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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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Learning Key Stage 1

Week 3

It is half term week and whilst spending time with my children I realised that to assist in school, I should know a little about what they learn every day. Some people remember snippets of information from their school days, usually the basics, but for me, I hardly remember anything unless it’s of interest. Obviously this isn’t going to hold me in good stead if I want to progress into teaching and it definitely won’t help me if I want to help the children and teachers at our local school.

While I was at the local high street, I decided to pop into Waterstones to take a sneak peek in one of the Key Stage 1 books (yes, an extremely basic area that Infant children learn!) and I was wasn’t surprised to see the amount of information that I had forgotten because of my ignorance and lack of need for use 😯

I am a little embarrassed 😳 at my lack of general knowledge and understanding of the key points that lay down the foundations of our learning but I have been aware for many years that the subjects I love, I learn. I read and become obsessed with the details, yet for anything else, it goes in but it doesn’t seem to store anywhere. I think from knowing this, I have 100% confidence that I will re-learn all the information applicable for assisting young minds since I’m now on that path. This is my chosen career whether as a Main Stream Teacher, Special Needs Teacher or Educational Psychologist – I know what I want to learn and I will learn it.

So to start, I have bought myself the KS1 revision book for English and on order I have selected KS1 Mathematics and Science, KS2 Mathematics, Science and English, and KS3 English and Science. I will go back to basics and start again.

I’ve already started reading through the English KS1 book and it covers things such as: acrostic poem, adjectives, adverb, alliteration, apostrophe, contraction, homophones, metaphor, noun, plural, simile, syllables, tense and verb – these are all words that I don’t know with exception of those I know of by meaning but not by their name.

Is this due to my lack of intelligence? No, I think I am quite intelligent; maybe it’s partly due to the way I learn and the information I store, it wasn’t something I took on board at a young age due to my ability to drift off into my world, a dreamland – something I wasn’t aware I did until I was in my late teens by which time everything had passed me by and I’d had enough of education.

Is this due to my ignorance? definitely; as you get older you realise there is a lot of information you didn’t take onboard whilst still at school (at least there was for me) and most people pick things up as they go along in adult life – I didn’t.

I think its safe to say that I have determination to make this work 🙂

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Home, School, Study, Year 1, Year 2


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