All entries for July 2010
July 03, 2010
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.
July 02, 2010
Frankly, my self organison and time management improved a lot. I was able to make proper plans and schedules to time my works. Having a proper timetable is a tool that really pushes me in following all the plannings and deadlines. Although it was hard for me in the beginning, it's worth it.
Now, I am a better person in organising myself and planning properly for my future. I really that improper planned lifestyle would not produce any effective and productive outcomes, especially in the academic field. Nowadays, I reduced my time for self-entertainment, especially facebook-ing because I knew that too much self entertainment would affect my study. My priority in my list is my academic, followed by maintenance in relatonship with others, and only self-entertainment afterwards.
Having a balance life schedule is crucial. It is not advisable to be lack in any of these major aspects.
The development of every skill indeed took time; months after months. My skills are progressing greatly, in which I manage to achieve some of my goals; Emotional Intelligence, Effective Learning and Revision skills; Being assertive, Critical Thinking and Time Management.
For Emotional Intelligence, I was able to control my emotions and I would not myself to be too emotional attached to a certain thing. I knew that being too emotional could really affect my lifestyle and this could trigger for the negative outcomes. Soemtimes, I would voice out what I feel and think, sometimes I don't really show out my real feelings, depend on the situation itself.
As for Effective Learning and Revision Skills, they really improved a lot. It helped a lot towards my academic study and enhaced my memory as well. The skills that I had learnt in this workshop really ease my learning. I realized that rote learning is not a good way in revising all the subjects.
Being Assertive; this was the workshop that I loved a lot. It increased my confidence in speaking and pointing out my ideas as well. When other people repected my decisions, I felt very happy and satisfied. At least, I had my own original way and not just following what other people doing.
As for Time Management, I would say that proper planning and schedules are VERY ESSENTIAL in our lives. For example, I planned my time for my exam, setting up a certain of period for revising each of my subject. As a result, it worked! I was truly satisfied when all my hard work worked out and my result is satisfactory!
Lastly, the only skill that I needed to develop is my critical thinking. I really need to read a lot starting on now onwards so that I would get how the ideas actually worked out.
Critical Thinking. I realized that thinking out of the box is crucial in order to increase my critical thinking. Evaluation on just the surface is not enough to help me to compete with others. However, to be frankly, I still need a lot of improvement spaces to attain this goal. I was still not good enough in making a deep and critical judgement, especially in my academic stuffs. I was truly envied with my some of my friends, in which they are able to produce good ideas and opinions in our study.
I admitted that I was weak in this field, and the main reason which contributed towards this was my little knowledge. I found out that knowledge was essential in boosting our critical thinking. If I read a lot and had plenty of worldwide knowledge, I think I should be able to reflect more on certain issues. Knowledge is important in every aspect. I should really throw away my laziness and start reading a lot ( even though it's not my hobby). This is my main aim now in improving my critical thinking.
Being assertive; this is my aim goal. I worked hard into it, and I got it. Nowadays, I would put forward my agreement or disagreement whenever it happens. I would not rather just listen and taking in other people's opinions or decisions, but making my own judgment and decision in opposite. This skill had indeed improved my confidence in speaking and eliminated my inferiority towards other people gradually.
I always had the slogan 'falling tail' in my mind whenever I tried to speak to people. It was very useful and effective. Instead of raising my intonation at the ened of my words, I would rather end my sentence in a calm and cool manner. As a result, the people are really listening to your words. However, sometimes I did doubt that whether my friends could be angered by the way that I was speaking to them. I was quite 'aggresive' sometimes in making my decisons.
As for appearance and personality, I tried to maintain a cool and 'smart' personality. I know that the chance of accepted by other people would increase if a person is acting smartly and confidently.
I was really grateful that I joined this workshop. Following my plan, even though it's not 100%, it did help me to improve my academic planning and management. For right now, I am about to continue using this effective learning and revision skills in moving into my second academic year which is very important.
I realized my mistakes in studying smarty, and not just rote learning. Skimming, scanning and making notes are indeed three critical skills that every student should apply in his or her own study. I figured out that writting down important short notes improved greatly my memory in remembering the facts and main points. Colours even make them more effective.
As a result, I would choose to jote down the points down onto papers, making mind-maps and doing a short summary (if possible) in my study. To prove this, the result for my first year academic year is satisfactory!!! I am satisfied with my own result, even though this skill would require more effort and time.