All entries for Sunday 25 October 2009

October 25, 2009

Seminars

One thing that I really impress a lot about my first module is the seminar. I love the idea that we can first discuss with our group mates and someone should be responsible for presenting the group ideas to the class. Clustering the ideas helps us understand more about the topic because it guides us to link different ideas together. The small presentation is something like impromptu speech. It gives us more practices on our oral English which we cannot prepare a lot. Then, we will discuss the topic in the class. I appreciate the way of thinking of my classmates. I do not have much business background. Sometimes, my mind is actually blank. And sometimes I may not think in the way as others do but I really learn a lot from them. For me, business is something ambiguous and vague. I learn about the models and the theory, but I am not sure about the application. Through discussion in the seminar, I gain more knowledge and different way of thinking which I believe can help me in some way. (I can’t express myself well about this feeling.) If we could have more time, I definitely want more seminars!

I was too busy during the week. I did mark down the things that I have learnt during the seminars. But I think I need more time to organize my thinking.

I still have so many things to express about my first module.  But, I have not fixed the internet at home yet.  I think I will write more next week as the sky goes dark and it's time to go home for a girl.


Time management

Paul said, ‘we always have multiple deadlines.’

This is very true. So, the only solution is to manage our time well.

One-year master programme is really harsh. We need to work very hard, much harder than the time when we have our undergraduate studies. My friends said they haven’t noticed I work that hard before. Yes, I work much harder than before even compared with my A-levels. This is my first time to read soooo much reference journals or books. But I find it very challenging and I enjoy this way of learning so far.

Beside academic studies, I also join the badminton club and volleyball club. I believe I can handle these, as I don’t have much other entertainment except cooking here in the UK. I’ll try out new things, like exploring new towns in the weekends. I understand that the master programme is the reason why I am staying here, but I hope I can enjoy my life in Warwick and make good use of every moment here. So, it is a challenge for my time management skills and I believe in myself. The key thing is we need to choose among all those fascinating choices and make a balance between the important issues and our entertainments. We need to relax under such an intensive learning environment. That’s why I choose sports!

It’s only my 3rd week. So far I can handle things quite well. Many deadlines or PMAs or academic works are coming to challenge me. I know time management is a life long lesson for everyone. My postgraduate programme is a rehearsal for my working life. I hope I can continue enjoy my life here and I am ready for any challenges ahead.


Team A4

Many thanks to my teammates! Finally, we have finished all our mini-projects! I believe we did a great job, right?!^^

You guys are my first group of friends in the UK. We cooperated with each other in an enjoyable atmosphere. Tobi is a responsible guy and he is very smart. Hamed is funny and he is eager to learn Mandarin. Omm is a sweet girl and I love her smile. Shelly is out-going and brings us laughter. Yu is a quiet girl but she works hard. I enjoy a lot with this group. We did try our very best to do our mini-projects and hopefully this can be reflected in our work. Though we spent too much time on the projects, we could learn from this and manage our time better next time.

Thanks again for all my teammates. Let¡¯s have our small gathering or celebration on Wednesday!=)


CBE

Maybe this blog will be something similar that will appear in my reflection on the CBE course in the PMA.

My first module week has done. I experienced a new way of learning in MBE. As what Paul has said, what we are doing is similar to the reality when we start our career. For example, tasks are assigned without many instructions. We may be required to learn something totally new to us by ourselves. There are lots of presentations, too. We have to learn a professional way of presenting and I learned some presentation skills this week. Seminar gives us opportunity to discuss and express our opinions and I really learn a lot from it. Of course, the most important thing is time-management because we usually have multiple tasks and we have to handle them in a nice way.

CBE gives us a brief idea about the MBE modules in the coming year. Before I came here, I only know that the course is about management aiming for business excellence. I don’t know what exactly in the course. CBE gives me a big picture of what I am going to learn. I think this is good because it guides us on how we should face the coming challenges and equip us to do better for the coming modules.

The following task is the PMA. I have set the schedule for my study and I hope I will follow it tightly as time management is the key point for my course.


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