December 05, 2012

First entry on Speed reading

Workshop Tutor: Han-Na Cha

Introduction

At the beginning of the workshop, we did a reading test to access how fast or slow of a reader we are. I was a slow to average reader which was not surprising at all, this was the whole reason why I signed up for this workshop!

We were then thaught about the different strategies to increase our reading speed, one of which was to use a guide while reading. To me, this strategy worked best and instantly increased my reading speed without reducing my comprehension. However, another strategy did not work for me, and it was to eliminate sub-vocalization. From the effective learning workshop, I learnt that I am an aural learner, and so I learn best when informations are vocalised. This is demonstrated by the fact that when I tried to eliminate subvocalisation, not only did the reading speed reduced, the comprehension also reduced significantly.

The most memorable task I did was the first comprehension test because I got the lowest mark in the group! From the task, I realised that there is a trade-off between speed and comprehension, i.e., I tried too hard to read quicker, I meant a lot quicker than I usually read, I barely understood or remembered the content!

Actions

  1. Using a guide.

    Action: As mentioned above, I found this technique particularly useful, therefore, I will try to use a guide (pen) when I read from now on.

  2. Right posture and right distance.

    Action: Sit straight and place the material at the right distance from myself.

  3. Tapping technique.

    Action: During the workshop, I was not used to this technique yet, and I need to find my own pattern when using this technique. Therefore, I will try this out and figure out my pattern.

  4. Practice, practice, practice!

    Action: practice makes perfect, I will practice speed reading for 10 minutes everyday.

    Also, I will try to read quicker but not significantly quicker that I completely miss out the content!

To write a follow up, go to http://go.warwick.ac.uk/skills//blog


December 03, 2012

First entry on Effective learning strategies

Workshop Tutor: Han-Na Cha

Introduction

My intention to sign up for this workshop was to learn about effective learning, I have always had problems in this particular area.

One of the real benefits of this workshop was that the tutor let us talk about our problems with learning, and would help us see what the real problem is. I mentioned that I plan absolutely everything, but I find it hard to start or to stick to the plan. This pattern was actually shown when I participated in a memorising activity in the workshop! I was suggested a method to solve this- create a more realistic plan and set deadlines to start tasks instead of deadlines to finish tasks.

We were asked to brain storm on particular subjects, and discuss our ideas with the tutor. This allowed us to actively think about a subject/ matter, one of the subjects was on factors that hinder or help learning. It came as no surprise that we all know what hinder and help learning, but often we neglect the factors, i.e., let whatever that hinders us go on hindering us. We then learn about the strategies that helps to avoid the hindering factors.

I also learnt about the type of learner that I am by doing the VARK questionnaire, and I am an aural learner which I expected.

Actions

  1. Setting deadlines for starting a tasks.

    Action: whatever deadlines I have, I will plan a deadline to start instead of just writing down the deadline to finish. I am applying to 30 law firms for vacation schemes, at the mean time, I have 2 essays and an internship this christmas, so I have set up deadlines to do certain tasks.

  2. Be realistic about the plans.

    Action: In the past, I would set up unrealistic plans like reading 2 chapters (around 80 pages), participating in 3 hour long dance practices and revising all in one day. I have recently however set up more realistic plans, reading 1 chapter per day with the intention to really understand what the chapter is about.

  3. learn and study like an aural learner should.

    Action: Reading out the notes instead of just writing. Purchase a recorder when I go back to Hong Kong this christmas, for recording in lectures and also to record myself reading out the notes to boost memories.

  4. Getting myself ready to study.

    Action: It is always hard to go straight to work after getting out of bed or finishing a sporting activity for me, therefore, I will start off by doing something that would set me into the 'focusing-mood'. Today, I realised that working on this blog set me into the 'focusing-mood', and hopefully, this will help me focus on revising for a test.

To write a follow up, go to http://go.warwick.ac.uk/skills//blog


November 26, 2012

First entry on Getting started on skills development and the Warwick Skills Portfolio

Workshop Tutor: Charlie Cunnigham

Introduction

My main intention to achieve the Warwick skills portfolio award is to learn more about my skills, other than the ones that I am already aware of, i.e., dancing and piano playing. Also, to recognise skills that might be useful for my future career.

I signed up for the introduction workshop to learn more about the award, and my expectation for this workshop was merely an introduction to the award. However, it turned out to be much more interesting than just an introduction (I have never enjoyed a 3-hour long talk before this)!

I like that it was interactive and the activities provided a chance for me to exchange ideas with other people, it is interesting to know about the different perspectives people have towards one simple concept. For instance, the concept of reflective thinking, I personally think that it is like looking at your own reflection in a mirror, checking if what you are wearing suits you, if it does not, you get change into something else, i.e., reflective thinking helps you to see what is right for you. Some people think that reflective thinking is giving yourself time to process the large amount of information you receive each day, and to form a picture of what you have learnt from the information.

To my surprise, I also found out that my learning style is a mixture of activist, reflector, theorist and pragmatist! I am however weaker as an activist and pragmatist. I am not spontaneous and always stick to the rules.

Actions

  1. Try to be more spontaneous and not depend entirely on plans.

    Action: Just say yes. If a friend ask me to go study with her or to a social, I would say yes.

  2. Improve my commercial awareness.

    Action: I have applied to a commercial awareness workshop held by BPP law school.

    Start reading BBC news and The Economist daily.

  3. Reflective thinking.

    Action: Give myself 10 minutes before going to bed to reflect on what I did during the day, things that I did well and things that need to improve on.

  4. Improve self-management.

    Action: Less procrastinating, more working.

To write a follow up, go to http://go.warwick.ac.uk/skills//blog


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