Monthly Archives: November 2016

Managing my learning

This blog post relates to the online units and I will reflect on factors that aid my learning and also hinder my learning.

Recognition/reflection                                                                          Action

What helps my learning?                                                                         How can I utilise these?

Revision                                                                                   I should look over notes that I am                                                                                                                unsure of and ask peers to quiz me/ use                                                                                                    flashcards.

Organisation                                                                         I should organise my time by timetabling                                                                                                   when I have lectures, and set aside time                                                                                                     to complete work.

Team work/discussion                                                      I should ask peers about anything I am                                                                                                      unsure of, meet with them outside                                                                                                              lecture hours and engage in the blog.

Placement opportunity                                                    By going on placement to a primary                                                                                                            school, this will help me get a hands on                                                                                                      experience of teaching and will help me                                                                                                    gain better skills to become a teacher.

What hinders my learning?                                                  How can I address these?

Distraction                                                                      I will ensure to study in places that do not                                                                                                  cause distraction, such as going to the                                                                                                        library, or studying in my room.

Not reflecting enough                                                  After completing tasks or replacements, I                                                                                                   should reflect more to see what I can                                                                                                         improve on or what I did well.

Studying without breaks                                            I will ensure to study for short times and                                                                                                    have breaks in between to ensure my                                                                                                        revision is more rewarding.


A couple of weeks ago, I fully attempted an OLA and a NOMA. I had tried before in the past, but the OLA was not working properly when it came to the sound, but finally it started to work.

When I found out we had to engage with the OLA and NOMA I was not sure what to think. However, I soon found out that they were only for our personal progress and to help us on improving our basic literacy and numeracy skills.

I firstly attempted the NOMA. Whilst at primary, I was fairly good at maths, but when I got to secondary school I struggled with it a lot, so was not sure on how I would do on the NOMA. In the end I scored 47/56 (84%). I was very shocked at this as I didn’t think i’d get such a good score. I found that I need to practice the area of certain shapes and also congruent cross sections. Luckily, I have a couple of books to help me with this.

Next, I did the OLA. I loved literacy at school and went on to do advanced higher English in 6th year. However, I had not brushed up on my grammar, spelling and punctuation since primary school so was not sure how I would fair. I scored 25/35 (71%). I feel that this is a fairly good score for my first attempt but in the next few practices I want to aim for higher (hopefully reaching at least 85%). I found that I was particularly good at the spelling, but that I need to work on pronouns and adverbs.