Self Reflection In Education

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Starting university from an international school in China, I was fully aware of the vastly different setting that I would be placing myself under coming to the University of Southampton. I thought I had accounted for all of the variables that I would have to adapt to; naturally, I made plans on how I would respond to the unfamiliar culture, crowd, and teaching styles. For the most part, I was correct in identifying the different stimuli I had to adapt to, but what I was not prepared for the magnitude of change. In this self-reflection, I attempt to see the things in my habits and thoughts that should either be kept, improved, or completely expelled in order to succeed in a higher education setting.

First, in order to thrive in higher education, one must be willing to learn, and to learn in the most efficient and effective way, it is typically productive to understand how one’s self prefer to process information and knowledge. In the textbook “Study Skills for Science, Engineering & Technology Students,” the authors explain Kolb’s model of having four stages of learning, where different types of learners are more comfortable (Maier et al,. 2009). I believe out of the four types of learners explained in the Kolb Experimental Learning Cycle, that I am a “pragmatist.” My personal principle of balance reinforces this claim, as I think that excessive
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While difficult, I am adapting well to the more distant teacher-student relationship that most higher education institutions provide, but my time management is still largely reliant on being under pressure. In order to be a full-fledged independent learner, I must be able to motivate and push myself to do the necessary work at the necessary pace to prevent high-stress situations right before Coursework deadlines (Maier et al.,
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