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November 12, 2011

First entry on Speed reading

Workshop Tutor: Han-Na Cha


In my opinion, the speed reading is another useful workshop for students in developing and improving their learning journey. By attending this workshop, I am able to know my reading speed level and how to improve the speed. In masters level, students are required to have lots of reading on books and journals. Learning new reading techniques will enhance my reading speed and help me reading more materials to undertstand my subject better.

I found that there are three useful reading techniques which I am going to apply during my reading time. The workshop tutor have suggested to have a proper position from the reader and paper (around 30cm), use a pointer such as pencil or pen to guide us and reduce subvocalization.


  1. I will use a pointer such as my finger or pencil to keep me more focus on my reading.

  2. I will reduce subvocalization when I am reading the texts.

  3. I  will avoid "skip-backing" on materials that I read or try reading more slowly if the materials are new or difficult topics.

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First entry on An introduction to skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Workshop Tutor: Han-Na Cha


In my point of view, the introduction to skills development and the warwick skills portfolio was very good for students to know, understand and reflect their personality. By knowing and understanding our personality types and learning style, it will help us creating appropriate or suitable learning strategies in order to enhance our own learning journey. In addition, you will be able to make an action plan which areas of ourselves need improvement by joining other warwick skills workshops.

Personally, I don't find any surprises about myself since I have completed several personal development tests in the past. I know my personality type and learning style very well, however this workshop has been able to remind myself to be more reflective since it's one part of my weaknesses. I am an activist and pragmatic person which make me think about more on action part but not putting too much effort or time in reflecting what I have done.


  1. I will spare 10-15 minutes everyday to reflect on my learning experiences or activities on that day.

  2. I am going to read and review some parts related to theorist and reflective characteristics of the the learning styles questionaire book given from the workshop.

  3. I am encouraging myself to achieve this WSPA since it will help me making a structured reflection on the blog.

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