Moving on!

This is it everyone. My final blog for my course. Thank you for all your support by sharing your opinions and reading mine throughout the last four to five weeks. As this assignment comes to an end, today I will discuss how I plan to successfully complete this unit and how will this unit help me in achieving my goals! My course of critical thinking in creative media is all about learning to learn in a new way, responding to things with a different approach and thinking CRITICALLY as well as outside the box; and this will help me immensely as I am entering into the field of music and music production and this quality is extremely important. “Critical Thinking skills teach a variety of skills that can be applied to any situation in life that calls for reflection, analysis and planning”, (Islam, 2015).

This unit is often found hard by students but the key is patience, consistency and to work with a clear mind in order to achieve the best results. “Nothing great is ever accomplished without persistence and patience because, in order to be successful, your dreams must translate into work”, (Warren, 2014). As in my last blog I stated that I am extremely impatient and not a reader, this unit has already helped me improve my learning skills as its filled with researching, reading and learning new information and has already made me a bit more fond of reading and a lot more patient as a person. This unit has also made me realise the importance of research not only in studies but in any aspect of life. “Research is important because it gives direction to deal with a specific problem”, (Positions, 2012). The hours spent on reading material, researching to find references or to learn new information to blog about or even for just general knowledge, this course has definitely helped me become a better and much more patient learner.

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Personal Strengths and Weaknesses

When it comes to learning, we all have our strengths and weaknesses and its extremely important to strengthen our weaknesses which can only be possible by identifying them. Hello everyone! Hope you enjoyed my blog on learning styles, in this weeks blog; I will discuss my strengths and weaknesses as a learner, the things I need to work on and the resources available at my university to help me achieve my goals.

One of my major strengths as a learner is that I have a sharp memory, as I am a musician; I have the practice of learning tons and tons of song lyrics and notes which has helped me enhance the power of my memory. In an article on benefits of playing an instrument, Mr Matthews stated, “playing a musical instrument stimulates your brain and can increase your memory”, (Matthews, 2016). Another characteristic of mine I consider as a strength is that I have a sharp, quick and adaptive mind and due to being a guitarist, I have learn to adapt to different keys, tones and melodies before playing the right arpeggios, thus leading to a sharp and quick brain. In an other article on benefits of playing an instrument, “musicians performed better at cognitive tests than non musicians. Regularly playing any instrument is a great form of exercise for the brain”, (Revolution, 2016, Para 2).

On the other hand, I have more than a few flaws which limit my ability to learn. Firstly, I am extremely impatient and I do everything with an extreme determination as I have no patience to wait to be good at or achieve something. Mr Brown gave a positive of being patient as “It allows you time for strategic thinking and completely evaluating a situation”, (Brown, 2010).  Moving on, due to being impatient, I am not a reader. I love to watch and hear news and learn new information through videos and recordings but I do not read books, magazines or even articles. Reading is essential to moving forward as it allows us to gain experience from others and we do not have to repeat their mistakes, “When you are reading, you are actually gaining the knowledge and experience of someone”, (Wong, 2012).

My university; School of Audio Engineering; has a plethora of resources for us to improve our knowledge and educate ourselves. Firstly, our campus library which allows us to borrow books and notes. Secondly, our online portal with lesson reports and unit guides which help us to stay on track with our assignments and we also have an online library with an endless number of books and articles for us to read and learn from and with the help of these resources, I will learn to learn in a more patient manner with a preference to read. 

Reference list

Brown, M. (2010) Patience – strategic advantage or disadvantage? | the Brainzooming group. Available at: http://brainzooming.com/is-patience-a-strategic-advantage-or-disadvantage-tie-breaker-tuesday/4062/ (Accessed: October 2016).
Matthews, M. (2016) 18 benefits of playing a musical instrument. Available at: http://www.effectivemusicteaching.com/articles/directors/18-benefits-of-playing-a-musical-instrument/ (Accessed: October 2016).
Revolution, H.F. (2016) Top 10 health benefits of playing an instrument • health fitness revolution. Available at: http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-playing-instrument/ (Accessed: October 2016).
Wong, J. (2012) 8 reasons why reading is so important. Available at: http://www.inspirationboost.com/8-reasons-why-reading-is-so-important (Accessed: October 2016).

Style of Learning

Learning and educating ourselves is a vital component of our life as when we learn, we grow. Despite the fact that most of us our taught in a similar way, none of us learn exactly the same way as someone else does. “You are a unique learner. No one else learns in exactly the same way you do”, (Ezekiel, 2006). There are three main learning types; auditory, kinaesthetic and visual. No one is a perfect combination of three, neither is anyone a 100% one learning style. “You should always strive to create learning that engages a variety of these styles”, (Ferriman, 2013, Para 3).

Auditory learners are those who learn through listening and sound, kinaesthetic learners learn through touch or doing the task themselves and visual learners learn from sight; everything they see. I personally am an auditory learner; I prefer to learn via putting things into form of music or by memorising information in the rhythm of my favourite song therefore allowing me to remember easily. Here are a few of the traits in me that are found in auditory learners as of Antonio Maurice Daniels, “Auditory learners enjoy music”, “Auditory learners like to be read to” and “Auditory learners enjoy talking”, (Daniels, 2012).I also tend to listen to people often without eye contact as I often do not need to make eye contact to understand and learn what one is saying or teaching.

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A learning style test I took

Once you have identified your learning style, you can use it to your advantage by learning to your strengths. As I am an auditory learner, I should use tricks and techniques in order to support my style, such as; “Aural learners benefit from repeating information verbally”, (Lovasz, 2016). Using these techniques will help us, not only in studies but also for the rest of our lives.

Reference list

Daniels, A.M. (2012) 10 characteristics of Auditory learners. Available at: https://revolutionarypaideia.com/2012/10/15/10-characteristics-of-auditory-learners/ (Accessed: October 2016).

Ezekiel, R. (2006) Why is knowing your learning style important? Available at: https://www.studyingstyle.com/learning-style-benefits/ (Accessed: October 2016).

Ferriman, J. (2013) 7 major learning styles – which One are you? Available at: https://www.learndash.com/7-major-learning-styles-which-one-is-you/ (Accessed: October 2016).

Lovasz, A. (2016) Becoming a sponge: How to use your learning style to your advantage. Available at: http://www.business.com/education/using-your-learning-style-to-your-advantage/ (Accessed: October 2016).

Place of Work

Workspace; a very private, intimate and superficial place where an individual does their best work with highest creativity and comfort. Whether it be a personal location at home or a distinguished workspace in an office, having a place of work with a strong mental connection is extremely critical. Hello everyone! Welcome to my brand new blog and in this blog I will cover my workspace, what makes my workspace my place of work and what I believe can and will improve it.

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My Workspace

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Drum Student
I work from home as a guitar, bass and drum teacher. Nicolas Bloom stated in the Harvard Business review article, “we found that people working from home completed 13.5% more calls than the staff in the office did”, (Bloom, Para 2, 2014) in a study which concluded that people who work from home achieve greater levels of productivity due to being in their personal surroundings and not having to spend time commuting.
On the other hand, Kathy Harrop believes that working from home makes workers lazy and demotivated as she pointed out that, “When there is no real reason to wake up early, you’re more likely to lounge in bed”, (Harrop, Para 6, 2014) in an article. While some might agree with her, I believe working from home gives me the ability to work at a higher level of productivity as I have everything I need at my disposal and an extra level of comfort. “You can do your job wherever and whenever you want…you can even sit in a beach chair with a cocktail in hand for all I care…as long as you get our desired results”, (Kruse, Para 1, 2012). This is why my place of work is in my house rather than a music institute.

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Guitar Student
Lastly, in order to improve my workspace I will require some musical equipment such as dynamic and condenser microphones, pop filters and to add some bright colours by either painting the walls or having paintings on the wall. “Scientific studies have shown that colors don’t just change our moods, they also profoundly impact our productivity”, (Shandrow, Para 3, 2015).

 

 

 

 

 

Reference List

Bloom, N. (2014). To raise productivity, let more employees work from home. Retrieved from Harvard Business Review, https://hbr.org/2014/01/to-raise-productivity-let-more-employees-work-from-home

Harrop, K. (2014). Reasons working from home is bad for you. Retrieved from Business 2 Community, http://www.business2community.com/health-wellness/3-reasons-working-home-bad-0827225#lTqt6SbPV8ZfO38f.97

Kruse, K. (2012). Top 10 benefits of working from home (survey results). Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinkruse/2012/12/18/benefits-working-from-home/#668c3d2e6b68

Shandrow, K. L. (2015). How the color of your office impacts productivity (Infographic). Retrieved from Grow Your Business, https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/243749

All About Abhishek

A few words to a big story of Abhishek Gaur.blog-1-pic

Hi there, my name is Abhishek Gaur and I am an Audio Engineering student at SAE institute in Dubai.I am originally from Delhi, India but my family and I have been in Dubai all my life.This is my very first blog and in this I will give a brief description of who I am, where I get my motivation and inspiration from and what my goals are. 

Music is my passion and my life purpose; I am a singer/songwriter, guitarist, drummer and bassist. Music has always been a release of feelings and emotions for me; an outlet that allowed me to express myself in an healthy and constructive manner. “Music is the soundtrack to every good and bad time we will ever have”, (Gaskarth, 2009) is a quote by my music idol, Alex Gaskarth; who inspired me to make music out of the things I experience in my life.

I did my schooling at Cambridge International School as a commerce student. Till grade nine, I aspired to be a lawyer but after I found my love and passion for music, a musician was all I wanted to be. In ten years from now, I foresee myself as a successful entrepreneur; who runs his own music production and audio engineering firm; a firm that sponsors young bands and artists. At the same time, a successful musician; once again sponsored by my own music company.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you fell no pain”, (Marley, 1975); this quote from a song called Trenchtown Rock by the legend, Bob Marley; is a brilliant example of how healing and soothing music can be in tough times. This is my exact goal in life; to heal, nurture and help the world through my music. 


Reference List

Gaskarth, A. (2009). A quote by Alex Gaskarth. Retrieved from http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/759077-music-is-the-soundtrack-to-every-good-and-bad-time

Marley, B. (1975). BOB MARLEY SONG LYRICS – Trenchtown rock. Retrieved October 5, 2016, from http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobmarley/trenchtownrock.html