaker’s being our lecturer, and having courses on how to express ourselves better in English. Margaret was the lecturer of our writing course. I learned many new words, idioms, grammar structures and expressions in her classes, which would have me state my thoughts in a more comprehensible way in written language. Also, both in our writing and reading classes we had discussions about various controversial subjects that helped me improve my speaking skills. We were having phonetics at the same time, and as a student trying to attend all the classes, I improved my pronunciation. So, I can say that I am grateful for my department to help me meet my objectives in expressing myself both in spoken and written language.
Secondly, my receptive skills have also improved with the help of the courses like reading, literature, and listening comprehension. Even though I did not have much difficulty in reading and understanding course books, articles, reading passages and the like, I was rather poor at literal texts, or in other words, the figurative use of English language. By the help of our literature classes, I got over this problem, and now I can mostly understand what Shakespeare or Hemingway says. My listening skills, likewise, improved remarkably after having taken the listening comprehension courses. I was unable to differentiate between the words that resemble each other like “mate” and “made” before I took those courses. I can say that listening to someone speaking English has become one of the easiest tasks ever with the help of my lecturers.
Thirdly, even though there has been a big improvement in my English skills, I have not been able to deal with arts or sports, both of which are my main interests. I was hoping to have art lessons such as painting and music. However, all the courses are academic ones. Another deficit of my department –or of the university in general- is that there are not many sports activities going on. Because of these reasons, I felt rather “antisocial” in my first year in the university. As a result, not having done anything in these two areas is the only objective that I missed this year, but I am thinking of taking piano and karate courses next year from another university. If only my university gave more importance to these two areas!
Consequently, although I was not very content with the overall situation of the university this year, I must admit that my English skills have improved drastically within this year. I, however, still feel sad about not being able to take any courses from my areas of interest. Who knows, maybe this was only the beginning. Maybe, I am going to like this university better. Only time will show!
If you are presented with the task of evaluating yourself for your job, you might be in search of tips on writing a self evaluation.
You don’t want to get caught in the trap of being too modest or too boastful – it is a difficult tightrope to walk. It does not have to be difficult, however, and it can be a great opportunity to display your good-natured self-confidence as an employee. Although it might not be easy to create a balance between these two qualities, writing a self evaluation can be a wonderful chance to showcase your skills and display your best qualities as an employee. A well-written self evaluation can impress your boss and reflect well on your skills and capabilities.
What Is a Self Evaluation?
It can be very intimidating to write about yourself and your skills – rating your progress and focusing on your best skills. Why would my boss want me to evaluate myself – and why can’t he or she just evaluate me according to what they are looking for? Employees in this predicament often get nervous that they will say or do the wrong thing while filing out their self evaluation.
Instead of worrying, think of this as the perfect opportunity to discuss yourself, your progress, and your pitfalls over the last few months. Sure, it might not be easy, but try criticizing or complimenting your own work. Many people discover it isn’t as difficult as everyone makes it out to be.
It might be a good idea to double check with your boss before you begin to see what he or she is looking for:
- Perhaps they have a form for you to fill out, like a questionnaire with bubbles, numbers, and fill in the blank response questions.
- Other bosses prefer an essay, or another style of writing. You want to be sure you get the information to your superior in the format they prefer.
- See if there are any particular topics that they need you to touch upon in your self evaluation.
Finding Your Own Voice: Communicating Clearly
In order to impress your boss at work, you are going to need to find your own voice and work from there. Include information which shows you have taken the time and energy to reflect upon your own skill set and performance.
- Talk about specific data points. Give an honest reflection of the work you do for the company, how well you have accomplished your objectives.
- Share your insights on your personal growth as an employee and your development as a leader.
- Outline in detail how you are making a difference. Your boss might not be aware of just all that you do for the company.
With a voice of confidence, dignity, and respect, you will effectively present the details your boss needs – and wants – to hear.
Writing Your Self Evaluation
Writing a perfect self evaluation takes a lot of time, thought, and effort. You want to create a draft of the form so that you have ensured that you have planned out your words, thoughts, and ideas.
Your reflections should seem polished and planned, not hasty and rude. Also check for formatting, spelling, and grammar: If you make any of these kinds of errors, your boss might focus on your mistakes instead of on your content.
Before writing, review company policies, company goals, and published mission statements.
- Look over your team’s goals, and discuss in specific details what you have and have not done to help your team meet these goals.
- Be honest: If you have made mistakes, own up to them, take responsibility, and discuss how you plan to move forward.
A self evaluation gives your boss your perspective on your performance and gives you an opportunity to do some thinking about the role you have played for the company.