Though I am self-assured in my descriptive statistics question, entering data, accessing statistics. Writing conclusions and drawing and labelling graphs, are areas I want to progress more. When answering the statistics question during my sector studies exam, I was able to use my familiarity gained from previous tests to apply a strong academic answer, which I know was effective since receiving feedback through email from my tutor.

Within the exam I found some of the questions unfair for instance, I had to name different research websites which put me at a disadvantage as I wasn’t expecting a question in that form to be a part of the exam. As a result, I found it challenging to write an answer to the question, which was throughout the exam from start to finish in different questions. Prior to the exam, the head lecture who was in charge of sector studies gave me guidance throughout the course and even organizing extra support sessions, which provided me more sureness as I felt encouraged to complete the task.

However, upon seeing the amount of comments on my first practice paper, I felt disheartened. But after I had looked over them, I realised these results are all positive inclusions towards the goal of success. It reminded me that while I was able to do really well on the descriptive statistics question, I need to develop my entering data, writing conclusions and drawing and labelling graphs skills further, as in next semester those skills will be a part of my module nutritional biochemistry.

I am very interested in developing my skills on areas in sector studies where I am not at my strongest, and so using the notes from my lecturer I can take the outcome from the exam on board and create a plan to improve on areas where I’m not so effective at, by using a method known as Cornell method. Originated from united states of America University. This strategy gets me thinking about what I have learned during my semester, by writing down key information from my lecture then summarizing the content being revised (Duyga centingoz, 2010).

Each day I will spend 3-5 hours going over topics that I feel less confident in, designing flash cards that will have written on them key terms from the subject area I need to remember. asking for extra support from fellow peers or using literature from the library that has suitable information to excel my knowledge. A good book to use would be probability and statistics by (Spiegel, Schiller and Srinivasan, 2013) This book goes into good detail explaining the problems I am bound to see during my undergraduate degree. The book explains how link and probability are connected and how to understand statistical or probability outputs.

I found the Cornell method the best way of revising because, I had to remember different methods for working out results, for me to then explain what the results show for example the mean; highest recorded data takeaway the lowest recorded data. The median; is a statistic method used for splitting the higher group of numbers from the lower group of numbers from data points that have the values above or below the median value (Manikandan S. 2011) ∑ represents sum of total numbers used in the same concept as the mean when working out the total amount of how many numbers there are; 6,8,9,3,2,0,10 the answer would be 38 as this is the total of all the figures added together.

But next year I plan to change it because I feel it would be beneficial to change how I approach revision using a different method known as select elect. Is another revision technique that will be effective for my development in learning. The method gets me to think about my revision by choosing the best from a chosen revision subject, facts ideas or terms. Prioritizes information which is the most important knowledge, ideas and concepts I need for future examinations. This technique leads me to engage with my syllabus material whilst being aware of what would be the most useful information I need to remember (Zhang, 2016).

Fundamentals in bio-veterinary science have shown me how much of my scientific knowledge I need to improve on. While I feel conformable talking about acid, bases, and buffers. Scientific notation and chemical nomenclature. Osmosis, homeostasis, and stoichiometry are areas that I feel less positive towards, and as a result has led to assignments within fundamentals not achieving the grades that I desire. Learning from my assignments I can now create a plan looking over my comments from tutors which I can then evaluate from to improve on future assignments within those subject areas.

References

Duyga centingoz, 2010 university students learning processes of note-taking strategies procedia-social and behavioural sciences volume 2 issue 2 pages 4098-4108 Available from https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/82631899.pdf

Manikandan S. Measures of central tendency: Median and mode. J Pharmacol Pharmacother [serial online] 2011 [cited 2019 May 24];2:214-5. Available from: http://www.jpharmacol.com/text.asp?2011/2/3/214/83300

Spiegel, M., Schiller, J. and Srinivasan, R. (2013). Probability and statistics. New York: McGraw-Hill.4th edition.

Zhang, L. (2016). Believability Relations for Select-Direct Sentential Revision. Studia Logica, [online] 105(1), pp.37-63. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11225-016-9681-0 [Accessed 24 May 2019].