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Monday, July 31, 2006

am currently listening to roxette's it must have been love. probably me being jiwang, but i LOVE this song. love love love. i love light and easy fm :D

Roxette - It Must Have Been Love

Lay a whisper on my pillow
Leave the winter on the ground
I wake up lonely, is there a silence
In the bedroom and all around

Touch me now, I close my eyes
And dream away...

It must have been love,
but it's over now
It must have been good,
but I lost it somehow
It must have been love,
but it's over now
From the moment we touched
till the time had run out

Make believing we're together
That I'm sheltered by your heart
But in and outside I turn to water
Like a teardrop in your palm

And it's a hard winter's day
I dream away...

It must have been love,
but it's over now
It was all that I wanted,
now I'm living without
It must have been love,
but it's over now

It's where the water flows,
it's where the wind blows

It must have been love,
but it's over now
It must have been good,
but I lost it somehow
It must have been love,
but it's over now
From the moment we touched
till the time had run out

-x-
met up with ju-lien for lunch just now :) she just started her attachment with AmMerchant. that's a good investment bank, am super happy for her. another friend of mine has just resigned and i have no idea what her immediate plan is. seems that a lot of my friends who are in investment banking aren't exactly happy with where they are, save for me. must be lady luck smiling on me i suppose; with me liking my working environment, and most of my colleagues. wheeeeeeeeeeeee.

i attended a training entitled "more business writing that works" conducted by a certain individual whom i have tremendous respect for. a lot of people may think that business writing is something boring, probably won't be relevant to my line of work (i've heard people snickering and giving me the look when i told them i was attending a soft skills training course). but boy was i wrong. the training was FABULOUS. not only did i learn how to analyze readers' personalities and learn how to write business letters/correspondences/documents to suit their personality types, i've also learnt to write better in general, using proper punctuation, grammar, etc. it's like an english class. hehe.

ooh, and i've also learnt what sort of personality i am. :D there was this question that we were supposed to answer that would determine our personality, and i thought that mine was spot on. i know this question by itself doesn't justify your personality, but in my case, i thought it made a great deal of sense.

Question: You have just bought a DVD player and the salesperson has just delivered it to your home five minutes ago. The DVD player is out of its box and is sitting there waiting for you to do something with it. What is the next step you would do?

Answer:
A) Take out the manual and read from the first page to the last before attempting to do anything with the DVD player
B) Start playing with the knobs and dials, and learn how the DVD player works by trial and error.
C) Take a look at all the connecting points, take a look at the entire DVD player, study it thoroughly and figure out how the whole thing works without first consulting the manual.
D) Pick up the telephone and call a friend for quick instructions.

knowing me, i was torn between choices A and C. in the end i picked A, cause that's what i'd most probably do =P nerdy leh. So anyways,

If you chose A) - you're a reflector
If you chose B) - you're an activist
If you chose C) - you're a theorist
if you chose D) - you're a pragmatist

Peter Honey and Alan Mumford have identified four main learning style preferences.


Activist

Reflector

Theorist

Pragmatist


Activists:

Activists like to be involved in new experiences and are enthusiastic about new ideas. They enjoy doing things and tend to act first and consider the implications afterwards. They are unlikely to prepare for the learning experience or review their learning afterwards.

Activists learn best when:
involved in new experiences, problems and opportunities
working with others in team tasks or role-playing
being thrown in the deep end with a difficult task
chairing meetings, leading discussions

Activists learn less when:
listening to lectures or long explanations
reading, writing or thinking on their own
absorbing and understanding data
following precise instruction to the letter

Reflectors:
Reflectors like to view the situation from different perspectives. They like to collect data, review and think carefully before coming to any conclusions. They enjoy observing others and will listen to their views before offering their own.

Reflectors learn best when:
observing individuals or groups at work
reviewing what has happened and thinking about what they have learned
producing analyses and reports doing tasks without tight deadlines


Reflectors learn less when:
acting as leader or role-playing in front of others
doing things with no time to prepare
being thrown in at the deep end
being rushed or worried by deadlines

Theorists:
Theorists like to adapt and integrate observations into complex and logically sound theories.
They think problems through step- by-step.
They tend to be perfectionists who like to fit things into a rational scheme.

Theorists learn best when:

put in complex situations where they have to use their skills and knowledge
they are in structured situations with clear purpose
they are offered interesting ideas or concepts even though they are not immediately relevant
they have the chance to question and probe ideas

Theorists learn less when:

they have to participate in situations which emphasise emotion and feelings
the activity is unstructured or briefing is poor
they have to do things without knowing the principles or concepts involved
they feel they're out of tune with the other participants, for example people with different learning styles

Pragmatists:
Pragmatists are eager to try things out.
They like concepts that can be applied to their job.
They tend to be impatient with lengthy discussions and are practical and down to earth.

Pragmatists learn best when:
there is a link between the topic and job
they have the chance to try out techniques
they are shown techniques with obvious advantages such as saving time
they are shown a model they can copy

Pragmatists learn less when:

there is no obvious or immediate benefit that they can recognise
there is no practice or guidelines on how to do it
there is no apparent benefit to the learning
the event or learning is 'all theory'

Source: Mumford, A. (1997) How to manage your learning environment. Peter Honey Publications.

so yeah, i'm a hybrid theorist-reflector :)


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