DISCOVERING YOURSELF This topic is very interesting with the Discovery wheel, learning styles, and balancing learning styles. My favorite assignment was the discovery wheel, this exercise shows me that I need to balance the skills that I have and some real weaknesses that I did not know that I had. Discovery is a way to find your TRUE strengths and weaknesses and how balance them. Discovery, commitment, and Mastery should be in every student vocabulary and should be something worked on daily.
In my opinion, discovering yourself topic is perfect to be chapter 1 because you can start discovering yourself and improving your skills through out the course as well as your time as a student so that when you graduate and are working in your career chose you could be a more balanced and well-rounded person. The chapter showed me that I could change my learning style or habits to promote success by being able to learn from any instructor. I also learned that change is good and committing to change is great.
Staying focus on my goals ahead, and start working on small changes first and then looking at the big picture. I will practice the skills that I have learned in this chapter daily to my educational career, workplace, and social settings to grow as a person. In school, I will use a full range of learning Modes to excel in my classes and develop variety of strategies to be able to learn from a wide range of teaching styles. In my workplace, I can use what I learned to look at the bigger picture through being more creative and having a willingness to take risk.
I also discovered a need to focus on my time-management and getting more organized. Time Management was something I thought I only needed a little bit of work on, but I see through the discovery wheel I needed alto of focus and change on this skill. Discovering yourself chapter is a good revelation and was a great way for me to see my weaknesses on a larger scale. NOTES Note taking is very important in being a better learner, enhancing your memory and helping you pass test.
Television note taking was a good exercise, because it shows you that you can try different techniques and see which one works better for you and with is you can transfer that technique into school or work. Note taking is more than rewriting what the instructor or fascinator is saying, but writing it down in a way you can understand it. You want to observe a statement by an instructor or facilitator, record your observation of that event “take notes”, and finally you want to review the notes that you took.
All points are valid and are not successfully without doing them all. Through out this chapter I gained a better since of note taking and taking notes more effectively. My original style was to rewrite what the instructor or fascinator is saying but I rarely know what they were talking about and that caused me to take more time and research what the topic was and read a lot more on topics that were not relevant to the class. The formats explained in this chapter are effective with different forms of lecture.
If an instructor is speaking fast try to focus your attention on key points, exchange notes with a classmate, leave space in your notes to fill in information you might have missed during the lecture, if all else fails speak to your instructors to see if he or she can slow down or speak to him or her after class. If you are note taking while reading you can paraphrase key points, outline the table of contents, and try taking research notes that can help you understand the reading better.
I can take the techniques that I have learned in this chapter into the workplace as well as the classroom. I take notes in conferences and seminars and these tools can help me process what I am learning. Many instructors speak faster than I can write and sometimes I find myself either not taking notes and trying to remember what they said, or trying to write everything they said and missing the point all together. I will use the tools in this chapter and will work with others to make sure that I can get the complete information from the lecture.
The other points in the chapter I will put into effect while in class and reading assignment trying to map my chapters with main points and making the charts flow from general concepts to specific ideas. Observing, report, and review is an all around concept that can be used in class and work to help me in the ability to remember what the chapter or lecture was about and to be successful in test taking. TIME This was a excellent topic with the Time Plan Process, Getting real with your Goals, STOP PROCRASTINATION NOW which was my favorite assignment in the chapter, 7-day antiprocrastination plan, long term planners, and Master Calendar.
This chapter covers discovering how you currently use your time through using planner’s charts and calendars. It also covered how setting goals that will make a difference in the quality of your life and what to do today, this week, and this month and making sure that you reach your goals using techniques to simplify your goals to make them more attainably and reasonable. Last but definitely not least, now to eliminate procrastination through all the techniques above if you focus, follow, and try something new you can definably get pass being a procrastinator.
I gained the knowledge of how to effectively schedule, plan, and prioritize my workload al well as keeping a master calendar that I stick too. This is not only helping me through out on time as a student, but in the workplace too. My work schedule is very busy and seems to be always full but when I used the tools that I read about in this chapter I noticed that I could delegate some of my responsibility to others and prioritize other task to use make the best use of my time.
This topic was the least amount of points on my discovery wheel and I made sure that I read this chapter carefully, took notes, and implemented the techniques to gain understanding and the ability to have better time management. I know that I cannot stop being a procrastinator over night but if I stick with the techniques shown, I can have better time management. I have started using two master calendars one for work since we have deadlines every month that need to be completed on a timely basis.
We also have events that are planned months in advance so this can help me to not overwork myself through out the month and to visually see what is going on for the month with out guessing. I have also should people that I work with this idea and others are using this technique also. The other master calendar is for school it has my class schedule, KGA due dates, and exam date on it. I look at the assignment that is due and add study and prep time to my master calendar because I can not forget my focus is my degree everything else comes secondary.
I also have started using my student planner that came with my class book more effectively by making sure that I put down everything that is going on from work and school into it not just class activities. This helps me when I am planning work events I can block out time that I know I will not be available. The sue of the planners, calendars, goals setting, and time planning processes shown in this chapter this will make me a stronger student and person.