Workshop Tutor: Han-na Cha
First and foremost, I am very happy to have been blogging until this point and so happy that I have seen myself until the end of the WSPA. There have been ups and downs trying to finish the WSPA award, many times I procrastinated to blog, and felt like giving up when I had so many deadlines, but I knew I couldn’t quit halfway and had to keep pushing, I am therefore very glad to be at this point writing my last blog post on the WSPA.
I have really learnt a lot from all the workshops and as I mentioned in one of my blog posts, had I done my undergraduate degree here at Warwick, or was I here for a longer period than one year, I would have definitely loved to attend more workshops that I did not get the chance to attend this year. For example, the critical thinking workshop, the career planning workshop and the learning strategies workshop. I think these would have been really useful to me and very beneficial. But, at the same time, I am very happy I got to attend the workshops that I did, I have seen my progress throughout the whole year and I feel like I am in a much better place as a person than when I started.
Another useful thing I will take away from the WSPA is the act of being reflective, I find it as a sort of therapy when I look back at what I have done and write about it. Even though I am no longer going to be blogging about the WSPA I will begin reflecting on other things of my life because I have thoroughly enjoyed that. Two years ago, I used to keep an online blog but sort of stopped that and I feel that its time I got back to doing it.
Blogging for the WSPA has really been beneficial to me, more than just the individual workshops I have done but also other things I can take on further in life. Its always good to sit down alone for a while and reflect on your life, be it what you have achieved or what you want to achieve in the future. Being honest with yourself where no one is judging you is really therapeutic and you can always look back in the future and see where you have come from. So reflecting for me is something which I have really found useful to me.
I will highlight the key things I have learnt from all the workshops.
Organizing yourself and your time: I always used to be late to everything before, and was not really organized in my academics because I often got distracted by social media such as facebook, Twitter or Youtube. By attending this workshop, the most useful thing I took away was to identify your time stealers and work on them. I am also a big procrastinator, something I am working on till this day, and I came to see how putting off studying really wastes a lot of time. When you sit to read then you think you will first make a cup or tea, or go on Facebook for 5 minutes...etc, the time is quickly wasted and before you know it the day is over. I have learnt to better manage my time and do what’s important at the right time. It’s good to prioritise all you have to do in order to be really organised.
Being Assertive: I attended this workshop because I found sometimes I found it really hard to say no to people, and the fact that sometimes I was really reserved and didn’t really open up as much. I wanted to learn how to attain self confidence in myself and be able to stand my ground without being aggressive. I wanted when people see me, their first impression of me they can know I am sure of myself and aren’t afraid to speak my mind. I found the workshop really useful in helping me know the steps towards achieving that. I learnt how to get used to the sound of my own voice, how to remain assertive even when other people just want to argue. Being assertive is a life long lesson.
Speedy Reading: My reason for attending this workshop was so that I could read faster. I felt over whelmed when I started a masters program in a subject I was not really familiar with, and therefore knew I had to walk the extra mile to read widely and do well in both my exams and essays. I learnt many techniques in this workshop such as softening my gaze, cutting out my inner sub vocalisation and using fixators while reading. It was a good experience for me to think of reading in a different way than I was used to.
Reading and Note Making: I attended this workshop to help me learn how to make better notes while I am reading, I often go through so many articles when I am reading and wanted to learn how to put all the different information together in an organised way. I learnt techniques such as mind mapping and using timelines. I have used these when working on my dissertation and I am glad I learnt them.
Academic writing for arts and Social Sciences: After my undergraduate, I didn’t want to produce the same type of essays that I had been doing before, I wanted my essay writing to improve and be at par with masters level standard and that’s why I attended this workshop. The most useful things I took away from this workshop was learning how to plan for any academic work, being critical and also using all the links provided in the workshop to aid in essay writing. I am very happy to report that I have achieved great results in all my essays and therefore very pleased with this workshop and the fact that I attended it and learnt from it.
Getting Started on the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award: This workshop put everything into perspective and all the workshops that I need to do. My undergraduate university did not have this sort of thing and I was happy to find it here. I wanted to achieve something else from Warwick University apart from my degree, I wanted to develop my personal as well as professional skills and I believe I have done just that.