In this essay, I am going to reflect my learning during the PSKC module and give a brief overview for all the lessons given during first four weeks. Knowledge and creativity helps an individual to think, perceive, express and enhance their personality. In the first week, I learnt about the basic understanding of using the college’s digital college, checking emails with accepting cookies and other policies. Also, I learnt about new knowledge areas such as email etiquette through use of Outlook, then also using One Drive and saving it. Moreover I understood how to assess the resources, briefs, and lessons on LSST connect log using password. It has also included about the Bucks Graduate Attributes that will help me in my higher education. Self development is crucial and thus, they the LSST computers can be accessed by two keys such as user name and password.
Through this, i can enter the digital college and can be able to access RM books, BBC languages, LSST connect and website and also Outlook. On this single platform, i am able to do so many things and further, there will be no delays. I understood about LSST based resources available in library, importance of reading and listening skills.. However, now am confident in evaluating sources need practise and now i have understood how to segregate the types of resources such as websites, books, periodicals etc. For e.g. when checking websites, one must know the purpose, objectivity, currency and reliability to have clarity why such a website is built
Second week is about reading skills and digital literacy that taught me how to use Excel, One note, Microsoft edge, and in totality Office 365 with checking the domain credibility. Using Office Suite has become integral in today’s professional and academic lives as it has made the coursework easier to understand (Adler, Rodman and Du Pré, 2016). This helped me as a student because am still in a learning phase and is still improving. However, it becomes difficult to learn new things and use it on daily basis. For example, I am still not able to input the formulas on the excel sheet. It boosted my confidence to work on reading skills, which could help me to write better and understand my modules also easily. I started reading emails from my college and university, additionally, i focused on tutorials, lecture materials, books, and posters that are available nearby or in building. Besides, i try to do my assignments by doing some research and learn new words or framing grammatically correct sentences.
In the Third week is about the academic writing skills and importance of communication. I learnt about vocabulary, accuracy and application of verified and evidenced writing to be objective. Moreover, there are structured reports, portfolio and essays that is important for me to know and learnt on paraphrasing as well. Also, I learnt how to improve these skills to make my writing better and bringing some improvements in word skills. This module needs some more time from my side to understand the passive voice and how the academic writing should be done while using third person. I still struggle and thus, need more practise on daily basis. I learnt about the “the Academic sandwich” in which there are three sections and includes statement of purpose, evidence against the topic chosen or sources that are used to finish the assignment and lastly, conclusion or giving key findings.
In Fourth week I did observe that I should keep practising in making my experiences more valuable and put them into actions to know the difference between right or wrong. Here i learnt about Kolb’s theory in which doing, thinking, reflecting and planning must always be followed for becoming reflective practitioner. During all these 4 Weeks, I well thought about researching skills, with use of critical thinking in knowing the quantitative and qualitative sources. Here, my teacher explained about researching skills, I gained some knowledge on how to do evaluation of several resources like websites, books and periodicals and find the reliability. In here, I learnt about Kolb’s Cycle of Reflection and about reflective thinking as well. i also gained some knowledge about two techniques on how people reflect and it consists of learning in action and learning on action. The prepositions on and in are tricky here and a person should know the differences. I learnt that there is no lack of opportunity but i feel that fear of failure sometimes stop me in asking some doubts. Also, this week’s module focused on Driscoll’s Model which is the experiential learning cycle. This model included a cycle approach that starts from experiencing, then sharing, then processing, generalising and lastly, applying. If applying is not correctly done, then again experiencing tales places and it includes the activity phase. Here i understood that learning is never ending process and I shall always try to be more condiment in improving my communication and reading skills.
. In addition to this, I would also like to add that this is one of the most important skills in scoring better marks and can use it for further professional life as well. Now I understand that the significance for effective communication skills with respect to professional as well as academic levels (Henderson, Hawke, Chaim and Network, 2017). Further these all modules and week plans have given me enough confidence in handling the LSST website, reading the sources well, practicing to learn words and apply it daily basis, and differentiating the right material and having clarity about few topics. It helped me know that this is indeed very useful for a person’s own abilities. I learnt the a person must be intellectual and can observe, reason, experience to make his own actions and develop beliefs to follow for the entire life. To sum up, this module is very useful and beneficial for my own personal development and gave me a platform to make my knowledge more advanced like using excel, outlook and doing mathematical problems quickly.
Adler, R.B., Rodman, G.R. and Du Pré, A., 2016. Understanding human communication (Vol. 10). Oxford University Press.
Henderson, J.L., Hawke, L.D., Chaim, G. and Network, N.Y.S.P., 2017. Not in employment, education or training: Mental health, substance use, and disengagement in a multi-sectoral sample of service-seeking Canadian youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 75, pp.138-145.