Proficiency Check

Some of the things that I think I’ve been doing pretty well with in this course:

Critically analyze contemporary events.

I believe I have a pretty good grasp of analyzing contemporary events. While I don’t watch the news, I do keep up with what’s going on. I have a decent sense of how everything relates and the ways different events here affect other countries. Reading 1984 has helped me become more interested in contemporary events because so many elements of its society are similar to aspects of our society today. For example, the proles are physically separated from the wealthier members of society; this is similar to the way that other countries are now blocked off from the U.S. by a wall.

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of an organization.

We practiced this one in class on Thursday. I’m getting gradually better at communicating in groups and making sure my points are not only heard, but understood as well. However, I’ve noticed that I am more engaged in discussions outside of class with people that aren’t as familiar with the same texts that I am. Just the other day, I was having a conversation with my sister and related it to 1984, and though she hasn’t read the book, she understood my points and we were still able to effectively communicate.

Develop greater proficiency as a self-regulated learner.

Being a self-regulated learner is something I pride myself on. If I don’t understand something, I look it up; if what I looked up doesn’t make sense, I ask questions. Taking responsibility for your own learning is essential to self-regulation. While I don’t believe in doing every single assignment for every single class all the time, I do see its value, at least in protecting my grade. However, I will say that taking those little assignment breaks helps in the grand scheme of things and prevents me from having (as many) mental breakdowns. All things considered, I think I have this down.

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