In the previous blog post, I talk about choosing a learning strategy and implementing it into my daily schedule while documenting the effectiveness, and reality of its usefulness. On the weekend of the 23rd in September, I spent some time searching for a well designed bullet journal template. Having a few colored pens and brush markers allowed me to start the journal immediately. Predicting that it would be hard transitioning and keeping up with the notes for every evaluation, I included motivational quotes on the pages. I packed the journal in my bag to ensure that I can write in it as soon as any feedback was given. What also motivated me to use the journal more frequently and design new pages were the compliments from friends. Their moral support engaged me to continue the journal.
The first journal entry was about the content test on the novel 1984. I noticed the mistake made was regarding identifying the specific type of characters of inner versus outer party members. After handing the test back to the teacher, I jotted the date and mistake into the journal.
A few days later, my biology teacher texted us through the Remind app that the unit one test was marked and available at lunch for review. After glancing at the text, I soon forgot about it along with my commitment to the journal. When documenting the use of my journal for the day, I felt guilty for not sticking to the plan. On the following day, biology was last period. The teacher brought up the opportunity to review the test after school. Having the journal in my bag and the flashback to the guilt, I stayed after school to look at my test. I realized the mistake made was in the categorization of a specific animal defense mechanism. When jotting this down in the journal, I recognized how similar this mistake was to the one made on the English test and became aware of how I would not have made this connection if it weren’t for this journal. By recording these notes, it made me more aware of not repeating the subconscious habits and instead, highlighting the details in the categorizations that differentiate similar things.
In the IDC-ICT class, after presenting the Pomodoro Technique, the commentary we received for areas of improvement included describing a specific example of implementation by students. I jotted this down in my notes and also included how it could be done by creating one based on my schedule.
I noticed a similarity in the commentary for my English writing assignment. My teacher suggested strengthening my writing with in depth personal connections. In both tasks, I did not address the subject with a personal connection hence can somewhat generalize my work.
With an upcoming critical review due in English, I made use of the working period to hear my teacher’s opinion. I noticed the comments on this rough draft did not include suggestions for self reflection but on current news. This allows me to realize how I made use of the notes effectively and improved on past mistakes.
In addition to the English write ups, while studying for the Biology test, I referred to the reminder in the journal to pay attention to categorization. Asking my teacher how I can work on the memorization led me to constantly practicing with the 3D molecule kit. I benefited from this enriched learning experience and was rewarded with scoring a better grade. Wanting to know if the journal helped also reduced my procrastination to review the test on the day it was ready. I am happy to say I did not repeat the same mistakes!
This strategy definitely improved my learning and reduce procrastination because of how I was able to easily reference an organized journal of suggestions for improvement. Having seen the improvements in my work habits, yes, I will continue the strategy of learning from failure. These easy to follow notes of areas for improvement reduced my procrastination as I was able to work more smartly and efficiently targeting the weak spots. The appealing layout definitely brightens my approach instead of negatively looking at my flaws in order for me to accept and to grow from them.