Sunday, December 6, 2015

Missed the Draft, Part 2


A while ago, I had an assignment in Scott's class. The goal was to make a graph showing all the variables and equations affecting the cube and pulley system we were making. 

We were supposed to make multiple drafts, but I had only completed the first and last drafts (the latter being turned in significantly late), skipping the second one all together.  While I had completed the first and final drafts, my grade was significantly decreased by the missing draft. 

I now see the importance of completing all drafts in the future, as they lead to a significantly better product. The process of mistake, learn, grow, helped me recognize a problem I had and start thinking about solutions. One way I can improve is through time management and meeting the deadlines. I have to still come up with a way to better focus on tasks and hope to come up with something that works.

Missed the Draft

A while ago, I had an assignment in Scott's class. The goal was to make a diagram showing all the variables affecting the cube and pulley system we were making. 

We were supposed to make at least four drafts, but I had only made drafts three and four, skipping one and two. For some reason I couldn't focus on the first two drafts, thus missing the deadlines for those, but still completing three and four on time. While I had completed the final drafts, my grade was significantly decreased by the missing two drafts. 

I now see the importance of completing all drafts in the future, as they lead to a significantly better product. The process of mistake, learn, grow, helped me recognize a problem I had and start thinking about solutions. One way I can improve is through time management and meeting the deadlines. I have to still come up with a way to better focus on tasks and hope to come up with something that works.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Blogseption

Now for a blog post about...blogs.

In math we've been writing blogs about mistakes we've made in class. Keeping in the theme with my first three blog entries, I've been having trouble focusing on my work again. It's taken me possibly over a month to complete these blogs. 

Despite being a few months in, I am still having trouble getting into the mindset of working on assignments in school. While nights last year had been spent working towards my assignments (even if sometimes fruitless), most of my nights this year have been spent goofing off on youtube or other such pointless activities. 

Seeing my grade in math go from an A to a C has really taught me how damaging slacking off can be. The process of mistake, learn, grow, helped me recognize a problem I had and start thinking about solutions. I hope to start using the method I used in my first blog post to help me finish my assignments on time. 

0% Effort, Part 2

Looks like I didn't learn, did I? 

In Scott's class we had to write a lament about something that infuriates us. Once again, I didn't do my work, except this time I didn't have any partners.  

I have a little bit of an excuse this time, even if it's a weak one. We didn't really receive any introduction into it. We did do a couple of drafts, but we didn't receive any kind of assignments that would help us make the actual lament, like a spreadsheet to help us decide the topic, or a small essay to help us see the purpose in laments. We were given two laments, a speech on how to write a lament, and a speech on the purpose of laments, but no pre-work to help us learn and remember some skills in writing and ease us into the final product. Because of this, I had lost interest in doing an assignment that I felt was pointless anyway.

In retrospect, I should have asked for more help instead of slacking off. I did ask for help once on deciding a topic, but I still couldn't figure out what to write about. By the time I asked about what the point of this was, I was told that it was too late because it too long to explain. 

I have always had trouble writing about myself. I don't usually like to give my opinion or talk about things that happen to me, which is very unfortunate, as many assignments are on personal opinions and events. The process of mistake, learn, grow, helped me recognize a problem I had and start thinking about solutions. I need to learn how to talk more about myself and be more comfortable doing assignments that I don't like. 

0% Effort

Near the beginning of the year, we had an assignment in humanities where we were partnered up and had to find/make an image that related to a quote from one of two texts we had read. 

I ended up in a group of three, and we made an image from scratch. Well, my partners did anyway. For the entire assignment, I didn't helped my partners at all.

As a student, this is one of the worst things I could do, and I regret not helping my partners. The process of mistake, learn, grow, helped me recognize a problem I had and start thinking about solutions. I have to learn to focus more and do the work I am required to do. I know that I will not be successful in life until I take responsibility for my work, which I need to think of as my job.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Delay

It's taken me quite a while to write this first post. Fitting, considering the subject at hand.

I received the Domino Effect assignment on September 30th, and turned it in October 20th. That's 20 days it took me to finish this thing. 

I think the main reason it took me so long is because most of the time, I just wasn't doing anything. When I had the document in hand I was just thinking about other things and not focusing on the paper. 

This is something I have always have had a problem with. Whenever I have something to work on I get distracted with other thoughts in my head. I've tried many different methods to keep focused, but so far none have really worked. 

I am going to try setting an alarm for myself while working in class or at home. I will set it for a certain amount of time, and when it goes off, I will take a short break. Afterwards, I will resume working with the alarm reset. The process of mistake, learn, grow, helped me recognize a problem I had and use a new method to try to treat it. I am hopeful that this will be more effective than the other methods I have tried in the past and will let me focus on my work.