Towards the end of middle school I took a placement test to determine where I would start my math classes at high school. After failing most of it I realized that, unlike myself, many of my future fellow classmates had already been exposed to algebra in middle school. I hated the feeling of starting off behind and that summer I was determined to learn Algebra 1 on my own. I borrowed a few textbooks from the library and plowed through a pile of workbooks that I bought at my neighborhood independent education bookstore in San Francisco, which sadly no longer exists today. I was placed in Algebra 1 when freshman year started. It became clear to my teacher at the time, who had started using my worksheets as the answer keys, that I should be
After seeing the video of professor Chew’s talk on “How to get the most out of studying, part 1” I realize the mistakes I’m doing when I’m studying. I been doing the same mistake since high school and now I know why I was struggling so much in some classes. Because I was multitasking most of the time when I was studying and being over confidents about knowing the topic I wasted a lot of time learning.
Furthermore, I started working on Algebra 2 problems which were a little more tedious than the ones from the other class, yet, they still entertained me. After a couple of weeks in that class, the teacher approached me and asked me if I would like to try a more challenging class; AP Math. I saw it as a good challenge and gave it a chance. Now that didn’t turn out as I expected. The teacher was from a foreign country and had a terrible accent. As a result, I couldn’t understand anything. I felt lost from the moment she started talking to that end I couldn’t follow. I was trying to learn English and had enough with my other classes. I didn’t want my favorite class to become stressful, so I decided to go back to Algebra 2. The teacher welcomed
After thought, I remembered my poor fifth grade math performance and thought about why I did better in the years after. I falsely concluded that I became more hardworking and proceeded to apply that solution to my present problem. I attended as many after-school study sessions as I could, and did every question in the book. On a few occasions I even found more online resources that could help me evaluate my knowledge and increase it. The culmination of my efforts succeeded, even though they were based on a false assumption. I had grown as a
Manage your time wisely and try to get the best rest ever. For me resting 7 hours is a miracle, but I have other friends who do it, so it is possible, it is not a myth. It just happens so that I feel more productive at night than during the day, but it study habits varies from one person to the other. Try to take good notes during lectures, go to office hours because there are times professors will give you a copy of the old exam. The school also offers tutoring for virtually every subject and if it is not an exam but papers, I would recommend going to the writing center—they are a valuable
Redefining conventional education standards and challenging learning norms, I am a devout believer in experiential learning to challenge myself and the world around me. A leader is an individual who embraces different perspectives, creates unity, and foster an environment conducive to the shared success of a larger group. Cognizant
My earliest math memory was in Elementary school; it was a time that I completely understood what I was supposed to do (math wise at least). It was in middle school that I was introduced to different math equations and formulas. At the time I had enjoyed the way that
Without a doubt the lessons and exercises on time management were the most meaningful to me. They brought insight into why I seemed to be constantly working yet still never really got anything I wanted to accomplish throughout the day finished. I realized the majority of the activities I had
As a lifelong learner, it is important to recognize one’s unique needs in order to continuously gain and create new knowledge. Self-directed learning (SDL) was found to be the basis for those who identify with being a lifelong learner (Dynan, Cate, & Rhee, 2008). Therefore, self-directed learners tend to be motivated by intrinsic incentives to successfully acquire new skills and qualities for personal and professional growth (Hiemstra, 1994; Patterson, Crooks, & Lunyl-Child, 2002). Self-directed learning is a process in which the individual determines their path in recognizing and implementing learning strategies for their needs (as cited in Dynan et al., 2008). As a self-directed learner, one has the ability to strengthen the desire to achieve and accomplish goals (Hiestra, 1994). Previous literature identified self-directed learners as the most effective learners when he or she has identified and chose their preferred learning styles. For this reason, teachers in secondary schools introduce and model various learning strategies to provide students with the foundation for future use. With this SDL skill, students should determine useful resources and tools, identify required modifications for unique needs, and address any questions (Dynan et al., 2008). This provides students with the ability to make learning meaningful and easier to retain (Dynan et al., 2008).
Major Writing Assignment #5 (341 words) Looking back at my work, my reading and writing experience in the course has shaped my expectation for college along with my future goals by realizing the challenging obstacles I have to go through in order to succeed.
A purposeful approach to personal growth through my ongoing coursework is an excellent way forward in my professional career. By staying positive, optimistic and working hard along the way, I know I can achieve my goals. I am very excited about the new material I will learn in my educational pursuit the new challenges and the final reward.
Individuals can unravel effective study strategies by discovering what their learning style is and by embracing inspirational motivation skill. Motivational skills can trigger cognitive reasoning, and allow the mind to learn and become successful. As a group, we chose motivation and efficient study strategies, because these topics parallel with each other, illustrating the need for both to be victorious in academic goals. Negative motivators can prevent learning in one’s life. Motivation comes in all forms creating stimulation in the mind and body to complete a task. Motivation helps us to identify reasons for learning, helps to create productive organization skills, creates the desire for time-management dynamics, and generates positive
When I entered secondary school, I lost interest in my studies. Till this day, I remember very distinctly an incident that changed my attitude towards my academics. My Mathematics teacher came up to me and told me that I was the last in class for the examination. It walloped me that the whole class was ahead of me. Moreover, it was a crucial year as our performance would determine which subject combination we were eligible to take. Thankfully, I had an extremely patient Mathematics teacher who ignited my passion for Mathematics. I started working very
As I reflect on my first four week of algebra I recall being very skeptical that I could learn and complete a mathematics course with a passing grade. Thats because I had not taken a mathematics course since graduating high school in 1999. I struggled with match in high school and never really felt overly confident that I could learn and apply mathematics in real life. Over the past four weeks I have learned a great deal of information and how algebra can be applied in real world applications. The course has been challenging but I feel that I am doing ok and I am hopeful that I can pass this course and move on to attaining my degree.
Yet another effort to achieving my goals. With short timing, I managed to maintain my pace, to overcome many obstacles. Have my mind on the big picture towards the long run. I’ve been avoiding distractions so I can become successful through my courses in college. I’ve come to learn from varies mistakes that others have encountered along the road such as dropping out along the way. Improving my study habits made me realized how important education can come to be. Having the dedication, and willingness to keep my eyes on the prize has really motivated in how I carry my daily activities.