So, this Friday just gone was the first session I’ve used my new notebook and coloured pens (as mentioned previously before I wanted new ones as my last notes had got quite sloppy). The weirdest thing but by making more of an effort to keep my notes neat and using coloured pens has made all the difference for me. My work is neater and much clearer and easier to go back to when I have needed.
I have found that mind mapping has helped a lot also. Now just finished doing my research for the critical incident assessment. Following on from my previous post about Greetham (2001) and his ideas I have found my preparation much better. I first made a note of all the books that might be of interest (just Googled this) then each day just read chapters or snippets of what was most appropriate for what I wanted to understand, again using Google Books is also one of my favourite tools. I have only written an introduction and conclusion so far, however, for once I feel much more prepared for the filling of my ‘sandwich’ essay.
However, I am aware now I need to think more about the ‘Blue day’ assessments we have. As you are probably aware, we got results on Friday for our personal development plan. My results were alright, not too bad, however I know I could of done better, and I only have myself to blame, see, come the end I really, really struggled to either know what to say or, just to talk about myself in general. That kind of work makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable. I do appreciative that in order to improve we have to tackle these problems, the answer does not lie within in my ‘happy place’ of eating Lidl’s own brand cheese puffs though I do highly recommend them!!
So, as I type this now, I am wiping away the cheesy crumbs from my hands and folding the packet over for another day. My research now will stem into the works of Rose (2011).
Until next time.