All entries for February 2013
February 02, 2013
Follow-up to 3rd FOLLOW UP BLOG FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES from Yentl's WSPA blog
In previous blogs, I mentioned different strategies to improve my learning and working. For the current entry, I will be focusing on how these strategies have been useful to my study at Warwick. The strategies are to set realistic goals, set deadlines to start a task and to reward myself when goal is achieved.
I am currently collecting data for my dissertation, and recruiting participants is one of the tasks. As undergraduates are not allowed to pay for participants, recruiting participants is very difficult. I need to recruit a certain number of participants in two weeks, to cope with this; I planned a deadline to start recruiting participants. At the moment, I am 2 participants away from the goal and it has only been a week. I feel very satisfied with it and with the fact that I did not wait till the last minute to recruit participants like I used to do.
Apart from my dissertation, my workload is very high, and as mentioned before, I found it very difficult to focus on one task. One of the reasons why I could not focus was because I always watch TV series online and check facebook constantly, therefore, I have limited myself to one episode per day and that if I do not achieve the goal that I set every day, I will not allow myself to check facebook. However, when I do achieve target set, I will award myself, such as letting myself play “candy crush saga” on facebook. Also, I mentioned that in Hong Kong, I would go library to work and I could focus better. At Warwick, I am doing the same; I usually work in the library in the evening when it is not crowded. Moreover, afternoon and the evening are the times that I work and learn best, therefore I normally work during these times.
My action points from now on are to set myself deadlines to start doing certain tasks, such as an assignment, and work in the afternoon and the evening.
In previous blog entries, I mentioned that I have improved on my spontaneity, commercial awareness, reflective thinking and time management. In the current blog, I am going to address my improvement on time management, in which, I will focus on how my improvement on time management has helped me.
Currently, I am collecting data for my dissertation, it includes recruiting participants, room booking, and running the experiment. Beforehand, I felt that it was going to be a daunting task as undergraduates are not allowed to pay for participants, making recruiting very difficult. On top of that, participants were to be assigned into time slots that suit them and me. When they were carrying out the experiment, I would wait outside the room. I expected the process to be time-consuming task and labour intensive. As a finalist, there is a very high workload; I found it hard to catch up with the endless readings alone, with the experimenting, it seemed almost impossible. To help with this problem, I adapted several time management skills. Whenever I waited outside the room, I would read. Also, I would limit the times I watch TV series which used to be the biggest reason that hinder my study, by limiting myself to one episode per day during dinner time, my readings and work got done faster.
Although I did keep myself to one episode per day, I did not do as much readings as I expected myself to do. I feel that I need to keep improving on my ability to focus, to be more specific, whenever I set myself a goal; I need to stick to it and not get distracted by other distractions. By far distractions are my worst enemy, and my future action point is set to help overcome my problems with distractions. I will keep on limiting myself to one TV episode, when I have not achieved my goal for the day, I will not allow myself to go on facebook or check the news. By achieve this action point; I hope to become more organized and confident knowing that I am keeping up with my study.