November 26, 2012

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

Workshop Tutor: Charlie Cunnigham


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.


  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.

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  1. Charlie Cunningham

    Hi Yentil,

    I enjoyed reading your blog and am glad that you enjoyed the interactive structure of the workshop. I like how you reflected on different people’s interpretation of ideas in the workshop. Reflection is a very personal thing, and it is important to work out what works best for you. As you blog further, think about exploring your reaction to experiences – what did you think or feel? How can you explain these reactions, perhaps comparing with some of the theories we looked at. Refer to the Reflective Writing Handout from the workshop.

    Action Points – You have picked some specific instances where you will look to develop skills. Try to make sure these are SMART – how will you evaluate progress? When will you review progress? Are these goals realistic? The final bullet point, “Less procrastinating, more working” is quite vague and you may struggle to evaluate whether you are achieving this. Perhaps – “On 2 days this week, I will avoid going to the kitchen for a chat between 6-8pm and be clear with flat mates that I am not to be disturbed. I will reflect on success in my journal on Sunday.” You may feel that you want to concentrate on fewer skills and use more actions towards them.

    I look forward to reading future blogs. You should complete 2 further blogs reflecting on your progress with action points before submitting a final blog of between 750-1000 words reflecting on your overall learning. The final blog is due by the 22nd December.

    Charlie Cunningham
    Workshop Tutor.

    30 Nov 2012, 15:02

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