When I first registered ES EPSY 1159, I hoped to learn a variety of technologies and resources and a way to effectively use them. I am glad that I was able to learn more than I expected. Not only I learned new resources such as Google calendar, but also I had a chance to learn more about myself by taking time management self-assessment and procrastination assessment.
I had a chance to take time management self-assessment and procrastination assessment twice. It gave me the opportunity to analyze my time management skills and whether I am a procrastinator. Although I did not find a serious problem, I still found a room to improve. For example, I started to bring study materials to my company and study during lunch break. This was the most meaningful experience because I never had a chance to analyze my schedule and seriously thought about improving my schedule. After this module, I improved my time management skill which will help me a lot in next semester.
Before I took this class, I was already used to making my own schedule. However, I always draw a calendar on a scratch paper. Even though my calendar has kept me on time for most times, I sometimes missed deadline or forgot submitting assignments when I was too busy. And then, I learned about Google calendar. Most of times I used Google for searching, so I did not know that Google offers many different services such as Google calendar, Google docs, and Google sheets. A good thing about Google calendar is that it would remind me my appointment, which I would had missed if I just wrote down on my paper calendar. Another good thing about Google calendar is that I can easily analyze my past schedule and see where I wasted my time. Even if I use Google calendar, I can still miss my appointment if I do not use my computer on that day.
Google docs, Google sheets, and Google slides are also very useful software. Not only those are free, but also those can be shared with others. Whenever I do a group assignment, my group members and I always exchanged our revised files through email. However, I sometimes found that we submitted not the most updated version. In addition, if I have used Google sheets and shared with my group members, I did not have to keep reminding my group members whether they revised it, and I could save a lot of my time.
E-Learning Companion is also a useful textbook because it taught me how to effectively use online tool to enhance my studying. Web-enhanced listening and viewing strategies and searching and researching modules are also very helpful for me. Even though I already get used to web based listening and viewing as I took IBT TOEFL, it was good for me to review and learn other strategies. Searching and researching module also taught me how to find the quality information in a short time. It will save my time for next semester.
I will continue to use new sources and skills that I learned from this class so that I will get used to them. I am confident that I will do better in next semester. I highly recommend this course for incoming college students and current students. Even though they might believe that they are already experts in this, they do not know everything. If taking this course, students will learn a lot of good resources and themselves.