Oddly enough I find that I have had more help now than I ever had in my earlier college career now that I (as well as the majority of us all) have been taking my Online Learning Strategies course, as I am continuing to find new resources that I feel should honestly be more talked about even in more stable times (Anyone remember how to get to campus?). I feel as though I have missed out on all of the opportunity to use these resources, which I have been able to a fair degree, especially an app that keeps me from accessing sites when I shouldn’t. At the beginning of this module I was at first very much worried that this would be less informative than I would have liked, but I have been pleasantly proven incorrect by both my instructor and my fellow classmates, whom have made many contributions to viable resources for the average student. I have discovered multiple new, and most importantly effective, ways to help me study, which is especially useful for the genetics course that I have, in my infinite wisdom, decided to take during the summer months when I would be away from campus and those that I usually study with. I would like to thank you all for this and I want to wish you all good luck, steady concentration, and a happy fourth.
This post was originally inspired by StudyStack, whose link is https://www.studystack.com/, but has evolved to many more.
Throughout this week I was able to explore the use of the computer more than I was initially comfortable doing, especially in the form of tracking my week down to the tiniest detail (So that may be a little melodramatic) and finding out that I am much more boring than I had originally anticipated. My boringness aside however, I was able to explore how I went about my life a little more effectively than I had been able to in the past and was able to dive into the “why” of my general procrastination within my school career. In doing this I found that I may simply not have enough time on my hands to accomplish every task I would like to, and it is most likely causing the rest of my tasks to suffer because of it. In Tim Urban’s TED talk he explains his procrastination issues as basically a response to simply not wanting to do what he should and doing what he wants until the last moment and panic strikes. This sounds fairly familiar to me (except the monkey) and I was not shocked when I tried to apply this to my own situation, but I found that my willingness to be distracted is simply due to the fact that I don’t do much more than work, whether it be for school, or one of my two jobs. Unlike Tim I am at a loss as to how to correct this in my own life without simply sacrificing one of the things I do in order to make ends meet time-wise. I hope that none of my classmates have this dilemma and I also wish you all good luck in your studies!
I find that in today’s new normal online world that we all must participate in (some of us being excited, others not so much) that there is no small amount of trepidation in how we all communicate and learn along side one another. These trying times can see many of us using the internet in communication more than we have in the past, with this blog post being a perfect example, and it has come to mind that many of us less tech savvy or internet familiar people have a hard time expressing our ideas and tone effectively to others. I find that the idea of Netiquette is a much more useful tool than I had originally suspected in my computers courses back in high school lead me to believe. Even though we have all written possibly countless emails to our advisors, professors and fellow students, the use of the standardized email template provided in this module is probably a good refresher for some. However, the most important part I found to be was the more specific wordage that is used in this method of communication, as the main features in traditional communication is lost to some of us in text. Even as I write this I find that I constantly reread and alter this post in order to try and convey a friendly attitude towards you all while also not becoming robotic in doing so. I hope that armed with this understanding of communication breakdown (for some) that we do not jump to conclusions in their attempts to be courteous (whether they are successful or not).
Here is the video from the lecture that inspired this post: