Within the past few weeks of being in this course I have noticed an increase of aspects that I was unaware of that were affecting me. I have learned that I am not good with self-discipline, which then leads to stress that I am not very good at coping with. After participating in the activity in class about learning to say “no,” I have realized that I am they type of person that doesn’t know how to say no to others. I have been able to practice mindfulness and it has impacted me in a positive way with my relationship with others. I have recently learned that I have no ability to have self-discipline.
Procrastination is a problem with many people especially in the academic and working worlds. Procrastination is when a person puts off work, many different things can cause a person to do this. I am one of the people that procrastinates and end up having trouble getting work done resulting in getting behind in school and other activities, I have more stress than what is healthy and it has caused health problems; it makes me unable to accomplish things in my life. The causes of procrastination for me are obvious and I can fix these problems. Procrastination is a problem in my life because of an absence of motivation to complete tasks and lack of focus on the tasks at hand.
One of the major reasons why I procrastinate, is that I never have the motivation to get up and start doing work. This may be because of lack of sleep or not eating healthy food but in general it is because I just don’t have enough energy. Thinking about all the work I have to do, makes me think that I am not ready yet to put myself through several hours of torture. Having a bad day will also lower down my motivation level and cause me to procrastinate so that I can just relax. Doing work, especially if it’s a course I don’t enjoy can make me feel stressed.
Laying around during my free time, instead of working on my homework, always sets me up for failure. I often find myself waiting until the last second to complete my assignments, sometimes however, I find myself not doing some assignments at all. This impacts my grades because they often drop until I finish my assignments. My grades dropping make me look bad to my parents and cause tremendous stress to myself. My lazy attitude towards homework causes me to wait until the last second to complete it.
I write this clear and concise reflection to identify and evaluate an academic problem that I feel is negatively impacting my studies which is time management; otherwise, I find lot of difficulty to manage my time. This problem influences my academic and personal life because I cannot manage my time correctly in order to be successful. Firstly I am not organized and I don’t have any plan to set and apply. This shows clearly the difficulty of my critical situation. I became to feel anxious and nervous all the time and also it affects on my grade.
As a neophyte in the world of education and lesson planning, my greatest struggles were with transitions and closure. I found that my transitions were usually jarring for my students, as vague directions and expectations hindered them from smoothly shifting to the next learning activity. I realize now that this was due to my failure to establish a consistent classroom routine (a mistake I will remedy this year). I realize now that I cannot expect my students to follow a routine and set of expectations without first firmly establishing it! My other weakness was in providing closure for each lesson.
Many of the schools on the low performing list lack in the quality and quantity of teachers and books. This causes students not to meet the expected standards on standardize tests. Low test scores can lead to high dropout rates and low graduation rates. Another small problem they face is overcrowded classrooms which bring along the huge number of discipline problems. It can add to the low test scores because teachers are often interrupted with discipline problems while trying to teach large classes.
In Project I, the organization was horrible. I felt like I could not find the correct way to transition my paragraphs, so it seem like I continued to jump from topic to topic without producing a good transition word to make everything flow. However, towards the end of the semester that was something that I worked on and it shows throughout the rest of my work. In the end, ENG 3010 has taught me different strategies for writing in my discourse community. At first, it was a bit challenging because I was unfamiliar with the writing situations.
I would have to search for answers in my memory for some time. Sometimes answers just weren’t retrieved at all. I became frustrated in school often, and eventually developed a negative attitude toward school. I struggled a lot with this because I knew I could do better. Every day I prepared myself for failure because I lacked the tools and strategies that I needed to succeed in school.
Lowering my self-esteem made me become hesitant about many things, especially academic work. I especially became afraid of writing something that is wrong and unrealistic. Nowadays, I began to make the similar mistake, procrastinate my work. I would wait to last few days to complete any assignment. But every week, I would make a to-do list to keep me on task.