Practice makes perfect, so all of the time we spent practicing figure and gesture drawing helped a lot. We watched a couple videos about gesture drawing, which helped me understand the technical things about it (such as time management, technique, etc.)
My work kind of always looks not good and this time was really no different. Since my anatomy didn't look right, neither did the drawings. What I'm trying to say is that gesture drawing didn't hurt my art skills, but it also only helped a little bit.