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January 08, 2012

Follow–up on Introduction to critical thinking

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

  1. I will apply the critical way process (purpose, audience, key information, logical order) in writing my assignment.

    This strategy has been useful whilst I'm writing my assignment. At the beginning of my writing, I just wrote the most important and needed information for my topic. Then, during the self proof reading, I started thinking the order based on logical order, purpose, key information and audience.

  2. I will prepare a set of challenging questions  or mindset when reading books and articles.

    I have new habits after applying this strategy when reading a book. My old habits usually just read the title and interesting parts. However, my new habits due to this strategy have made me not only reading the titles but also the published year and contents. I also check some references after reading a book or journal more often to review and use some powerful resources directly.

  3. I will use different kinds of perspective either advantages/disadvantages or positive/negative when I am writing my assignment.

    Another strategy has made me aware when I'm collecting the sources of my assignment topic. To include the positive and negative opinion based on some journals in balanced. Sometimes I have tendency to allocate more on the positive sides to support my strategies. At least, this strategy has been giving me an awareness to balance and argue the both sides (positive/negative or advantages/disadvantages).

December 13, 2011

Follow–up on An introduction to skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

It has been a good christmas break for me which enable me to have more time to reflect what I have done so far from the beginning of term 1. My action plans have been going well even though sometimes it's difficult to manage my time in spending self-reflection time,  social time and assignment progress time. 

At least two of my action plans have been progressing especially the written reflective blog that reminds me to be more reflective. I keep motivating myself to evaluate several situations so that enable to reflect and improve further actions in my learning journey.

December 12, 2011

Follow–up on Speed reading

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

To some extent, I have improved my reading skills particularly in increasing the speed and understanding the text. So far, I have been more confident to tap and read the texts from the middle rather than word to word which might be time-consuming. The skip-backing strategy has been very useful for my reading time. As the tutor's suggestion in my previous blog, I stop and record some important learning topics using different ways such as highlighting the texts or typing them in my laptop.

On the other hand, I am still struggling to reduce the subvocalization in reading the texts. I tried to eat some snack when I was reading a book last week but in fact I lost my concentration. I can't try chewing the gum as suggested by the website and tutor since I don't really like it. Hopefully, I can find more powerful strategies to reduce the subvocalization.

November 23, 2011

Follow–up on Speed reading

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

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

    The green pencil given by Warwick has been my favourite pointer since I can easily use it to circle some key points. And, the bright colour of the pencil somehow make me more enthusiastic in reading :)

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

    This is the most difficult part for me to apply since I get used to do it even sometimes I like to read aloud the text in order to practice my pronunciation. I am more counting on the pointer to read faster by tapping it to the middle of the text and skip the first and last word of a sentence if the text is not a new theory. I think that I still need some practices and suggestions to reduce the subvocalization when reading a text.

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

    I have been able to implement the "skip-backing" and able to help saving my reading time. However, in several cases, I am still doing "skip-backing" if I can't understand the idea or topic after reading the whole text.

Follow–up on An introduction to skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

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

    I find that having a reflection time regularly has made me calmer and thinker before I share or express my opinion. It has helped me out to review things within a day that work successfully of unsuccessfully. Although, it's hard to spare a short of time at the end of the day so that sometimes I am only able to do my self-reflection two or three times in a week.

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

    I have reviewed and tried to understand more on the disadvantages of an activist & pragmatic part since I need to be more reflective in order to balance my personality. I think I will read again to monitor my own progress whether I have improved myself on my weaknesses as an activist & pragmatic.

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

    This is my first time to have a structured form of reflection by writing a blog. It's good to have the written reflection if you have joined different kinds of workshop since we tend to forget the powerful strategies or tips from the previous workshop. The blog has made me to revisit the handout and review my notes in order to check whether I have applied all the given strategies.

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