Follow–up on Getting started on skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio
Workshop Tutor: Han-na Cha
Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points
- VARK Learning
After taking the questionnaire, my results were that I have a multi-modal Visual/Reading/Kinesthetic learning style. Specifically my score were:
- Visual: 7
- Aural: 3
- Read/Write: 8
- Kinesthetic: 10
This lines up well with what I thought before taking the test. I learn best by doing and practising, but I also learn well from reading/writing and looking. This lines up well with mathematics education, as a lot of teaching is in the form of notes/writing with diagrams, but to really learn it you have to apply it yourself by doing new problems/examples.
- To-Do List
I've found keeping a To-Do list to be really effective and helpful for getting things done in a timely manner. It really helps me organise my tasks and acts as help motivating myself to be productive. It's a bit harder to sit around doing nothing when the items on my to-do list are staring at me. It also helps to alleviate the sense of "I'm forgetting something, what should I be doing?" when I really do have a bit of free time. The only problem I have is remembering to pick it up and carry it when I go out to campus. Perhaps I need to write "Pick up to-do list" on my to-do list.
I've found focusing on pragmatism to quite useful for the applied maths modules I took this term. I found that I was answering more questions in class and generally keeping up better. I'll try and practise this approach more during revision and hopefully improve my performance on the exams next term.
I haven't been amazing at this. As always I've found myself really busy with a combination of work and extra-curricular activities. I find it really hard to find time to really perfect a piece of work, as I don't remember to get started until the deadline is already looming. I'll have to try and work on this in future, although I may not have too much oppurtunity this year as all I have left are revision and exams.