December 06, 2011

First entry on Career planning

Workshop Tutor: Siobhan Scanlon & Siobhan Qadir


This seminar gave me the opportunity to consider myself.

Firstly, I could think about my strengths through ¢®?Strengths Dictionary¢®? which has definitions of a variety of strengths.

This was useful to find my strong points and what character is more required. I found I have strong adherence, detail, persistence and character as connector and little adventure, willingness of competition and counterpoint.

I was also able to look back my skills through check list and to learn how to express these skills in my application with a certain example or clear evidence. Even though I know what I am good at, I found it not easy to develop persuasively. It seemed very important to come up with some cases showing my strength in practice and to express them effectively.

In addition, there was time to think about what I want from a job, which contributed to finding my aim of career and making a direction for it.

Moreover, this seminar gave me good information of how to find job placement and job network. I realised that it is very significant to keep in touch with those who work in the area which I have interest in. I feel I have to start some network activities such as ¢®?twitter¢®? or ¢®?linked-in¢®?.

Overall, this seminar was quite helpful for me to gain self-awareness which is the first step of career planning. Learning how to express my strengths and skills as well as how to search job information made me more confident to start my career planning.


  1. I am going to start searching job placements or organisations I want to work for.

    I will make a list of them and keep an eye on updated information.

    I am also going to begin networking through social media such as ¢®?twitter¢®? or ¢®?linked-in¢®?.

    After making my account, I will search related organisations and those working in my area, and I will try to keep in touch with them.

    A variety of links I was given through the seminar will be helpful, and some of my friends who graduated from my course will be good advisors for me.

    Although this work has to be ongoing, I am going to undertake the basic task such as making a list and trying network by the end of December.

  2. I am going to make my aim visually, using pictures or written slogans.

    While doing job searching, I will narrow my goal down specifically and make it visually.

    This will be very helpful to remind my aim everyday and keep going for it.

    It would be made by 7th in January.

  3. I will draw up my CV or application by 14th January.

    Although I have my CV now, which was used to apply for the university, it needs modifying.

    I will ask for the feedback of the tutors in the university and make my CV more suitable for my area and more effectively.

    If I find a placement, I will make appropriate application, too.

    These kinds of work will be very useful to prepare for my career in practice.

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December 05, 2011

Follow–up on Effective learning strategies

Heres a summary of how I've been getting on with my action points

  1. Setting a goal before studying

    I am trying setting a goal before I start studying.

    For example, when I read a book or a journal, I decide some goals such as grasping the gists of a whole contents, finding some information related to my essay or understanding it fully.

    This makes me use different way of reading: Skim; Scan; Detailed reading, depending on the goal.

    I found it very useful for time-saving and effective reading.

    Moreover, setting a clear goal is helpful to concentrate on my study by getting rid of distracting thoughts and to get sense of achievement after studying.

    However, I am still not completely used to it.

    I sometimes forget to decide my aim for studying, just start it and realise that I am doing without obvious purpose.

    Therefore, I need to practice more, and it seems also useful to set a variety of goals depending on situations or tasks as well as reading.

  2. Remembering what I have learned effectively

    I am trying to remember many words that I come to know through various sources.

    In terms of new vocabularies or phrases I get through the TV programmes or films, when I make notes of them I write down where I see these expressions. This is really helpful to remind the scene where they are used, whenever I try remembering them.

    While coming up with the scene, I can remember the voca/phrase more easily and understand them efficiently (eg. grasping their meaning or nuance)

    I think it is quite important for me to get used to that sort of expressions used in daily life since I am an international student who is not familiar with them.

    However, I need to expand this way for wider area such as reviewing my lecture or reading.

    After practicing with this way, I am going to try it in my other studies.

  3. Reviewing my study after time passes

    It is most difficult task for me among three actions.

    I tried reviewing some notes and remembering them when I have free time or come up with this action plan.

    That is, it is not undertaken very regularly.

    In terms of remembering new words or phrase, it could be useful to review it whenever I have short break or free time; however, I think I should have time to review my lectures and reading materials regularly with enouhg time.

    I am going to try it again.

November 20, 2011

First entry on An introduction to skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Workshop Tutor: Samena Rashid


I applied for this workshop with the expectation that I could improve general skills for studying or working through this session

as well as learning how to manage Warwick skills portfolio blogs well.

This workshop basically dealt with two topics, ¡®reflection¡¯ and ¡®skills¡¯.

While drawing pictures about the meanings of reflection and presenting them,

I could share a variety of views about reflection with other participants.

Practicing to reflect some events what I had experienced gave me the time to think about the potential role of doing reflection.

I realised that the reflection could be a basis to improve my abilities, skills or attitude by looking back my behaviour and finding out my weakness and strength.

When I was asked to discuss the meaning of skills with other participants,

I found that the skill is something has to be practiced whether it is inborn or not.

Through a questionnaire, I became aware of my learning style (reflector), received some suitable tips for my way.

Then, the suggestion to strengthen under-utilising style (activist/theorist/pragmatist) was offered,

which seemed quite good since I needed to improve evenly different styles of learning to cope with different kinds of tasks.

Then, I could check which kind of skills I was good at or not, which was useful to find my weak skills and to set up my action points.

Lastly, specific information about managing blogs was followed.

Overall, it was very helpful to think about my general skills required to study or work. I could find my weaknesses and make a plan to improve them.


  1. I am going to try to keep networking. Networking is one of important factors required for social skills.

    However, I found that I was not good enough at it and sometimes afraid of meeting people or annoyed at keeping in touch with.

    Then, firstly, I will start running my Facebook, which is recently very useful and common way of communicating with others.

    Particularly, I will share much information with my classmates through this social network since they have already used it very much.

    I will also visit my friend¡¯s Facebook and keep in touch.

    Secondly, I am going to participate in several gathering, for example, having a meal or watching some performances together.

    Even if it requires me time, effort and money, it will give me great memories and improve my skills to get on with people.

    Lastly, I will attempt to arrange lasting personal meetings.

    I realised that I could talk to new people and have a conversation with them at first, but I was afraid of keeping the relationship and meeting with them continuously.

    Thus, I will try to have lasting relationship through meeting people at times, having teas and catching up, as well as phoning or texting.

  2. I am going to develop my oral communication.

    I will try to participate in the discussion during my class more than one time a week.

    To do so, I am planning to read material before the lecture, have a rehearsal to speak my opinion aloud and practice some useful phrases which I have learned from in-sessional course and dramas.

  3. I would like to use my time very efficiently.

    I realised that it was difficult for me when I submitted my case study the other day.

    So, I will try numbering my tasks according to importance and urgency and keep the order.

    I am going to use my diary and a calendar to check my time available and remember my work to do.

    Most importantly, I will make a plan for writing essay (or doing tasks), for example, I will decide my own deadline to read, make a draft or start writing and will try to keep them.

    This will bring me sense of achievement and confidence as well as making it possible to finish the task in time, even if it seems not easy to accomplish at the start.

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November 18, 2011

First entry on Introduction to critical thinking

Workshop Tutor: Austin Griffiths


Through this workshop, I got to realise that critical thinking is not so difficult but interesting.

At the beginning of this session, I was asked to read an advertisement and a short essay, and to give a feedback about their lacks.

This process made me feel like a marker as well as a reader and I could see the documents objectively.

Moreover, listing to several points of view of other participants was also useful to recognise something that I did not concern with.

Then, I learned about logical argument.

Although dealing with complicated sentence was not easy, it could remind me of my logical mistakes that I usually make,

and could make me feel the need of logical argument.

Watching video about justice and some quizzes were very interesting and enough to concentrate on the workshop without feeling bored.

As a final stage, we made our own argument choosing a tricky question among many as group units.

It was a real practice to try critical thinking and we could realise our strengths and weakness getting feedback from other groups.

To conclude, it was a great opportunity that I could approach to critical thinking easily.


  1. I am going to try reading critically.

    As I deal with many literature or other people¡¯s essays, I will read them with a critical view instead of accepting most arguments.

    I will also make a summary of reading and make my own comment in the summary, about my question from reading and the lacks of arguments that I find,

    which will be very helpful to develop my own essay as well as reading effectively.

  2. I am going to look through my previous essays with my critical view and the comments that previous teachers gave me.

    I believe I can improve my critical writing remarkably through this work by providing objecive view.

  3. I am going to try to think critically in my daily life.

    While watching the news, discussing in the classroom or having a conversation with others.

    I will attempt to seeing in different view, thinking my evidences to suport my argment before saying it, and develoing in a logical way.

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