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Procrastination

Procrastination – my favourite new word. I kept seeing that on another forum I frequent but didn’t know what it meant so decided to look it up.

Procrastination is described as putting off, deferring, delaying or postponing something that requires your attention, usually your immediate attention. For example, now I should be getting washed, tidying up and doing my course work but instead, here I am posting about what I shouldn’t be doing.

I gave up work to concentrate on the house, kids and not to have the excuse that I was doing my TMAs ALL night – and yes, I mean in my last course I wasn’t going to bed the night before my TMA was due because I got too far behind on the work. I’ve tried to learn from experience but in the early stages of this course found I was doing everything else but my study.

For me, having a child with special needs adds extra strains in our life and like all children, both make far too much mess; I find I’m constantly tidying up, washing or ironing and any spare time in the evenings I’m too tired to concentrate on reading.

You could say ‘well, get them to tidy up then!’, but unless you’ve had dealings with a child with Autism and an Attention Deficit (the less compulsive side of ADHD), you’ll realise that getting them to do anything menial is extremely hard. However, that’s something to be left for other posts.

Unlike my previous course (maths), reading tends to need a lot more of my attention in order for it to sink in. I’m a slow reader with low comprehension which for me means that I have to read and sometimes re-read to take in and understand what I’ve read. I suppose you could look at it in this way: following a quick reading test supplied speed test I read 20% lower than the national average with an approx speed of 188 words per minute. This was with relatively easy text, so imagine how slow I am to read course material!

With holidays being just over a week away, I have to adjust my schedule, my list of priorities and get ahead of my course to make sure I do well in my next TMA that is due for completion in the week I return.

How do you cope with a lack of enthusiasm or having too many things you want to do?

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in Home, Psychology, School, Study

 

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Learning at a distance

Weeks 10 & 11

During these two weeks my Psychology course materials arrived. I ticked everything off against the check sheet that came with the delivery and then put the package to one side until I was mentally prepared to start looking through the work.

My previous course was in mathematics and I managed to get so far behind I was struggling to get the assignments in on time, working all night just to finish the work. I started off extremely well but by the time I was on the third assignment, I was flicking through the study books trying to make sense of what I should already have learnt. That was one of the many difficult times in my life and the stress from that, trying to stay on top of my job and dealing with a lot of home issues started to take its toll. However, I was lucky, I passed my course, changed all areas of my life and started to move forward in a positive stream. I had a make a gamble and so far its been the rignt choice!

Eventually I sat down and un-packed the materials, putting the book behind my bed (easily accessible, this is where the books I’m reading and my notebooks go), looking over the website only to find it still wasn’t active and read through the introductory booklet that came with the work.

During the 2nd week the site opened enough for me to start on my course ahead of schedule. I was expecting to be dumped straight into the abyss but surprisingly this wasn’t how it was at all. The first weeks work was set to concentrate on how the course website worked, how to navigate the webpages and links, understand the basic terminology and different types of material (such as web or book) and introduce us into the world of Psychology.

I didn’t complete the full weeks worth of work during this time, although I managed to complete half of it and set aside time for the last bit when the course actually went ‘live’.

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Home, Psychology, Study

 

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