What I took from this week’s module is a new tool that will help me stay motivated during my studies. The web tool is Noisli (https://www.noisli.com) which provides calm/relaxing noises that can be adjusted to your liking. I’m glad that I was introduced to this tool in this week’s module because I know that it will benefit me in the future and I do plan on using it more often. During the two days that I used the app, I noticed that I didn’t experience any interruption or loss of concentration which used to be a struggle for me when I used a playlist from a music app. When I’m studying the fewer distractions is the better because I tend to lose focus easily when I am distracted which is why I use background music to keep me concentrated and in tune. I was also able to create a “combo” which is basically a playlist of sounds that I found relaxing on the site, I just noticed that you could share a link to your own combos so here is one of mine: https://www.noisli.com/s/4b79ac8099
During this week’s module, I learned a lot about researching topics and finding the best resource. When I usually write essays on topics or create presentations my teachers give me the opportunity to gather my information before structuring my essay. I always check if a resource is credible and if it answers the topic. The videos given in this week’s module gave me a better understanding when it comes to analyzing my resources and making sure the article has good quality, utility, and is reliable.
What I learned from this week’s module is a new way of taking notes. I mean previously we learned the Cornell and outline method but I only tested them once, this week I received a better understanding of both methods and now I would really like to try the outlining method. From comparing my notes with Kates and Sarah I noticed a tiny difference within their notes that made the topic more clear and broke everything down. I noticed that my note-taking doesn’t need much change but could definitely be improved. I’ve never had much trouble understanding my own notes but sometimes when I am rushed and look back at them that’s when confusion settles in. Sarah’s method of note-taking, which was the outlining method, gave me a better understanding of how I can break down and minimize my notes in a way that I can understand them when I look back at them. Another thing I learned from this week’s module is the basics of fashion drawing. In the assignment where we submitted an academic youtube video that was related to our outside classes or classes in the future, I was able to do my own research on a class I will be taking in the fall. Now I have a hint of what to expect for the future class I will be taking.
This week I was able to look more into study strategies. The assignment “Best of the web” exposed me to new resources that I can use in the future for my studies. Some of the resources that I had found I realized I have already been using. A resource tool that has always been beneficial to me when it came to my studies and preparing for my exams is Quizlet. I’ve always used Quizlet the day after creating a study guide in class. Also, whenever my teacher would hand back assignments I corrected my answers before creating flashcards on Quizlet. The flashcards allowed me to study and quiz myself for as long as I needed until I was able to memorize what I have learned over a unit. By studying this way I have succeeded in the majority of my exams and it also helped my learning as a whole. I find study strategies very important because it eventually becomes a routine and makes it less stressful when it comes to studying. Study strategies can also enhance your learning skills and keep you on track. Study strategies keep me organized and help me prioritize what I have to look over before taking on a big assignment or exam.
What I’ve learned from this week’s module is how to create a task list and calendar that will not only help me time manage but keep me up to date with my assignments. I often forget to set reminders on my phone for important things coming up such as events, appointments, or assignment due dates. I figure since I always check my Gmail that it would be much easier for me to start using google tasks as a substitute for my reminders. Google task is easily accessible through Gmail so I want to try to embed that into my daily routine so that I can get the hang of checking my tasks list and updating it every time I look through my Gmail. Before this module, I never found creating events on calendars useful, but now I wouldn’t mind trying it. I noticed that google calendar and my apple calendar both have a similar feature where you can categorize events by color so that it’s easier to identify work, assignments, and appointments.
- What ideas from this module could I put into practice in the future?
As stated earlier the ideas from this module I could put to practice in the future are the google tasks list and calendar.