Moodle Task 6: How Has Year One of University Helped You Develop?

For the last moodle task, I was required to create a statement about 5 words that describe how I have developed over the last academic year. Here is what I wrote.

Since starting at WUC, I have become more passionate, tenacious, reflective, self-reliant and insightful.


Moodle Task 3: How will reflection help me become a good therapist?

Reflections are a method that many people use to improve their ability to complete a certain task. Therapists constantly use reflective methods for this purpose, which enables more Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely (SMART) targets. To create a clear goal-directedness for both patient/owner and me the practitioner (Kreucher et al., 2006).

Writing a reflection after an event, by using the Gibbs Reflective Cycle (Gibbs and Coffey, 2000) enables me to make more of an educated decision on the outcome of an event/events (Baird et al., 1991). Reflecting has also been shown to increase academic ability (Travers et al., 2014). Meaning that I will be able to realise where I have made mistakes. Therefore, I will be able to reflect upon this so I can improve the method I will use next time.

This will be especially useful for me while I am studying at university. By using reflection methods, I am able to find the most effective revision techniques, to ensure that I am able to reach my full potential, especially, as the course progresses. By getting into the habit of reflecting on my experiences now, will make it a lot easier in the future, as it will become an ingrained habit (Wallenbert and Jonsson, 2005).


Baird, J., Fensham, P., Gunstone, R. and White, R. (1991) ‘The importance of reflection in improving science teaching and learning’. [online] Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 28(2) pp.163-182. [Accessed on 15 March 2017] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tea.3660280207/full.

Gibbs, G. and Coffey, M. (2000) ‘Training to teach in higher education: a research agenda’. Teacher Development, 4(1) pp.31-44.

Kreucher, C., Blatt, D., Hero, A. and Kastella, K. (2006) ‘Adaptive multi-modality sensor scheduling for detection and tracking of smart targets’. [online] Digital Signal Processing, 16(5) pp.546-567. [Accessed on 12 March 2017] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1051200404001204.

Travers, C., Morisano, D. and Locke, E. (2014) ‘Self-reflection, growth goals, and academic outcomes: A qualitative study’. [online] British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85(2) pp.224-241. [Accessed on 17 March 2017] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjep.12059/full.

Wallenbert, I. and Jonsson, H. (2005) ‘Waiting To Get Better: A Dilemma Regarding Habits in Daily Occupations After Stroke’. [online] American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 59(2) pp.218-224. [Accessed on 16 March 2017] http://ajot.aota.org/Article.aspx?articleid=1872083.


Moodle Task 1: My VARK Results

I completed a learning style test (VARK) and here are results:

Visual 9

Aural 7

Read/Write 8

Kinaesthetic 9

From looking at my VARK scores I am quite surprised how close they are, as I expected to have more of a spike towards visual and kinaesthetic. Being dyslexic I knew I would have a lower aural score because I have always struggled to remember spoken words as my brain loses concentration easily. Hence the reason why my reading and writing score is lower, but from past experience, I have found that drawing pictures alongside small amounts of writing is one of the most effective revision techniques.

Personally, I prefer to have a hard copy of my notes, as I find it easier to refer back if I am struggling with a topic. However, in lectures my notes aren’t always recorded as accurately because I can spend too much time in some cases working out how to spell certain words. I have found recording my lectures a huge asset to me, as I am able to write up my notes up neatly afterwards knowing that they are accurate.

Looking forward, I am going to focus my learning using textbooks with lots of diagrams and pictures alongside videos to back up what I have read (due to my high visual score). When I am in practical sessions I will make sure that I take an active role within the practical in order to use it as a revision tool. Overall I think it’s been a useful method for me to reevaluate my revision technique, to ensure that I am using the most effective method for me. Not only that it has aided my understanding of what other technology (a Dictaphone) I could use to support my studies.