My personal target is to finish
all my assignments in time.
How am I going to achieve IT?
To achieve my personal target, I
am going to focus on my assignments and I will try to not be distracted by
things which are not linked to the assignment. I will use the help sheets
uploaded in Moodle and will focus on one task at a time to prevent myself from
mistakes, confusing and loosing time. I will work extra hours at home, so I can
improve my work and be sure tha I will achieve the grade I desire.
My target is by the end of this
week, so on Monday, I will be able to proof-read my assignment and do some
I think my main learning style is
kinaesthetic. I like to have hands-on on the activity and learn by doing it
instead of listening to podcasts and group discussions where you do not really
have touch to the task. As a second learning style, I think I am also very good
learner by watching some tutorial videos and PowerPoint presentations because I
am seeing the things and can make my own notes in my head about it which helps
me learn things faster.
What assistance is required to
achieve my target
To achieve my target, I will have
to use the assistance of my unit teacher because he could give me some helpful
advices of how to do my tasks and what I will have to include, so I make sure I
would not miss anything that could have effect on my grade. I will also use internet
for some examples, people opinions and what some things mean. I can also use
the books recommended for my course and especially the ones recommended for my unit
because there I could find more useful information, about the assignment, which
is approved and it is going to be right, not like internet where it could be
false and lead to bad grade.
I have been asked to explain how learning style can affect
personal development and then write a report, explaining how can I improve my
effectiveness in developing skills and understanding.
M3 – Explain how an awareness of learning style can
aid personal development.
Our everyday information gets to
our brain by sight, hearing and touching. Learning style is individual way of
how certain information is remembered by using our senses but also depending on
environment and emotional factors. The three main learning styles known by
people are visual, auditory and kinetic style. Every one of us is having its
own way to learn new information. This way is a set of these learning styles
but focused more on some of them. For example, there are people who are better
in visual learning. That means that they are learning by reading books,
magazines, etc., and also by watching how things are done on presentation, tv
or guidelines, but that does not mean that they cannot use any of other styles
as a help to their main style.
Visual style is a style which is
preferred by people learning easier new things by looking at graphs, charts,
maps or diagrams. They are good at remembering information by seeing it and it
is proven that students that are good in this way of learning, often shows
improvement in their grades and future achievements.
To distinguish these learners
from other styles you can find that they are really good at spelling because
they are visualizing the words but it takes them time to understand any
information that they have been listening
to instead of watching it. Visual learners are also good at symbols and
understanding of sign language due to their visualization memory. This means
that they are good at copying things
that they have recently seen and when they try to remember something, they are
trying to pop up images of the situation. These people are usually not good
with remembering names or direction, so if you want to help them, better write
them on a paper or give them a map. To improve their learning process, these
people could use visual resources, write notes or drawing maps. This helps
their brains to remember information and get useful. To be fair to everyone,
teachers should consider that they should include visual part like
presentations on PowerPoint, diagrams or written instructions, so they would
not get confused and missed important information because this will leave them
behind from the study material. As a teacher, you can consider using videos and
activities where they can do matching parts, so they memorise the process and
learn the material.
Auditory learning style is a way
of understanding information by speaking and listening to people, audio files
or podcasts. These people sometimes use repeating as a method to understand the
information and sort it out. They are good at answering questions that they
have been listening to and also there is a statistic which is proving that people
using auditory learning style are good at oral exams because of their
responding ant talkative skills. Inherent for this style is that people using
it could notice voice intonation which could not be missed by other styles. To
help themselves with the learning process, they usually listen to audio
records, record their teachers’ speaking, but also joining conversation and
discussing certain thing. Teachers could help them by using audio files and
leave them ask questions or opinions. Having a discussion with these students
could also improve their works as they will remember what you have said and
improve their work. It also helpful to let them read texts or books related to
the course and correct them when they are not right.
The kinetic style is used by
people who are good at remembering things by doing them with their own hands.
They use physical activities to learn and improve their knowledge and are good
at repeating things afterwards. You can understand people are having
kinaesthetic learning style by seeing some specific characteristics like
preferring to do their job physically, moving around much more than the other
learners and also be more athletic than the others. To memorise something they
need to have their hands on which makes them more good at practical work. The
disadvantage of this learning style is that the students which are using it
always have lack of concentration. To help themselves they are using different
methods like doing repetitive things like tapping a pen and having a chewing
gum. Teachers things that these types of students are usually not interested by
their lessons and are not paying attention to what they are speaking. Teachers
could help them by letting them involve in practical exercises and including
more practical lessons to attract their attention.
How my learning style is improving
development of my own skills
To find my style of learning I have done a questionnaire and
I found out that I have combination of learning styles. According to the
questionnaire, my main style is Auditory, but I also have a little parcentage
of visual and kinaesthetic.
As a auditory learner, I learn easier by listening and having
conversation about certain information. This means also that I should be good
at listening to teachers and doing oral exams instead of writing and practical
ones. For me, it is more easier to get certain information remembered by
recording speeches and watching audio guides. It is very helpful to me, if the
teachers are having a good conversation with me and discuss the topics which
are required to be known.
This learning style means that I am not that good at learning
things by watching materials on videos or doing them practically. PowerPoint
presentation and doing certain things would not help me understand it and
remember it, so teachers should focus of conversations if they want me to understand
their lessons and I should pay attention to what are they speaking because this
is the main way I learn new things.
But I personally also thing that I am good in kinaesthetic
type of learning because sometimes I prefer to do something, so I can remember
it and repeat it afterwards. I like sports which are something usual for this
type of learning an I also have interest in doing something practically to
As a conclusion, I can say that the combination of each style
helps us understand the information. We do not remember only the information gotten by our own learning
style, so if we were not able to use other styles as well we would have known
less stuffs that we usually know now.
I have been asked to evaluate my interpersonal and written
Interpersonal skills and written
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As every person, I have strengths
and weaknesses which make me the person I am. As my strengths I could say that
I am flexible and hardworking which I consider as a good skill which could be
useful for successful carrier. I am also a team player, so working in a team
would not be a problem because I am also helpful person and I can organise and
share tasks with others. I am motivated and adaptive, so changeable environment
is not a problem with me. I think I am also good at written communication as I
consider my grammar as good.
But there are also my weaknesses
that are keeping me behind from perfect. I think that I am too impulsive and
calm which is not looking good for future employers. I think my weaknesses are
in oral communication because I have a lack of confidence and words which are
making me nervous to stand in front of people and audience.
To improve myself and my
qualities, I should take time and work on my weaknesses. To make this happen, I
should take part of the activities which could make me overcome my fears like
confidence and lack of words. This could be accomplished by joining more public
conversations, expressing my opinion and share my points of view with the
others. To overcome my proofreading
weakness, I will have to be more patient to finish my work and try not to be
distracted by anything that is not related to my task. I will take time to get
better in analysing what I have written and proof-read grammar, punctuation and
spelling errors separately. To become less impulsive, I will try to write down
my goals, so I can sort my tasks and do not get confused. I will set a time to
accomplish them and follow my schedule through the day.
I have been
asked to identify of improvement and review my progress on the personal
development plan I have made.
What I achieved so far
By making and using a personal
development plan I have achieved most of my goals. I have done my assignments
on time using spreadsheets and helpful information and I also have understood
what type of learner I am. I understood that I am good at listening and this
helps me learn new information, but I also know that I am combination of
learning styles which all together help me understand the world around me. I compare
my strengths and weaknesses and overcome my fears by doing the things I have
been scaring from. This personal development plan helped me improve my
personality and gain new qualities. I think that making your own plan could
help you any time in future and you can motivate yourself by putting things
that you want to achieve.
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To improve my weaknesses, I will
focus on trying to overcome them.
Patience – I tried to be more
calmful. There was a little improvement as I still trying to get better. When I
get lack of patience I am trying to focus on something else and do not think
the think that take my patience.
Getting nervous in front of audience – I have been trying to be part in more discussions that have
been surrounding me. I have tried to speak in front of my classmates on
different activities and what can I say is that I almost overcome my fear of
speaking when there are lots of people.
Confidence and lack of words– as a part of trying to overcome my fear of speaking in front
of audience I think I also overcame the problem with my confidence and lack of
words. As I started talking with more people I got more confident by them
listening to me and learn some new words by listening to them.
Goals that I have achieved:
Finishing my assignments
Improve my weaknesses
Gain confidence and take
part of discussions
Improve my proofreading
Learnt new words
Learnt how to be less
I have accomplished my targets
with the help of this personal development plan which help me sort my task and
make a schedule what should I do first and what help I could use to finish my
targets. As I followed the plan, I have learnt that I could work hard to finish
my targets and learnt some valuable lessons. I would recommend using personal
development plan because it is really helpful and helps you to be less
distracted and more focused on your work.