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Unit 1 Paper

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Past, Present, Future You

Where have you been, who are you now, what direction will you go now?

 

For this first unit paper you will use these ideas to help you organize and develop a self-analysis paper.  Make sure to include any information you have learned from the first journal assignments: discovering your learning style and time management.  Listed below are some thoughts to get you going. 

 

 

The questions below are designed to help you to think more deeply and make some plans for how to work with your strengths and overcome your limitations while tying into how you prefer to learn and how you have accomplished things in the past. Review the questions to help you analyze yourself and to get you started on your Self Analysis Paper. Use your answers to the questions as a way to start the brainstorming process to help you eventually write the paper. You should not use everything you write in answer to the questions as part of your paper, you should review the answers to help you identify themes and/or issues that will help you write about how to work with your strengths and overcome your limitations in personal, professional and academic contexts.

 

-What are some of the bad student habits that you would like to change?

-What are some ideas that you have learned about that you'd like to try?

-What kind of resources will you use that will make you a better student

-What skills do you have in another area of your life that you can apply to being a student?

-Who will be your support network throughout your education?

-What are your strengths and weaknesses as a student, what is your plan to improve the weaknesses?

-Is there a difference between you as a student 5,10, 20 years ago vs. you now?  If so, explain

 


 

When I think of myself as a learner, I can best describe myself as...(fill in at least 5 descriptive phrases that currently represent who you are or who you have been as a learner)

 

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Make a list of at least 5 of your personal, academic, and professional strengths. Strengths are those skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, interests, and past achievements that add to your sense of self- efficacy. They give you a sense of your identity and develop your confidence, competence, and self-esteem.

 

PERSONAL  

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ACADEMIC                                            

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PROFESSIONAL

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Make a list of at least 5 of your personal, academic, and professional limitations. Think of your limits as those deficiencies, conditions, attitudes, and characteristics that have been obstacles to your achievements in the past.

 

PERSONAL 

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ACADEMIC

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PROFESSIONAL

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Here are some more questions to answer that will give you more information as you write your Self Analysis assignment. Write your answers to each.

 

Think back to when you where younger; then move forward in time through your life. What were your accomplishments, your hobbies, and interests? What gave you satisfaction? What did you dislike? Try to remember the moments in your life when you forgot about the time, when you were so involved in what you were doing that you didn't notice time passing and you didn't want to stop.

 

 

 

 

Describe some highlights and explain why a particular memory is a highlight. Don't rationalize your choices; just explore why these memories are good ones for you? How did you feel emotionally? Physically?

 

 

 

 

Read over what you have written and look for common themes. What kinds of things keep coming up? What would you say is your primary motivator or passion? Write this down!

 

 

The notes for these questions are the outline for your self assessment paper! Your goal is to write a 3-4 paged paper that does an indepth analysis of yourself in personal, professional and academic contexts. The questions above are to help you to think more deeply and make some plans for how to work with your strengths and overcome your limitations while tying into how you prefer to learn and how you have accomplished things in the past.

 

 


We created a short help guide below for how to complete the paper. You can use this process for any assignment you have.

 

FIRST -- ANALYZE THE QUESTION

For your Self-Analysis Paper, you need to write a 3-4 page (advanced) 1-2 pages (intro) paper.

 

Use the questions that asked you to think of yourself as a learner, descriptively and then your strengths and limitations in the areas of your personal, academic, and professional lives. 

We defined strengths as those skills, attitudes, personal characteristics, interests, and past achievements that add to your sense of self- efficacy. They give you a sense of your identity and develop your confidence, competence, and self-esteem.

 

We defined limitations as those deficiencies, conditions, attitudes, and characteristics that have been obstacles to your achievements in the past.

 

The following were just thought questions to help you develop examples to support your analysis.

 

Think back to when you where younger; then move forward in time through your life. What were your accomplishments, your hobbies, and interests? What gave you satisfaction? What did you dislike? Try to remember the moments in your life when you forgot about the time, when you were so involved in what you were doing that you didn't notice time passing and you didn't want to stop. 

 

Describe some highlights and explain why a particular memory is a highlight. Don't rationalize your choices; just explore why these memories are good ones for you? How did you feel emotionally? Physically?

 

Read over what you have written and look for common themes. What kinds of things keep coming up? What would you say is your primary motivator or passion? Write this down!

 

The notes for these questions are the outline for your self assessment paper! Your goal is to write a 3-4 paged (or 1-2 paged) paper that does an indepth analysis of yourself in personal, professional and academic contexts. The questions above are to help you to think more deeply and make some plans for how to work with your strengths and overcome your limitations while tying into how you prefer to learn and how you have accomplished things in the past.

 

 

SECOND – MAKE YOUR PLAN TO ANSWER THE QUESTION

How we would approach answering the assignment?

As a list…

  • INTRODUCTION - why am I writing this. State your purpose by restating the key parts of the question - this helps the reader (instructor) know you understood what was being asked of you and you are aiding the reader (instructor) in understanding what you are going to talk about.

 

  • BODY – Can take different forms –
    • Could be strengths as the focus in each of the three areas (academic, personal and professional) and then the limits in those areas as separate paragraphs

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    • Each area (academic, personal and professional) as a separate paragraph with strengths and limitations both discussed under that particular area

 

  • CONCLUSION - make a plan for success including a connection to the strentghs, limitations, and your learning style. 

 

 

You might also want to think of organizing the paper according to a mind map. See the sample below:

 

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