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The aim of this essay is to reflect on the seven week course we have recently completed. At the beginning of the course, several aims were put forward. It was hoped that the course would help us to develop our oral and written communication skills

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Reflective essay: Juliette Smith. The aim of this essay is to reflect on the seven week course we have recently completed. At the beginning of the course, several aims were put forward. It was hoped that the course would help us to develop our oral and written communication skills as well as our planning and organisational skills. It also aimed to help us to acquire self and peer assessment skills, time keeping and time management skills, and to work productively in groups. With these aims in mind, each workshop was designed to develop a different skill, the main focus however, being on presentation skills. In this essay, I am going to work through each of the seven workshops, outlining the tasks involved, the aims and objectives, and how productive I feel each session was. By doing this, I will therefore be able to evaluate how productive I believe the course was to me personally, and perhaps what could be improved. In the first workshop, the focus was on getting to know other members of the group, though short presentations. An icebreaker was first used, which involved each member of the group briefly taking about themselves and their presentation styles and skills. ...read more.

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There were restrictions in terms of ink colour, but we could have added our own ideas around the writing. Another point made about our poster, was that although easy to read and clear, it was lacking in detail, and perhaps more background information could have been included. It is however difficult to know how much information to included on a poster, without making it look too sparse, or too cluttered, but we could have added a little more. As a whole however, the research proposal was a good one, and the poster looked very nice, and therefore that in terms of written or verbal communication, the poster was a success. In my opinion however, in terms of timing, three hours was not needed for this workshop, and perhaps some of the time from this workshop would have been more useful in workshop 2 where it was very much lacking. It only took half an hour to put the poster together, and half an hour to look at all the others. In workshop five, we yet again used the same research used in workshops there and four, this time presenting orally the poster presentation given last week. For our group therefore, this basically involved using the sheets made in workshop three, and reading out the information orally. ...read more.

Conclusion

Many other skills were also developed during the course, but I believe that these are skills I already had, and could just be put to use here. I do know what makes a good presentation, and this course did highlight some other points in terms of this, but I get too nervous when doing presentations, to ever be able to do one well, and with confidence. What I did enjoy about the course was that I got to meet other people who do psychology, that I would not have met otherwise, and in my opinion this is a benefit of the course. If this course was to be run again, it could be made a lot more interesting and less time consuming. I believe that it is important to develop team skills, and days like the one organised a few months ago make this an enjoyable experience. Perhaps it is important to do one or two presentations, in order to get used to the idea, but I don't think that so much time should be put into this. I feel that the one main benefit of the course was meeting new people and working in teams, but it seems to me that there are much more interesting ways of doing this, that do not need to be assessed as part of a psychology degree. ...read more.

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