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January 11, 2012

A2 Final Entry

Looking back till the time of taking the workshops I can say with confidence that I have fulfilled my action plan and continue to work on it to this day through more interesting emans of reading fiance magazines like the economist which are an entertaining and engaging read. I am more aware of things in the wider world and its issues. More improtantly for me I can understand the sort of way poeple who work in financial companies speak and jargon (courtesy of The Gateway paper). So even though the workshop itself was not particualrly helpful it gave me something else to think about and continue to work on in the future.

Harun Ahasan

Tutor: Amanda Randall


A2 Reflective Entry

Looking back over the 4 weeks of attending the A2 Workshop I believe that although most of the content covered was not of much use to me I have still been able to take something out of the experience and to work on my weaknesses. Now with internship applicatiohns drawing near I have increasingly taken to reading materials related to that world of work and therefore to my own studies. This has expanded my vocabulary and made me aware of the language used in those institutions. So in essence I should have ahad a one point action plan in which I just read magazines and newspapers about finance and other related issues on economy etc.


Tutor: Amanda Randall


A2 Reflective Entry

After attending the workshop A2 Academic writing for science and engineering students I have realized that my actiopn plan is quite ineffective in that learing more vocabulary isnt really something that is a response to that workshop; its a more general objective. In terms of learning more about vocabulary used in academia I think that there should be an objective within that; which is simply to do more research on certain terms and definitions because with practice your usage of the different languages of science will increase and youll be able to use them more effectively ultimately benefitting you in your studies. The 1st point of my action plan has failed quite miserably although I have been reading magazines relating to issues i study so I guess that hads helped with the second poiont and also with the first as they are both inexpressably linked.

Tutor: Amanda Randall


A2 Action Plan

After attending the workshop A2 academic writing for engineering and science students. My action plan is as follows:

1. To improve the quality of my vocabulary

2. To distinguish between academic vocabulary and that suited for everyday purposes

I have noticed that my vocabulary is sadly lacking despite me being able to understand most of the words. Also I need to understand ina deeper context the text used in books for my courses becuase in academia words can oftenhave different meanings than the ones used in everyday life.

Tutor: Amanda Randall


P1 Reflective Entry

After another 3 weeks of applications for internships I have effectively done some of those exercises i did in the workshop to give me some ideas of how I can respond to the questions in the application. I still effectively demonstate points 1 and 3 in my action plan. However, I have to say that I have not in any way done anything new recently or participated in new activities. In some ways I believe its becuase I concentrate all my efforts in one area. I think thats something that I should consider and possibly attend the workshop for organsing yourself and your time. Apart from this I think Im releatively on track for the Warwick Portfolio Skills award and am looking to do some of the more varied aspects in the programme

Harun Ahasan

Tutor: Han Na Cha


P1 Reflective Entry

I have tried my best to implement my action plan from my first blog. I have recently started the 1st point as the time for internship deadlines is closer on the horizon. The 3rd point is the one ive taken most to heart; i try to be more hounest with my performances and to get a certain midset, that th8is is my life and i need to monitor my own performance and make my own changes; not rely on others to make the decision for me


Tutor: Han Na Cha


P2 final entry

This will be my final blog entry for the Warwick Portfoli Skills award workshop P2 Becoming more Assertive.

I have now failed and suceeded to continue practicing the falling head level intonation especially when occupied with academic matters but have increasingly given it more thought with interviews and other job applucations getting closer. My body language has improved steadily though as I have forsaken the habit of crossing hands in front of me except on soem very stressful occasions. I address people clearly and maintain eye contact so as not to make anyone think im not interested in what theyre saying. Overall I think this has been one of the best workshops and I am definitely going to continue administering the lessons I learnt in those three hours.

Tutor: Bev Walshe


P2 reflective entry

Looking back i have realized the value of body language when it comes to communication. There have been cases when I have seen the effects by changing my body posture and intonation on purpose to get a response and others where i dont do anything and i still get people to think of me in a certain way. I am trying to get in regular practice for interviews for internship applications in order to present a proffesional image; although I have not done any practice at all. So hopefully the career oppurtunities from the interviews should give me some motivation to continue practcing.


Tutor: Bev Walshe


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