Frankly, I was glad that I joined all these Warwick Skills workshops; Effective Learning and Revision Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Becoming More Assertive, An Introduction to Skills Development and Warwick Skills Portfolio, Critical Thinking, and Self Organisation and Time Management. I learned a lot and they really opened up my eyes in viewing the world in another angle. I never achieve such a big acomplishment beforehand. All those skills indeed helped me a lot in making me a better person in the future. I was and would keep trying hard to adapt all those effective skills in my new academic year. I hoped that I could maintain my dicipline in applying those strategies continuosly even though there would be some obtacles awaiting for me in the next few years which might weaken my faith in applying those skills.
In the workshop 'An Introduction to Skills Development and Warwick Skills Portfolio', I learned how to reflect on myself and did some self-evaluation. Every skill that I had obtained would be applied in my daily routines eventually. Although this might take time, the result is pleasing and satisfactory. In this workshop, it actually helped me to develop my writing skills because I would have to update this academic blog gradually. At least, it forced me to generate my brain continuosly in using words and sentences. Besides that, I could actually voice out my own reflections, opinions, questions and feelings when I was self-evaluating. This skill was very useful in releasing my pressure as keeping everything in heart would be much more a burden to me.
At first, all my skills were developing slowly, in which I needed to put many efforts in order to achieve my goals. I was afraid to do whatever I wanted to do as it concerned on the people beside me and also some inferiority in my own self. I had very low self-esteem and following exactly what other people did would be the best choice for me. I never questioned my own doings, whether they were right or wrong. As for now, I really think about this question for several times and make a wise decision after thinking in different perspectives.
In Effective Learning and Revision Skills, I gained a lot of effective learning skills which were very helpful in my first academic year. I never serious in planning my own timetables and setting deadlines on my tasks, especially academic stuffs. Before this, I would just did rote learning instead of studying smartly. As for me, rote learning was the best strategy in getting a good grade in examinations and this rote learning had been accompanying me since primary school. I never like to take notes, transfer main points onto the paper, make mind-maps and do a short summary on the topic given. In my perception, all these works were actually wasting my time. However, after I attended this workshop and tried to work hard onto it, I began to realize that all those skills are crucial in the academic success. Nowadays, I would take out my different colours highlighters and highlighted whatever main points that would concern about. Afterwards, I would try to make short notes and write the notes down onto papers. Even though, it had been taking a lot of time to do that, I knew that it was worth it. In the end, I could just revise on the short notes that I had made. All those short notes, mind-maps and charts decreased the level of difficulties in my study.
Apart from that, whenever I was doing my revisions or study, I would make sure that I understood the topic first before I moved on to the next topic. Other skills which were quite important were skimming and scanning. Sometimes, I would rather skip some topics that were not really important and focused on the main points. Sometimes, I would take a short fast glance on the topic if the articles given are very lengthy. Time is an important factor here and I knew that I should not putting so much time in seeing every single words in the respected article.
In Emotional Intelligence, I was able to control my own feelings nowadays. I would not let myself for being too emotional attached to certain cases and people. Uncontrollable emotions and feelings would very much affected my future lifestyles and they would cause some incovenience in completing my tasks later on. However, I would hide my own feelings sometimes because I would not want to hurt other people or trouble them. As for me, the ability of solving my own problems is very important in my perspective. Sometimes, I would rather voice out my own opinions and feelings in an appropriate manner so that other people woould not feel uncomfortable with my words. I was truly glad that my emotional intelligence improved a lot in this case.
Furthermore, in Being More Assertive workshop, this was the worshop that seems hardest to me. I was a passive and low self-esteem person beforehand. I did not dare to volunteer in class and I had low confidence in speaking and also pouring out my own opinions. I felt that other people were always better than me. I did not expect much from other people and also from myself. However, this worshop really had changed my life. I am becoming more assertive nowadays! Whenever I disgreed with something, I would be honest in my words and mind. I learned how to say NO to certain thing and to people. This is what I was proud of. Apart from that, I always remember the slogan 'Rising heads falling tails'. It was such an effective skill and I think that everyone should be exposed to this strategy. People will pay more respect to me and listen to my opinions if I am speaking in this manner. They really listen to you! Screaming or shouting at people are not necessary at all. What is the most important thing to find a way to make you being heard.
As for Critical Thinking, I would honestly say that the skills that I learned from this workshop had improved my level of critical thinking. Even though I am not professional enough, I would still try hard to think out the box and find the reasons hidden behind eack formula or story. I did realized that knowledge was very essential if I really wanted to increase my standard of thinking. Reading a lot is one of the main key in attaining this aim and without knowledge, I admitted that it was indeed very hard to analyse fully the respected story. Knowing the issues around the globe and worldwide perspectives are some of the important points in contributing towards the effectiveness of critical thinking. Judgement and evaluation are made from every single angle of the case, so that it would be unbiassed and impartial.
Lastly, the last workshop that I attended was the Self Organisation and Time Management workshop. The most important element that I would like to share was setting up priority list. I learned how to judge which thing needed to be priotised and which ones are ess important. Urgency is another factor that would affect my works. I figured out that setting deadlines for all my tasks and works are essential to ensure that I could complete and also revise my work in order to produce the best production or outcome. I would use diary or timetables to plan my time and work nowadays. I reduced my self- entertainment time and focused more on family and friend's relationship. I tried hard to dicipline myself and divided my time wisely.