Ongoing reflection

After some months of participating in MINDs Tampines, I have really enjoying my time in this service. It is a really collaborative and enjoyable service, where mix service and fun very well together. Although the main purpose of the service is to come and dance with our clients, it is a very collaborative service as well, as when we dance together we are facing together as a group, and working together to entertain our clients. We have also had sessions in which the clients don’t come to school, and we sit together and discuss what is going well, what needs improving, and how we are going to improve. We have shared with each other about what everyone individually thinks is going well, and also compliment each other on what we think is going best with them if they re contributing well in the group. Something that is also really effective, is when we watch a video of ourselves during the session in which the clients came, and we reflect on how we acted, if anyone was just dancing with their friends without a client, and we give feedback to each other and share ideas on what we can do next time to prevent that from happening as much as we can. I feel like during these sessions, everyone in the team is willing to help others and work collaboratively to give feedback and work together to come up with new ideas and methods to improve our service work.

Something that I have also learnt from this service is about the significance of working with metalling impaired clients. I have never worked with mentally disabled clients before during service, so this experience has really opened my eyes to that issue. This new experience has really educated me on the issue on how not all mentally disabled people have a support system like our clients do, a well as how their disability affects their life. I think that issues like this should have more awareness and help as it is a big issue in the world, and not as looked at as other issues in the world right now. I’m really intrigued by issues like this regarding then brain and such, so I feel really grateful to be able to have been educated this way as it is a really impacting experience.

Ongoing reflection

After taking swimming back up for a couple of months now, I have been able to reflect on the past couple of months. I have come across issues regarding the commitment I have made to the sport, and have had to deal with them. Although I have been able to learn and develop some of my skills in swimming, I have come across challenges that seem to be getting in the way a little bit as well. These challenges are many regarding my commitment to the activity. As I can choose the days that I go, I find that I have been not as regular in my training as I would have liked. With lots of work from school, I have found that once I get home from school, I would much rather prefer to take a nap than go to swimming. Although this is the case, my mother does remind me that this is a commitment that I have made and I need to be more present in trainings. My participation in the activity has not been very good recently, as even when I do go to training, I don’t seem to be as engaged as my other team members as my head is normally somewhere else. When it comes to sport or exercise, I tend to enjoying working alone and focusing on myself rather than working as a team, which is something that I have had to work on the past few years, being part of a team. I find that during trainings, I am more detached than my teammates, not as involved as they are, or as interesting and dedicated than them. In order to improve on these issues, I think I need to work on my time management at home, making sure I have enough time for everything, and still leaving time to go to training. Managing my time to make sure that I have time for a nap if I need one, without disrupting my scheduled activists, such as swimming. This is going to be a difficult job to do as I tend to be a procrastinator and put work till last minute, which is when I have to go swimming, but then I have work to do that takes up that time.

Final reflection

Coming to the end of my touch rugby experience this year, I have had such a good opportunity to not only learn new things, but also work with new people from different grades, or even people in my grade then I haven’t had a chance to work with ever before.

I collaborated with lots of different people. not only people in my own team, but also people other teams as we sometimes trained together and worked together. Trying to work effectively with new people can sometimes be very difficult and frustrating, especially when they are people in different grades as you. I found this challenging but it never was too much for me to handle, in my team I had a couple of people who were in my grade and I was familiar with, although it wasn’t like we were close friends, but it was securing to have people that I still knew and we got to bond together due to that experience. We faced some challenges when working together, as some people were in different levels of skills and we easily got frustrated with each other if someone wasn’t preforming properly in the eyes of another team member. Although this did not happen to often, out coach would help us working together and make sure we weren’t wasting any time by talking or bickering in any way. As a team sport, collaboration is an incredibly important aspect as without the team we can’t play, and in order to play well a team relationship must be created so we can effectively communicate and collaborate during training and during games. I think in the end we all managed to work together as a team nicely, and I think everyone learnt more skills about how to work together well as a team with people you aren’t familiar with.

Initial Reflection

This year, I will participated in Kahaani for the first time. I’m in the bollywood/hardcare dance on Thursdays. I have never before in my life been in a dance performance such as Kahaani. It was a very new experience for me as I haven’t danced before or performed in from of an audience in a lot time.

Starting this new experience with Kahaani, there are some things that I need to think about in order to properly do my best in it. In order to do so, I need to become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to something like this, which I have never done before. I have had no previous experiences like Kahaani and it is a very new so I think that some of my weaknesses will be the commitment that is required to work at something like this for a longer period of time. I am also not used to working in a group and collaborating in such a way that everything must be done together and you have to be conscious of everyone else. In order to improve this I think I just need to try my hardest to be there for rehearsal every time and to stay focused during, to not distract anyone or get distracted myself. I will also try to contribute as much as I can if needed, to give feedback to the dance leader and be part of the group as much as I can. Another big weakness I will experience during this is my dance skills, I don’t have any since I’ve never been in a proper dance like this before so I will also have to try my best to practice and memorise the dance moves. Some of my strengths for this could be that I am a really good listener, and I always try my best to pay attention and understand what is being told to me. I think I will be able to try my hardest to learn the dance even if I find it difficult, mainly because I know people will be watching it and I don’t want to let down my dance group. Overall, I hope the new experience of Kahaani will let me explore new opportunities maybe in the future if I want to rejoin Kahaani next year, or possibly looking at other dance opportunities.

EE Day Reflection

Today during EE day, I managed to do a lot of work and gather a lot of useful information from reliable sites in which the school provided to me. I learnt about the new site where I can find information and websites that are reliable and have good information for me to use for my work. The information that I have seen and read today has helped me to learn a lot of new useful information that I can use in my Extended Essay, important information that helps to build on my current knowledge, knowledge that I can use to expand the information in my EE. I am proud that I finally got the resources and websites that I require to consolidate my information and essay, the websites and information that I have found are very informative, valuable and interesting. The next step that I need to take is to finish finalising my outline fully, make sure that everything is clear and easy to understand for me, and start writing my essay bit by bit. I need to focus on fully explaining my information into the essay paragraphs as some of the concepts are more complex and hard to understand.

 

Initial Reflection

I have chosen a Psychology topic for my Extended Essay and my supervisor is Ms. Anne-Marie. During the first meeting that we had, we discussed the topic sentence that I was interested in, which was at the time ‘How effective is medical marijuana on anxiety’ which we decided had to be refined and made more specific and focused. . Since then I have refined my topic to be ‘How effective is medical marijuana on social anxiety in young adults’.

My research on my topic has been very interesting but not easy. I have found many resources on studies into social anxiety in order to firstly explain that issue, but I haven’t found too many studies into the connection between medical marijuana and social anxiety that reliable enough. In order to takle this issue, I will have to find better resources in my research to find more educational and reliable websites to further my research.

Social Identity Theory Recap

My social identity of being half Dutch and half Vietnamese effects me in different ways depending on the country I am in. If I am in one of the countries, that identity becomes more salient, while in the other country that other identity is more salient. Growing up in neither of the countries, has effected the way I view my nationality and identity, as most of the time I feel disconnected to my culture as a third world child.

KF Case Sudy by Shalice and Warrington (1970)

Recap the KF Case Study by Shallice and Warrington (1970) and explain how this also supports the Working Memory Model.

The story of KF, a man who suffered a motorcycle accident which caused damage to his left parietal occipital region of the brain, is a story that caught the eyes of Shalice and Warrington(1970). After his accident, KF showed a very poor digit span(short term), but could remember 10 word sequences and even remember them some months late. This contradicted the Multi-Store model as it predicts that a STM is required to transfer information into the LTM, and support this Working Memory model.

The Working Memory model proposed by Baddeley and Hitch(1974) shows that STM and LTM are more complicated than the Multi-Story model proposed, instead, each containing different components. This model proposes that LTM is comprised of 3 different types of LTM, episodic(memories of events), procedural(knowledge of how to do things), and semantic(general knowledge), as it is understood that there is not only 1 single unit for LTM as memory can be categorised into many different types of knowledge. As well as STM, replacing the name of Short Term Memory, to Working Memory, containing different systems for unique processing different types of information. Working Memory includes, Central Executive, Phonological Loop, Visuo-Spacial Sketchpad, and Episodic Buffer.

KF and his accident, support the Working Memory model as his STM was no longer intact but he still managed to send information to LTM, supporting the claim of Working Memory that there are different systems within the working memory(STM), meaning that when one system is damaged, another system can still transfer a certain different type of memory to the LTM.

Final Reflection

Taking part in Kahaani this year was overall, a really great experience and I felt really proud of myself in taking part and trying something I’ve never done before.

In order to properly participate and take part in the dance, weekly practices were in place at lunch, which like any other student, isn’t exactly I time in which you want to go to practice, but I managed to attend every practice and I didn’t miss a single one. Each practice session we would firstly practice, but we would also have to talk and figure out our formations and sometimes our dance leader would let us interpret her dance moves she showed us and we would be allowed to voice our opinion on which move we thought was best for the dance. I knew that, not having been part of an experience like this before, I needed to make sure I was on top of it and didn’t bail on practices, especially when my friend in the dance did start to skip practice. I really promised to myself that I had to go to each weekly practice, as I missed one because I was overseas, I really needed to attend the rest or I would fall behind. For me, I wasn’t very difficult to participate and try my hardest during practice as I wanted my first ever performance to be something to be proud of. I’m not a very good performer and sometimes I get stressed and heated under pressure. At the end of our ‘journey’, with the performance 2 weeks later, I had to take a trip to Holland, missing 1 practice, which put me behind a little bit as the new moves I couldn’t really grasp. I asked someone in my group to teach it to me, and I tried my best to practice as much as I could until I memorized it. I have always had a problem with dance as I find it hard to memorize the steps and the order, sometimes during rehearsal I would fall behind or miss a move, but thankfully, during the final performance everything went smoothly, even the extra finale dance as well.

I think I learnt a lot with this new experience that I will take further if I ever do something like this again, using the new skills that I learnt.

Review on Stereotypes & Globalization

Stereotypes are formed due to the interactions we have with people of different cultures than our own and how we form schemas on those cultures in our own minds. We observe the behaviour of one person from the culture and assume that all people from that culture act in that certain way. Stereotypes can also be formed from information that is given to us from others, through stories or maybe in social media such as tv shows or movies. The idea of stereotyping links with Globalisation very well as globalisation effects stereotypes a lot. It is perceived that during globalisation, when an individual is exposed to many different cultures at once, their own culture becomes very salient as they might feel Stereotype Threat and feel the need to protect their culture. Globalisation can also cause people to create stereotypes of the culture they are being exposed to in a way to separate themselves from the other cultures, which can lead to memory distortion, which is when a stereotype about another culture is so strongly put into someones brain that even if someone from that culture is not acting accordingly to the stereotype, the person will still think that they are acting in that certain way.