ECH 1200 Study Skills Summative Essay
The aim of this essay is to give the reader an overview of the types of academic study skills that I develop for the course of Foundation degree in early childhood studies. In it I will discuss my personal approach to study and the strategies I need to use on the program. The essay will highlight the skills I feel are my current strengths and draw attention to the areas I need to develop. I will briefly describe and evaluate some different research skills and reflective techniques I used to understand how I can improve my learning experience and my study skills in order to study more proactively. ‘The study skills needed for Higher Education are ultimately gained only through studying at that level’ (Cottrell, 2008) To begin with, from learning style questionnaire from classroom helps me to identify different learning styles and my own preferred learning style as Pragmatist. ‘Understanding your individual learning style will help you choose the most effective learning activities for you. This does not mean that you cannot learn from activities that are not specifically suited to your own style, but your preferred style will maximise your opportunity to learn.’ (Honey & Mumford, 2006) As I entered in this course as a mature student with a great challenge of learning from diploma level to higher level, from the Hopes, Fears and Expectations exercise gives me opportunity to identify my expectations from course and expressed my fears and hopes from the course. However, I approach my presentation skills with motivation and to facilitate during presentation preparation time I used good oral communication, team working skills, ability to get on with people from different background and ability to understand others point of view which I learn from my experience of working with diverse people. Furthermore, I develop research skills by using Middlesex University’s Unihub-My library online resources website and i-learn website to identify and investigate relevant sources of information including subject books, journals, e-books, research reports, magazines, tutorials and evaluation to enable me to give valid argument for or against opinions raised by theorists, tutors and other students. ’Discussion is important part of learning process, as it helps everyone to clarify their understanding and direct their individual learning.’ (Ritchie & Thomas, 2014) Furthermore, to improve my presentation skills I have to consider number of factors. Firstly, I need to learn from mistakes and improve my ICT skills to use power point. In addition, I need to become reflective learner as learning from six steps of Gibbs model (1988) helps me to review the situation and make improvement to work with team. Together with, I have to take feedback from my tutor and peers to develop time management skills to deliver presentation in a confident manor to create an overall engaging presentation with audience. ‘Audiences do not react well to speedy delivery of material. Your presentation will suffer if you try to get through it too fast. It is not always a matter of going slowly all the time. It is usually about knowing when you need to slow down and when you can afford to speed up.’ (Moore, Neville, Murphy & Connolly, 2010) From the study skills formative report writing and summative essay writing assignment experiences give me opportunities to expand my academic skills these includes as before the course I was unable to think critically when I am reading and when writing to put words together in my writing within limited time period of time, I was starting to lose words of thought. Therefore, I review my reading skills and I evolve good reading skills after finishing skim and scan practice exercises in the class room together with learning SQ3R ( survey, question, read, records and relevant) techniques which is vital for me to do a lot of research and gaining understanding...
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