May 29, 2011

Final entry for A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications

Follow-up to A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications from Urairat's blog

After I attended the workshop A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications. I made an action plan for writing an essay following Dr.Mihai’s suggestion. They were

1.       Looking for an interested topic which I also have some knowledge or background

2.       Discuss with my tutor about my topic

3.       Writing down an outline

4.       Make assignment structure: macrostructure and microstructure

5.       Research information or collect the data

6.       Make a note by paraphrase or transform the original sentences

7.       Write up the assignment using academic style which attributes formal, succinct, precise, supported, objective and measured

8.       Do proof-reading

9.       Evaluate my work to ensure that my work associate with the title and the module

10.  Time to submit the assignment

I have followed all the action plan’s points and the results are quite satisfaction. In my opinion, I usually do not have a problem with the assignment structure. However, I still have some difficulties in many points; mostly it involves use of English and Grammar.

Certainly, word limited is also huge challenge for me. At first, I thought how can I write 5000 words for an essay. When I was practising academic writing in order to take the IELTS, I usually wrote around 150 - 250 words per topic. I was so shocked it was about 20 times difference. However, I later realized when I have more information from searching or collecting the data, action plan number 5, I have more ideas and I need more than 5000 words.

Talking about plagiarism, I do not understand at all what is it. After Dr.Mihai introduced in the workshop, I also was suggested from my tutor in the in-sessional English class. It is quite complicated and makes me scare a little bit. Because the original sentences are already having a clear and good understanding, and sometimes it is similar to the one I was thinking.

The bad part is paraphrasing and transformation of original sentences, action plan number 6. Sometimes, I do not understand the meaning of the sentences. In my case, there are some words in the sentences have more than one meaning. And that I cannot decide which one is the right meaning for the sentence. I was suggested to read through the whole paragraph, surely I did but I still do not decide and understand. And that make me have to spend more time on writing up an essay. However, I have tried to summarized the original paragraphs, speeches or phrases. It usually comes out not to be smooth sentence. Also, my vocabulary range is quite narrow and limit.

Moreover, my English academic writing skills are quite weak. I generally think in my mother tongue first then translate in English. I know that it is wrong to think it this way, but I found that it is quite difficult for me who just start learning English to think in English first. In particular, when I have to write my own critics or analysis, it is quite difficult to express it.

As I mentioned above, it leads to bad expression on my essay, speeches or just e-mail. I tent to write or express what I would like to say to the receivers, but many times they do not get or understand what I try to say. So I usually write in simple sentence rather than complex sentence, use same vocabulary, use present tense. If I have to explain or describe something complicated I will put the figures, diagrams, or tables also. My plan is that I will manage to finish the assignment before the deadline, about a week. Then I sent it to proof reading. Fortunately, I have someone to proof my writing before I submit the assignment. But it is not fortunately that I need to pay.

When I would like to evaluate my work, I normally check it following both the outline, action plan number 3, and the module aim. The outline is contained the main points of what I need to write down on my assignment.

Time to submit, there is no need to afraid of until it is time to click the button ‘submit’. I am quite worry what if I did something wrong on my assignment. I have no change to edit it if I click it. So I will make sure by checking my assignment three times.

To sum up, academic writing: the discipline and its implications were suggested in the workshop it is very useful. It clarified what we have to do step by step when we write the assignments or dissertation. However, the capability to express our knowledge and ideas it depends on our own academic knowledge and English writing skills.


Thanks to Dr.Mihai for a useful workshop

Best regards,

Urairat Chinglek


May 15, 2011

P1: Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Follow-up to P1: Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio [Entry4] from Urairat's blog

It is now term 3 but it seems very short. There are only 4-5 weeks the examination for undergraduate students is coming. For my case, dissertation is a huge challenge to me. Anyway, I did couple things to get out of the desk and learn new things. It did some occasionally part-time job. One was a stimulate patient, that was fun. I pretended I was a patient then the third year medicine students would ask me symptoms while there was an experienced practitioner giving marks to their performance. I saw that those students they was nervous some of them couldn’t ask or performance well. Anyway, the practitioner gave them hints. Many of them they seemed ask a lot of symptom but they weren’t the right ones so they got low marks. So I thought even those students they may prepare or good at studying in the class, however, if they lack of actual practices they may not do well.

Another thing I think it is good to know. While the practitioner and I was waiting for the next student. We had time to talk. She was really nice. She explained the symptom I was acting now. She had it before she told that if she never had it before she wouldn’t understand how severe it is. She got it because she had been doing too much work, operation. Then she later needed a operation to fix the symptom too. I told her that she was thinking and caring other people while she had no time to think and care of herself. She admitted it but she has no choices she’s a surgeon. There are a lot of patients waiting for her. She needs to work more than ten hours a day. I then realize I do not have a huge responsibility like her, I have more time to do many things not just only sit and work on my assignments. I should catch opportunities to have more real live. By the way, I need to take care of myself too so I will not be a patient that give the doctor another workload.

Best wishes,

Urairat Chinglek


May 13, 2011

A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications

Follow-up to A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications from Urairat's blog

‘to’, ‘for’ ‘to+v.ing’ and ‘v.+ing’

I am confused about using ‘to’, ‘for’ ‘to+v.ing’ and ‘v.+ing’ alone. I saw in articles, speeches, letters they use v.+ing after ‘to’. I really do not clear what it means. I google it but still do not understand. As the first example I usually see, it is in the cover letter:- I look forward to hearing from you. Also, when people finish their meeting they will say:- nice to you or nice meeting with you. Is it has different meaning?

In my essay, my proofreader correct the sentence for me :-

My original sentence:…he states that emotional and social abilities can be more influential than conventional intelligence for all kinds of personal, career and school success….(Carmen, John and Joanne, 2009 and DfES, 2010).

Correction….he states that emotional and social abilities can be more influential than conventional intelligence regarding all kinds of personal, career and school success…

Indeed, only one word my proofreader changed, it makes the sentence looks more beautiful and understandable.

Can you briefly explain please?

Best regards,

Urairat Chinglek


April 17, 2011

A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications

Follow-up to A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications from Urairat's blog

It’s about ‘Paraphrase’ 

In my opinion, I think it is quite difficult to paraphrase the sentences. When I tried to paraphrase them, it turns out to have difference meaning. My difficulty is sometime I can’t decide which one is the right meaning for the sentence. For example,

“Mentoring is a vital part of inspiring and developing highly effective school leaders that influences positively impact student performance and also aim to  also orient their activities around accelerating student learning and academic development”

be oriented to/towards (www.macmillandictionary.com)

to have a particular emphasis or aim

orient yourself

  1. 1

to find out your exact position and the direction in which you need to go

  1. 2

to learn about a new situation that you are in

Therefore, I ask my friend and discuss which one is the right meaning for ‘orient’ in this sentence. Definitely, it takes time for me to write an essay. However, it is worth for me to learn and practise English more and more.


April 02, 2011

P2: Becoming More Assertive

Follow-up to P2: Becoming More Assertive from Urairat's blog

If I will in groups in future, I first will introduce my name and some background why I am in the same group with them and will ask them back with respect. If we need to talk in deep information I would like to learn their behavior first, I prefer to listen to other’s opinions before I mention mine. So I will know in what way I can respond to that behaviour appropriately. I will respect their opinions, however, if those opinions conflict with mine I may discuss and ask for the reason why they were thinking that way. However, it depends on the person I am talking with and what are their behavior and attitudes. In term of work concerned, I will do my best, at the same time I will instill let them know what my limit of workload is and I will learn theirs as well. In case of conflict resolution, I will discuss as teamwork and figure it out together. I will present that we should not left anyone behind or put anyone down. In my opinion, I would like our groupmates do other activities together such as recreation activities or having meals occasionally in order to building relationship.

Best regards,

Urairat Chinglek


March 27, 2011

P2: Becoming More Assertive

Follow-up to P2: Becoming More Assertive from Urairat's blog

I can say ‘No’ now. In the past few months I normally take responsibilities for many things such as money management, duty arrangement, making decisions and so on. Now I don’t put everything on my shoulder anymore.

I’d like to give an example of money management task, actually it was everything involved with money – I was holding a huge amount of money where I need to pay, purchase or order any things on requested, etc. After your suggestion, I discussed within the group that I am no longer money management. I explain to them what I can do for them and cannot do right now. I now express my opinions or feelings more.So we discussed who will take responsibility on each task. If they have problems we will discuss and solve the problems as a group. In the past if someone have problem s/he would come to talk to me and let me make the decision for them or sometimes solve their problem for them. If the result is positive I got no effect but negative I was the only one who was wrong.

After the duty has been distributed to each person in the group. It seems all of them understand what I have done for them and they empathize me. I think this is the reason why that guy talk with me again.

I think I can apply assertive behavior in every situation such as at workplace, with family, with friends and also when I am alone I will enjoy my life at the moment.


March 22, 2011

P6: Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

Follow-up to P6: Introduction to Emotional Intelligence from Urairat's blog

As I has been researching and studying involve with emotional intelligence. I am very happy with the assignment result that the title based on EI. It represents that I have a good knowledge of applying EI into schooling context. My future plan is to get this knowledge to the real live, I would like to observe – as my dissertation – in a school where can I practice my EI and learn other people’s EI. However, as I have been looking on the internet there are few schools embedding SEAL programme in Coventry. I think the school I should observe they should embed SEAL programme. I may need to change the target group or the topic whether there are no schools respond on my request. I am curious how well it going to work in the school, especially, with the students. Children should been cultivated this intelligence since they are young in order to becoming an effective person for themselves and a good citizen for the country.


P1: Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Follow-up to P1: Introduction to Skills Development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio from Urairat's blog

Now this term has finished, I am very enjoyable what I have done in this term.

It was such a wonderful and memorable experiences therefore I will keep joining all activities I have done in the next term too. Not only experience I also get very helpful skills such as communication skills, teaching skills, first aid, improve my consciousness and so on. The best thing is I know more people and learn many things from them.


P2: Becoming More Assertive

Follow-up to P2: Becoming More Assertive from Urairat's blog

It works!! Finally, the conflict in the group has been solved. Due to I has been more assertive to all of them, especially, the person I had a problem before. He now talks to me again even he does not say ‘sorry’ to me, anyway I do forgive him. At least, he changes in the better way. I wish I can improve my assertive behavior and I will apply it for my future tasks.

Best regards,

Urairat Chinglek


A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications

Follow-up to A6: Masters Academic Writing: The Discipline and its Implications [Entry 5] from Urairat's blog

I found that academic writing is a very difficult task for me. I think the reason of this difficulty is I first start learning English –writing- in the wrong way. Also, I mainly learn to write academic writing by myself with on one correct me so I automatically remember the wrong structure. Therefore, I normally write academic writing in simple structure. However, if I know there is someone to correct me I will try to write the sentence more complex and use more advance vocabulary. I do believe I can do it better in the future if I practice more and more.

Best regards,

Urairat Chinglek


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