Procrastination and time management

I would definitely wanna find my state of crazy learning in high school and undergrad. Only aiming for one thing, going/running for it. Passion and enthusiasm. But now? Kind of hard…

I am studying mobile tech and learning. Literature reveals that tech cannot lead to learning outcomes, where pedagogical practices matters. Tech can engage and motivate learners. But, seriously, as a learner, I sometimes doubt it!!!

I find it hard to concentrate. So many temptations!!! Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Sina Weibo, emails, webs… SO MUCH! So distracting! I used to be a very good self-directed/self-regulated learner. But after these 6 monthes here back in Uni from work, I find it hard for me… I have been asking myself why. Lack of passion? No. I like my topic? Lack of support? No, I like my supervisors and colleagues. Lack of what? Directions? Perhaps… It’s easy to randomly pick up a phd student and find him/her also slow and confusing… this process, locating a good topic or question, is not easy. I kind of envy my friend in the medical science faculty, who just follow the whole research group, just work. But I also sometimes think that, what I am doing now, is a good chance to see whom I wanna be in the future. I am glad that, after the reading, I have lots of ideas for post doc… but, come on, I just need a good research question at this moment.

Speaking of the slow pace, I cannot avoid mentioning procrastination. Some workshops recommend the time management things, e.g. pomodoro technique. But I was not quite sure about that… Lots ppl say they plan well but execute badly. Me too. LOL. Maybe I need good stimulations. Well, this can be a good research topic, guys. Procrastination, time management, plan, execution.

Anyway, I tried an iOS app two weeks ago. Nice, I think it’s helping me. The app is a combination of pomodoro technique, GTD, gamification, storytelling, and data visualisation. The app uses gamification and storytelling to ‘seduce’ you to get more ‘pomodoro’. The visualisation of learning analytics does help me realise how much time I spend on my work. Ppl always don’t compare to others. LOL, but you need to compare to yourself! I am using it, and I feel guilty for not having enough pomodoro a day.

My middle/ high school experience

I am not going to review or criticise the schooling in CHN. I just wanna say sth about my experience.

‘Key’ matters

‘Key’ matters. It represents a higher possibility of high scores and greater hope of the ‘key universities’ admission.

As you known, high school in China is crazy, especially the ‘key class in the key high school’. From my second year of middle school, where ppl name it Year 8 in the western system, I was classified into one of the ‘key classes’ until graduation (Year 9). Entreing a ‘key high school’, nothing changed. Still, in the first year (Year 10), all classes are the same. But classification of students would be done for 2nd and 3rd year (Year 11 & 12). I was lucky enough to secure a position in a ‘key class’. But that’s not the end. The position is not fixed… If your performance gets worse, you would be assigned to the ‘normal class’ again. Vice versa, you can be upgraded to a ‘key class’ if you are good enough.

Yes, you are right, ‘key classes’ are equipped with the best teachers, and the whole learning pace is much faster rather than other normal class. When ‘the normal classes’ has finished 5 math units, for example, ‘the key classes’ have already done 7 units. Everyone is trained to be extremely intensive, competitive, and concentrated to survive in school。

Bullying issue? No time for it.

When I mentioned ‘no time for bullying’, Please don’t misunderstand. I was not going to say that ‘no time to deal with it’, instead, students have no time to think or behave bullying. We only aim at an ideal university’s admission, higher score, and a possible bright future that the scores lead to. Students are rather collaborative to help each other to tackle the exercise questions. Really, students with hopes and students with less hopes in my school, are typically classified by scores. True, it’s cruel and sad. But as my mum says, when u know how to survive in the intensive academic environment in high school, u would know how to survive in the future society. Every society has its cruel rules.

That’s why, bully is never an issue happening in the school. So when I went to UK and here in NZ, I, at the first time, was surprised that bullying can be a big issue in western culture. From my point of view, bullying issue might be the result of the classifications among students, ‘Cool kids’ and ‘nerds’. I may wanna share more of my thinking in the future blogs.

Emmmm, schooling, such a big topic, I may leave it later to discuss more…