September 28, 2004

To go out? Or not?

This is just something that has been bugging me. In my kitchen, the question: "Are you going out tonight?" is a common one, and when someone answers no, it is automatically assumed that they are in some way unwell, because of course, no one could possibly not want to go out by choice?!?
Okay, so this may be a minor point, but it is something that I have been pondering about. Why is it only considered a 'night out' if it
a) involves vast quantities of alcohol, or
b) lasts until 2am?

I spent a really enjoyable evening just sitting and chatting to a couple of new friends, but because we were tired and came back to the hall at 9.30, it couldn't possibly have been a good night….

Oh well, I'll climb down off my soapbox now.
I'm enjoying this blogging thing, great for letting off steam!

Chemistry Team Building

Today the new Chemistry MChem students gathered with some of the academic staff in the Cryfield Sports Pavilion for a 'team building' session.
What can I say? It was great!
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other people on my course, and the activities were interesting, stimulating and well prepared. My past experience of this sort of thing is the Induction day at my Sixth Form, which was so farcical in comparison it's umbelievable. I was surprised (but pleased) that everyone was so friendly and non-judgemental, and they were all willing to participate fully.
I found the other people in my group to be wonderful, friendly and very down to earth, which I was very pleased about!
So yeah, the team building was excellent, and it surprised me to find that many other departments do not do a similar activity, as I'm sure most people would find it beneficial.

Looking forward to tomorrow….

My Learning Style

Writing about web page

Aim of the Learning Styles activity
  • To enable you to understand your own approach to learning better
  • To adapt your learning strategy to be most effective during your time as a student at Warwick.
  • I had a moderate preference for being an Activist
  • I had a strong preference for being a Reflector
  • I had a strong preference for being a Theorist
  • I had a strong preference for being a Pragmatist

My strongest preference was found to be: Reflector (79%)

This Learning Styles activity was devised by Warwick Skills

I found this quiz to be a fascinating exercise.
I was not surprised that my greatest preference is for being a Reflector, as I know I am a deep thinker, and I have always been the type to overanalyse.
According to 'How Reflectors Learn Best' I am best suited to an unpressured, thoughtful environment where I can observe others and learn from them. I feel this is fairly accurate. I enjoy observing skilled people at work (even when I was younger and was taken to visit glass-blowing factories or potteries, I would stand for hours and watch the craftsmen.)
I have an eye for detail, and after this sort of observation, I tend to remember the skills demonstrated in great detail, and can often reproduce them myself at a later time.
I don't necessarily believe that I don't work well under pressure, especially if the task at hand is an intellectual one, but pressure does unsettle me, and I am more comfortable in a more controlled environment.
As for 'Disadvantages' of being a reflector, I am less in agreement. While it is true that I tend to leave things dormant for a long time, whilst I think them through in great detail, I don't believe the following statements are particularly accurate:
'Donít organise work well'
'Donít like work or revision timetables'
'Only work in bursts of energy'
'Forget to bring key books, etc. for homework'
'Are easily distracted from the job in hand'

It is true to say that I only like to work when I have time enough to sit and concentrate, and I tend to complete assignments in several shorter sessions rather than one large session, I am not disorganised (in fact I am often organised to the point of paranoia,) and I am not forgetful. I re-run sets of instructions in my head many times, so that forgetting them is impossible, and my nature is one that likes to be prepared and in control.

I am definitely not an activist, at least I don't think I am. I believe myself to be quite shy and uncertain, but others seem to perceive me as confident and outgoing. Perhaps the reason for this discrepancy is that I am a perfectionist who judges herself harshly, so instead of seeing a confident person, I see a shy person pretending to be confident.

I think I have 'reflected' quite enough on this activity, though I haven't really scraped the surface of this subject. I cannot decide whether it would be more productive to learn from the insight I have gained to learn in a style that suits me, or to try and develop skills to learn via any of the styles. Maybe this would be asking too much?

I recommend anyone to take this quiz, and a dare you not to be fascinated by the response.

Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to my blog!
I like to keep journals, or more specifically, I like the idea of keeping a journal, but can never be disciplined enough to keep it up!
So, I started this blog in the hope that the fact it is typed and not handwritten will make it:
a) more legible
b) a less onerous task to keep it up to date.

More to come….

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