Personal Reflection

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At the beginning of the semester, I set four goals: managing time wisely, enhancing my self-learning ability, improving my listening and adapting to reading academic journals. Now, I have already achieved all of my goals via the three main course components (Focused Research and Writing, Seminars and GIS). The most important thing I have learned from Focused Research and Writing is the way of analyzing data and writing an essay based on those data. Knowing how to analyzing data is very important for us, especially for me. Even though it has not benefited me, I think it will help me a lot once I study at UIC. My major is Finance, so I need to deal with data very often. We are required to provide some solutions or recommendations by…show more content…
As for Seminars, I leaned how to write a CV and an annotated bibliography as well as explain concepts. All of them are useful. Knowing how to write a CV can help me to apply for schools or jobs. Knowing how to write an annotated bibliography can help me in my academic future at UIC. The most useful one is concept explanation presentation. When I learned to explain concepts, I got information about how to present in front of people, which is helpful for me. I did not like public speaking because I thought it was difficult, whereas I started to like presenting for the public because I found it was not that hard after mastering some skills of presenting. I have learned many skills of presenting. Also, the concept explanation presentations made contribution to improve my listening. I need to ask the audience questions and give some responses when they ask me questions, which practiced my listening comprehension. After finishing the study at TIE, I will still work on annotated bibliographies. This is very useful to organize my research. It can remind me what I have done about my topic. Seminars also helped me enhance the ability of self-learning since we needed to do research by ourselves before we doing these seminars. For instance, before we wrote in our fields, we needed to read some articles and go through some websites to learn how to write by ourselves. In terms of GIS, this was the most difficult course component for me, but it also the most beneficial

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