An introduction in studying in HE

Because I'm still feeling a bit disappointed in myself for not finishing up the Digital Film Course in time, I really want to improve my study skills and become much more disciplined in the way I plan my time and more important, prioritise it. There are a few reasons why I didn't finish the course in time, but the main issue has been that I'm very easily swayed away by other activities that come my way. I move a lot from country to country and in order to not feel lonely, I sign up for activities and things that take a lot of time, are fun, but do stand in the way of my studies. 

Besides that, whenever people hear I'm doing a photography course they ask me to photograph their family, events, etc. I'm not very good at saying no, so I found myself spending a lot of time on other projects than my studies and that has also really kept me from moving forward. It also made me very grumpy because I felt that I wasn't ready to do the things I was asked to do and I got stuck at photoshopping wrinkles and pimples. 

So no more of that. To start of right, I'm doing to the Introduction in studying in HE and that has been very insightful already. I have made task list and was already able to cross off a few. Now I'm looking at my learning styles and this is the style that I incline to most: 

If you prefer doing and feeling then you’re in the organising category. You:

  • are good at adapting to changing circumstances and solve problems in an intuitive ‘trial and error’ manner, such as discovery learning
  • tend to be at ease with people
  • prefer the challenges of new experiences, involvement with others, assimilation, role play
  • like anything new, problem-solving and small group discussions

As the syllabus mentions, these results should be interpreted in such a way that you realise that on focusing on only one part of the learning cycle, you miss out on other important steps of learning, which would be the reflecting, philosophy and analysing part. Good to know and be aware of!

OCA,  Interpreting the result. Available at: http://www.oca-student.com/node/97016 (Accessed: 3 November 2015).