Learning about metacognition and self-regulation has helped remind me of my commitment to this course. I have often told myself that being a DE student actually doesn’t give me the luxury of being complacent in my studies. The only difference I can see from going to a traditional school is that I don’t have to attend classes on a scheduled day and time. And that is it. That in itself, is already a big difference for me, a full time mom, a part-time teacher and a student. But as to the luxury of studying when I want to, I didn’t think it would be an easy task. I wouldn’t want to cram for deadlines. What if something comes up right before the deadline and I still haven’t done any reading yet? I hate to think of not passing this course and wasting one trimester. I don’t have much time in my hands, I’m no longer young, and I want to be a full-pledged teacher soon. So I need to pass this course, right here, right now. No ifs, no buts. And why should I not aim of passing this course with very good drades? What my mind can perceive, my whole being can achieve.
The learnings I had from the videos of Prof.Stephen Chew, plus the wikipedia material on self-regulation has helped me in planning how to go about in this course. I must admit, when I was a lot younger I was guilty of some bad study practices. In tutoring my children, I have discovered a lot of facts which I know I took for granted when I was in school. That is why, as much as possible, I try to maximize my kids’ learning by making sure they gain most, if not all, of the knowledge they they should get. Much pressure, I know, but I was with them in their journey. Now, as a matured student, I already know what not to do, but I am also human and commits mistakes every now and then. My motivations, therefore, would keep me focused on my goals. With God’s grace and blessings, I plan to manage my time effectively, submit well-prepared assignments and devote energies/efforts which UPOU expects from all its students.
When I finally become a teacher, I hope to impart this study strategies to my students, so they too, would have maximized learning and would pass it on to their children, and then the world will be a better place than when we found it. So help us, God.