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.
Bilyeu, Robbins , T.,.M. (2017) The Secret to Self-Motivation. [Online] Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lz0VOltZKA [accessed 12 February 2018].
Greetham, B. (2001) How to Write Better Essays. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
Rose, C. (2011) Self Awareness and Personal Development. United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.
So, following our latest results on Friday I was kind of pleased. Sure, I’ve got an alright score but it seems for each of my results I’ve always averaged about the same in marks. Growing up I was never the smartest child, so I guess you could say that, metaphorically me trying to do better is a two fingers up to my secondary age school life.
Has anyone else found no movement in their marks, even when you’ve put blood, sweat and tears into and you’re thinking it might as well be the Da Vinci code you’e that happy with it?
The fact that we have to document our experiece via these blogs now has also given me more motivation to practice what I preach. (More of lack of motivation for another day I think!)
As per my latest source of information, Greetham (2001) talks about breaking an essay down into stages, which sounds obvious but I find his style of writing to be clear and easy to read. Some information I’ve seen previously seem to go on and on, losing sight of why I chose to read it in the first place.
In all honestly, I hope that when it comes to our next assignment I will make more of a conscious effort to keep Greetham’s structural plan in mind and that I will find the planning easier rather than staring at a blank screen.
I think for now I will sign it off, I have a lot of notes to take, but recommend if anyone gets the chance to have a look to do so. Just for information, my information was sourced from Plymouth Central Library.
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