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January 23, 2010


Follow-up to P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio from Just me...mEi LiNG's blog * :)

These are the aspects that I would like to improve on for the next four weeks:

--mei ling (0936627)--


Being Assertive Critical thinking    Initiative



  • Revise schedule and  better time management.
  • No delayed works.
  • Priority on academic.
  • Learn to say 'NO'.
  • Learn on how to argue my opinion.
  • Speaking with the right intonation and volume.
  • Outspoken/ Straighforward.
  • Be more creative and critically thinking.
  • Judge from different perspectives (not only in my shoes).
  • Brave to take the first move/ step.
  • Active participation.
  • Volunteering.

  • Self-discipline.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Optimistic.
  • Independent.

P6 An Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

20th January 2010

Tutor: Samantha Tarren

Emotional Intelligence- a very interesting topic to talk on. Honestly, my main objective for attending this workshop is to increase my EQ and develop my way of thinking. Besides that, I want to learn on how to handle my personal and other situations professionally.

I liked the quotation taken from Aristotle very much: "To be angry is simple...but to be angry with the RIGHT PERSON, to the RIGHT DEGREE, at the RIGHT TIME, for the RIGHT REASON in the RIGHT WAY is a rare ability." We tend to release our emotions so easily, without knowing the professional way to do it.

Basically, emotional intelligence is about feelings. It is about everyone's feelings and how we can relate and manage those feelings. In this case, personal and social competence are very important skills to maintain our balanced emotional feelings. Self-awareness, self-regulation, self motivation, social awareness and social skills are those values that we should appy in our daily routines. If we are able achieve those, we can be a better well-being in terms of relationships, emotion and professional prospects.

I just want to be happier and more matured person in the future. I want to be an independent learner who can handle my things professionally without being affected my someone or something. I want to stay calm and cool even if something unplesant happens. That is what I want to improve on.

--mei ling (0936627)--

P2 Becoming More Assertive

18th January 2010

Tutor: Bev Walshe

Am I being assertive before this? The answer is NO! That was the main reason for me to attend this worshop. I want to learn the SKILLS and figure out whether I could do it or not.

Passive? Aggresive? These two aspects are part of assertiveness.

Passive:                                                                                        Agressive:

-Easygoing                                                                                    -Rude

-Low self-esteem                                                                          -Outspoken

-Inactive participation                                                                   -Proactive

-Shy                                                                                             -Dominating others

-Quiet                                                                                          -Bossy/ irritating/ annoying

-Low confidence                                                                           -Over self-confidence

Frankly, between these two categories, I fall into the 'Passive' one. I was not confident with myself and I would rather sit down and listen to other people. Sometimes, I would like to contribute too, however, failed to do so when I saw other people are a lot better than me. Besides that, if ever I faced a difficult situation between others and I, I would tend to agree or just follow whatever THEY think is the best. I did not have the courage to stand for my own rights.

Fortunately, this workshop offered me VERY USEFUL TIPS to change my attitude. Firstly, I must be aware of my body posture (eye contact, feet parallel, weight firm, face forward, straight back, level shoulders). Secondly, INTONATION and VOLUME are very essential when we speak to someone. It did not neccessarily to talk 'loud' in order to be assertive. "LEVEL Head, FALLING Tail"- this is a vital concept that everyone must apply. It will give the impact of assertiveness with the least emotional and intentional information. The practices in the workshop really gave me a good chance to see how actually an assertive person looked like.

Furthermore, I found out that those people who are outspoken and assertive are not being rude or mean. It depended on our ways in judging their behaviours. Different individuals would have different perspectives. Therefore, be positive!

Overall, a person who is assertive is the one who can express his/her words and needs without dominating others. Respecting the others is very important and one must be able to negotiate and resolve conflicts/ confrontations that might happen. Those who wants to be assertive also need to be confident and believe in themselves!

--mei ling (0936627)--


P1 An Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

21st January 2010

Tutor: Mary Sage

Today, these three hours indeed have made me realised something. This worshop helped me to reflect on my own strengths and weaknesses, in which I would tend to forget sometimes, and somehow...It made me of being self-aware, and honest to tell out my own weakness, hope and desire.That was the most useful part for me.

At the beginning of the workshop, we were asked about 'What is refection?' The question, although seems easy to answer, actually required us to ponder on how we can relate it back to our own lives and personalities. It was a kind of self-assessment and revealed our true attitudes and styles. Far example, I liked the questionnares regarding on our own learning styles. As for me, I'm a REFLECTOR; a person who would like to think thoroughly from different perspectives and ponder on the past experiences before making the final decision. It was quite true for me, as I'm afraid of making the wrong decision if I did not 'inspect' for all aspects carefully. Moreover, I agreed with the bad sides of being a REFLECTOR here. I was uncritical of ideas, not organised and not being assertive enough. That was my main weakenesses indentified. It takes time to improve, but I will try hard to make least I try...:)

Furthermore, the Kolb's Learning Cycle has given me a brief and precise information on learning from experiences. Just follow these CYCLE:





5. back to DOING IT

--mei ling (0936627)--

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