May 31, 2011

Final entry for Warwick Skills Portfolio Awards

Follow-up to P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio– Volume 4 from Erma's blog

Final entry for Warwick Skills Portfolio Awards

"You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great." - Zig Ziglar

I am an ordinary person but with extraordinary dreams. To be able to talk confidently to people, communicate proficiently and be an approachable person to all members of society, are dreams that I wanted to achieve. Warwick Skills Workshops are my starting point to help me chase this dream. Everything started from zero until I am today. As time passes by, I realise I am no longer the old me. I keep on growing to be more assertive, more organised and the most important thing is that I have more confidence in my life.

It all began last year when one of my lecturers suggested that my friends and I sign up for the workshops. At first, my shyness and lack of confidence to mingle especially with international students held back my intention to follow the workshops. However, I was amazed to see some of my friends who were brave enough to sign up for the workshops and managed to join the entire program successfully, made progress from time to time in being more confident and more organised in academic writing as well as actively contributing to seminars. They said it all began with the Warwick Skills Workshop.

Deep in my heart, I wanted to be like them or even better. Feeling sad and regret for missing those golden opportunities it in my first year, I joined the workshops in my second year. I put aside all my shy and timid feelings and I managed to break free from that cocoon of mine. I now feel the same as Mark Twain when he wrote:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Alongside the workshops, I realised there is much that I need to explore about myself in terms of my personal skills as well as my academic approach. Then I realized that in order to change things, I need to change myself first. Thus, it is true that the biggest room for improvement in this world is the room for self improvement. I will never learn if I do not start to learn. Learning is a long process and it will not stop at one point. Nothing can stop me from improving myself to be better than before. As I was becoming more mature in my studies at Warwick, I wanted to thrive in my personal development, academic and career management skills; I wish to expand my skills development day by day. Hence, I should grab and not miss all the opportunities for self-improvement by joining all the workshops.

After being advised by my lecturers, I enrolled for these workshops: An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio, A1 Reading and Note Making, P4 Delivering Effective Presentations, P5 Effective Seminar Participation, P2 Becoming More Assertive and last but not least A2  Academic Writing For Science and Engineering Students. All these workshops are very useful and helped me, not just in my academic but also in my personal development.

In terms of my academic skills, I have learnt how to write more formal and academic texts. Besides this, I have gained a greater insight into how to avoid plagiarism and review my use of English grammar. By joining the reading and note-making workshop, it has helped me to improve my reading skills and note-making. For sure, I did find that I could understand the subject better. By attending Delivering Effective Presentations, I have improved a lot in my body language, intonation and language. I have been experiencing the "virtuous" circle in which things that I have "learnt", have been "applied", and this is becoming "natural" through body language, intonation and language. I could feel that I have developed these aspects even though I might not be a hundred percent perfect in communication. In terms of what I obtained from attending P5 Effective Seminar Participation, I learned that being active simply means being involved in the activity and being positive in action as well as mind.

In the P2 workshop Becoming More Assertive, I realised that being assertive helps me to enter conflict without aggression and to find ways of resolving or managing conflict. Conflict is unpredictable as it is "natural" when we interact with other people. Therefore, it is best to be assertive rather than aggressive or passive.

To conclude, my choice to enrol on An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio in the first place was a smart action for me. I have learnt so many skills that I lacked before, such as communication skills. As a future teacher, I should have an effective communication style so as to interact with students; if I do not, then of course my attempts to transfer knowledge will fail. Other than that, without my consent, I have pushed myself to be more socialised or, in other words, mingle more with other international students.

For me, this is the best opportunity to grab during the workshops as I have lots of chances to interact with other students from all over the world. In addition, I have practised writing blogs such as Warwick Blogs and now enjoy sharing my experiences and thoughts with others. Perhaps, I will continue joining other workshops such as career management next year as it will be my final year. I would like to express my gratitude to The Warwick Skills Workshops which are offered by the Undergraduate Skills Programme and the Masters Skills Programme. Not forgetting all workshop tutors for sharing all the knowledge and being so helpful throughout the workshops.

To conclude, I would indeed recommend all students who have not yet signed up for the workshops to enrol on at least one of these workshops. Being a student at Warwick is one of the biggest opportunities for us to develop our skills not only in academic writing but also in personal development. We are able to learn all the useful and practical techniques from the professional and experienced tutors that are hard to find outside a top university like Warwick and, what is more, the training is free. Believe me, by joining these workshops, you have made your first step to achieve your dreams and bring them alive.

“Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.” Langston Hughes.

February 14, 2011

P5 Effective Seminar Participation – Final Review

Follow-up to P5 Effective Seminar Participation Volume 3 from Erma's blog

P5 Effective Seminar Participation

Final Review


         Being active simply means being involving in the activity. Last weekend , I went to Old Folks home in Canley. It was my first and I was very excited to go and joined Warwick Volunteers . Honestly, I was a bit worried that I might not be able to engage in the activities as I am still new of volunteering works. However, my perceptions changed 360 celcius when I  found that it is very ease to involved in the communication even though I am  new.

       I think positive and start with a smiling warm . Surprisingly, I got positive feedback. Wihout I expect, the old grandafathers and the old grandmothers smiled to me back and shared their stories. Some of them kept singing and called me "love" . They said that they are very happy to  met and spent time with me and asked me to come again.

       I was very happy and enjoyed my visit. I found that to be effectively involved in the communication is that I need to be confident with myself and be a good speaker as well as listener. Thus , I realised that Effective seminar participation workshop is very useful and helped me to improve  better. I wolud like to recommended this workshop to my friends in the future.

Wish me best of luck,



January 25, 2011

P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio– Volume 4

Follow-up to P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio– Volume 3 from Erma's blog

An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio - Volume 4

My progress and development

     Time has passed so quickly and without I realized , I had completed six workhsop.  All these workshop really helped me a  lot  in order to develop my skills. Therefore I made a numbered list of all key action points for P1 workshop which can help me to measure how well I have progressed . There are :

  • Communication. In terms of communication, I have develop so many aspects such as body language, intonation  and even be more confident.
  • Time- management . As I  am second year student for this year, there will be a lot of assignment and coursework. Therefore, I  made my own  timetable so that I will not be procrastinate.
  • Academic writing. I went to the academic writing workshop and I gained a lot of new information. I also met my tutor personally and ask for his consult. Besides , I had already improved my ways of writing.
  • Action plan. I have already register for the volunteer society in warwick university. I really hope that I will be able to mingle with others as well as contribute to society and be an activist in the future.

Best wishes ,



January 17, 2011

P5 Effective Seminar Participation Volume 3

Follow-up to P5 Effective Seminar Participation Volume 2 from Erma's blog


P5 Effective Seminar Participation - My Progress And Development

              Winter holidays is already over and it is now the time to come back for academic learning. During the winter holidays , I went to spain and have a very great experience  as well as bad experience. One of my bad experience was when I saw  my friend's wallet has been pickpocket in a train. We was shocked and clueless. Suddenly,  an old, Spanish man came  and try to console  my friend with his Spanish language upon seeing the incident. I felt so bad as I could not speak Spanish with him. Instead of speaking , I used my body language and gestures. Kindly, he brought us to the nearby police station and again he helped us to explain to the police officer.

              We we brought in the private  room  and we have been introduced  with one of the police woman that could speak and understand English. At first, we were having the miscommunication as she could not understand some of English words. I tried my best to explain to her word by word. It has been almost 2 hours we have spent our days at police station.

               Apart from this incident, I realised that language  plays the vital role in communication. It is not how well your language  is but how well you can  use your language to deliver the message to the hearer. Thus I really found that by joining the effective seminar participation has helped me a lot. I learnt how to participate in the communication even though I only now a few of Spanish words. What a wonderful experience !

P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio– Volume 3

Follow-up to PI An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award Volume 2 from Erma's blog

P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award - Volume 3

MY Progress And Development

           I am in my second term of my second year of study. I have already finished five workshops and another one more to go. Honestly, I feel so excited to finish my last workshop by this week. After attended five workshop , I find many progress and development about myself.

         One of them is I am now becoming more assertive and be more confident in giving opinion. I really feel that all the workshop that I have attended gave big effect to me. I am no more  feel inferior towards others. Hence, these workshops are very useful and for the time being, I did promote the workshops to all my friends and encourage them to sign up.  Even though we are  already in second term, I did asked my friends to join as there are so many interesting workshop t. It is better late than never.



November 13, 2010

P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award

P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award

3 November 2010

Workshop Tutor : Mary Sage

   It was an enjoyable and useful workshop. Honestly , I learnt so many new things and discovered many things  about myself too. During the workshop, I was asked to do Skill Questionnaire and The Learning Styles Questionnaires. From the results, I just realised  my  weaknesses that I  need to  improve  and there are  :

a) Communication

b) Time-management

c) Action Planning

d) Academic Writing

Fortunately, during the discussion in the workshop, my tutor, Mary has helped me by giving  me some suggestions to improve myself. I do realised that in order to improve my communication skills, I do need to enhance my social networking, making  new friends and mingle  with others.Besides, I also need to be strict to myself in managing my time and read a lot of journal in order to improve my academic writing. I noticed that there is no  such a short cut to success, everything is hard work. Nobody will help to change myself before I make a change first.

Not only that, I just realised a new thing about me. From the questionnaire results,  it shows that I was a pragmatist person. Surprisingly, I was not good at activist. Therefore, I need to be balance in order to be a better person. In the future, I need to be actively look for new things to do and be an experimenter !

Let's change for the better  =)


PI An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award Volume 2

P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio Award Volume 2

My Progress and Development

" Nobody will make you inferior without your consent " ( Eleanor Roosevelt)

Time goes by and it is the right time for me to move from my  theoretical aspect of what I have learned from the workshop that I have attended  to and put it into practice in real life.  I know it will not be so easy but I need to be strict to myself for this time. I have already manage my time wisely and I do make sure all things work no matter in what situations. Get the first things done.

Recently, I have volunteer myself to help for charity week in Warwick University. By doing so, I do hope that I will help myself to be a better activist. Besides, I do sign up for Host Programme in UK. Hopefully , I will be choosen and have the golden opportunity to mingle around.

Last but not least, I have already sign up for several coming workshops. I do hope I will able to get the place and attend the workshop. I realised that nobody will change myself before I can changed myself first.

Wish me best of luck =)


P5 Effective Seminar Participation Volume 2

13th November 2010

P5 Effective Seminar Participation: My Progress and Development.

    It has been almost three weeks since I attend this workshop. I believe that every seminar makes a big contribution to my life. Alhamdulillah  and all praises to God, I have been more confident in delivering my ideas.

     Recently, in my seminar  which is Content in the Language Classroom ( CILC ) , we were asked to prepare for the reading in seminar. In the seminar, my tutor, Andy asked us to share with the class what we had read. Nobody raised their hands to share as everyone feel afraid and lack of confidence. As a result, Andy said those who volunteer to share their readings will be given a bar of chocolate. Surprisingly, I raised my right hand, and said, Andy, I would like  to share mine.

     I never imagined before that I would be brave like this. This is what I got from the workshop. Never feel afraid of sharing my ideas, as there is no right or wrong answer. In the next class, Andy has fulfilled his promise to give  me chocolate  in front of my classmates. Everyone feel a bit jealously, I guess.


     From now on, I still need to work very hard especially in speaking. Therefore, I need to speak more and listen more especially in BBC news and make friends with new people. Besides, I was so happy as I get new friends during this workshop and even they have become my friends on facebook .

" Just Do It ! "  (Nike)

Wish me best of luck =)


P5 Effective Seminar Participation Volume 1

26 October 2010

P5 Effective Seminar Participation

Tutor: Bev Walshe

Salam  and Hi Everyone =)

Today I would like to share my  experience in  joining P5 Effective Seminar Participation. It was a wonderful experience for me as I learnt a lot of new things about seminar. What is the most important thing is the workshop has totally changed my impression about seminar.

In this workshop, I have learnt many communication skills, both verbal dan non-verbal which help me to actively engage in future seminar .

During the workshop , I have many opportunities to  :

1) Knowing the truth about seminar, the purposes and how to prepare effectively for them

2) Learnt the key skills required to successfully participate in seminars such as body language and eye contact.

3) Gain more confidence in seminar participation by practising these skills in a safe environment.

In short, I am very grateful for having a chance to join this workshop and I do hope in the future I will be able to speak more confidently and assertively in the seminar.

Wish me best of luck =)

~ The biggerst room for improvement in this world is the room for self improvement ~


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