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November 08, 2011

An Introduction to Skills Development Part IV – Afterthoughts

Follow-up to An Introduction to Skills Development Part III – I'm Actually Finding it Difficult to Tell from Midgley, Christopher - Pointless twaddle and meaningless diatribes

Tutor was Samena Rashid.

According to my booklet thing today is the date for the final blog entry! Seems slightly early but doesn’t really matter.

First improvement: I found later on that I should have some way of checking progress that definitely only checks that. When I’m trying to change something about how I think when I’m not thinking about it this is rather vague, and would have been helped had I thought about how much I thought about things before responding before I started this thing, because now I’ve no benchmarks so I can’t really evaluate whether I’ve done better or not on that point.

What went well? I achieved perhaps half what I tried. Trying P12 has lead me to find links, which is always nice. Trying T23 has probably not done much – it may have increased my speed of thinking about a problem, but as I never timed myself or anything before starting I won’t be able to tell. A13 has lead me to puzzle a few ways where my answers disagree with other people’s (example: probability: a different interpretation of “no preference for direction”). Additionally answering the wrong question (or a slight variation) is an interesting aside.

I still don’t think I’ve finished with the plan – it seems a fairly long term thing, and I’ll probably revert to existing behaviours if I stop actively thinking about it. I also may have tried to do too much – while I’ve started on the path, I shouldn’t have expected to be anywhere near the end.


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