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October 27, 2011

A4: Memory and Sense

Follow-up to Effective Learning Skills? VARK! from Midgley, Christopher - Pointless twaddle and meaningless diatribes

Tutor was Ceri Marriott.

Take advantage of synaesthesia of memory by associating words with colours/sounds/whatever – give yourself more mental hooks to connect ideas with
This one has so far gone differently to how I expected – I’m remembering things based on the order of introduction and internal links instead of anything else. Haven’t really noticed myself remembering more, either. Rather odd, really. I can remember some of the colour associations I made, but not the context (which is unhelpful), and I can’t remember any of the sound ones. I was expecting this to do /something/, and least :/. I’ll keep trying it – mayhap it’s the newness of the technique.

Try to remember things based on what was said, as opposed to what was written
Paying more attention to what’s actually being said, there’s a large contrast – some lecturers don’t narrate much of anything, some say somewhat more than they write. I still don’t focus for all of a spoken paragraph if nothing is written, which is something I hope to fix, but I least I notice something else is actually being said, now.


An Introduction to Skills Development Part II – Developing Skills?

Follow-up to An Introduction to Skills Development (and the Warwick Skills Portfolio) from Midgley, Christopher - Pointless twaddle and meaningless diatribes

Slightly more than a week has passed, evaluation time! Tutor was Samena Rashid.

P12, slightly modified: When I hear about a new idea or technique, I immediately start working out how to apply it to other situations/problems – the benefits of said idea/technique.
I can now see how some techniques in other fields might relate to a problem I’m working on, but I still don’t wonder what else they could be used for. Most of the time I don’t even recognise other uses within the module itself.

T23: I prefer to evaluate the soundness of my ideas before sharing them.
I..think I’ve said less foolish things recently? This is somewhat related to A13, but I still tend to vocalise my route even as I’m exploring it. I’ll try to ponder a while longer on ideas for this one.

A13: I like the challenge of trying out different ways of doing things.
I’m reading more, if slowly. I can spot different paths to the answer on the subjects where it’s easier to do that (Combinatorics, Stats) but actively avoiding other solutions in some modules, like Analysis, where I stick to my guns no matter how far afield I wind up. This part is also related to P12 – the routes I like to solve things by are rather well defined.


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