Archive for June, 2010

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IRP Disaster

June 25, 2010

Although I have tried to follow the process and instructions of IRP, I am very dissatisfied with IRP process and its production. When I have analysed issues and difficulties that I have encountered during this process, I have found there are not just positive aspects but also there are negative sides I have ignored. These negative aspects affect negatively on my desire to create a perfect IRP compared with my desire at the beginning of strategies. In this blog, I am going to introduce the main issues and I have dealt with.

There are a variety of challenges that impact on my desire and IRP process despite of my accuracy to follow the steps of IRP.

1-      research paper experience

This is the first time I do research in my life. I do not know what research paper means. I thought just bring any topic and present information because I have never had any information about any research in my major which is Math. Therefore, I read more about research paper in math and some beneficial websites which provide a lot of effective and perfect strategies for doing that. Also, I have borrowed and read a helpful book which is Keys for Writers from BSL. Also, I print all important papers from my uni. Although, these strategies help me to have good knowledge about the meaning of research paper, I could not choose effective topic at the beginning.

2-      choosing topic

I followed many ways to choose a topic and I present two topics at the beginning but there are not anyone could help me about that especially because most research in my major about functions and numbers. Therefore, II attended some lectures and chose a topic which I interested in. the issue started from this point because there is not any one can judge whether my topic is appropriate or not. I tried to find comparison in this topic, but it was between facts, that mean not research. When I saw some my classmates topics and considered my teacher’s advice. I found that easy to me but after the time has gone.

 In conclusion, I think I benefit more and it was worth experience, especially about strategies and gain much math vocabulary. Please my classmates if you think I did something wrong advice me

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Listening

June 2, 2010

Hi my classmates, I hope everyone is happy at the end of this stage. 🙂

Although I can understand a lot of words and the meaning when others are speaking, I still have difficulties particularly in some special situations in class and on TV.

 I discover that I could not understand others when they using new words. I tried to find out what the reasons are and how I can treat those issues. Firstly, I find that I have limited words. That means I need to pay more attention about the amount of words that I have. For example, when Maria who evaluates us for group project speaks I can not follow her. When I tried to know the problem I find that I ignore some words. Therefore, I immediately wrote down the words that she said for example, ingrained and anticipate. After that, I used dictionary to check when I went home. I think this method very effective when you collect some new and especially academic words and after period of time translate them. Secondly, regarding some TV program like Insight I like because it includes some interesting topics and discussion and different opinions. The problem also continues and I lost my interested in when I can’t understand their discussion. I use the same method just write down the words and if I have chance translate during program but if not I delay it. Actually, understanding what other says is my main problem. And I consider the website BBC that some classmates advise I think it is very helpful to increase your vocab. And then become a good listener.

 This is my difficulties and if you have any advice, please tell me.

 Kind Regards,

Hadil